Sessions 2017

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Over the three days of the London Screenwriters’ Festival we will run over one hundred seminars, workshops and networking events for professional screenwriters. We film most sessions, so if you miss one, or two clash, you’ll be able to catch up later online. For updates about the festival, sign up below.

Paying for the London Screenwriters’ festival has been worth every penny already. The videos from previous years are superb. Love it.

Dave Scullion, Screenwriter

Dave Scullion, Screenwriter

Headline

Die Hard Script to Screen LIVE with Jeb Stuart

Die Hard Script to Screen LIVE with Jeb Stuart

Come down to Tuke Hall… “We’ll get together, have a few laughs”… and watch the 1998 smash hit, whilst screenwriter Jeb Stuart talks us through the development and production of this Bruce Willis classic.

The 2017 British Screenwriters’ Awards

The 2017 British Screenwriters’ Awards

It’s about time someone put the originators and architects of great storytelling front and centre. And so we did! Now in our fourth year, join a roster of the BIGGEST writing names rubbing shoulders with the hottest newcomers in the UK.

What made LSF different from so many events was that you guys clearly thought about the experience of the delegate when organising the event.

Colleen Burn, Screenwriter

Colleen Burn, Screenwriter

Beyond the workshop

Get Your Script Performed

Get Your Script Performed

Have scenes from your script read, performed and workshopped by professional actors and directors.

Script Chat

Script Chat

Get intimate face-to-face time in our hugely popular Script Chat roundtable sessions. Ask our speakers the questions you want answered.

Script To Screen

Script To Screen

Read the script, watch the film or TV show, then meet the writers, filmmakers and producers at the festival.

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Meet 30 new writers, producers and directors in our 90 minute speed networking event. Fast, FUN and designed to create powerful new relationships.

The Writers Room

The Writers Room

Join five other writers and a seasoned showrunner for a whole day on Thursday (the 1st September) to write a show for a long running TV series. Welcome to the pressure cooker that is the ‘Writers Room’ at LondonSWF.

You have transformed the very idea of a Screenwriters Conference into an event FOR and BY writers... I suspect you are also transforming the industry as you go

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Great British PitchFest

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Pitch – face to face over Skype – with Hollywood producers and execs. Sessions are 90 minutes and you should get around 7 or 8 pitches in during that time.

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

This is your big moment… Pitch your killer project to professional producers and top agents. Past sessions have resulted in options AND representation!

The Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch

Are you good enough to exit the elevator with the million dollar business card before the doors slide shut?

The Pitch Factor

The Pitch Factor

Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from the London Screenwriters Festival, the Pitch Factor returns with CASH prizes and our very own motley crew of judges!

I’m deeply grateful to LSF for the opportunity to have a legal expert examine my query in such a thoughtful and thorough manner.

Janet Van Eden, Screenwriter

Janet Van Eden, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Practical help

Actors Table Read: LIVE

Actors Table Read: LIVE

How do actors and a director approach your screenplay? What happens when your words are reinterpreted through other artists? Join us for a sensational live onstage performance and deconstruction of one LSF delegate’s script.

Brainstorming Through The Block

Brainstorming Through The Block

Stopped in your tracks by where to go next with a plot point, a character, or a scene? Or maybe you feel it’s just not happening today? Pilar will show you a number of tools that will immediately and powerfully unstick your creativity so the words continue to flow.

Dynamic Dialogue

Dynamic Dialogue

Pilar Alessandra, Hollywood Script Consultant, is here to help you spice up your scripts with memorable, engaging and dynamic dialogue.

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

Following his packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Chris Jones is back to run this highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30 minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!  

It's an incredible festival and I'm really fortunate to have been a part of it

Luke Ryan, Producer 'The Cabin In Ther Woods'

Luke Ryan, Producer

Screenwriting for Film and Television

Film vs TV: Why not do both?

Film vs TV: Why not do both?

Do you consider yourself a feature writer but really want to get in to TV writing? Are you a TV aficionado and want to try your hand at writing for the big screen? Then this session is for you!

Going from 'pass' to 'YES!': Actors and the Script

Going from 'pass' to 'YES!': Actors and the Script

What was that written moment, what was that character action or specific turn of phrase that made our panel of renowned actors pick up the phone and tell their agent, ‘I’m In!’

The A-Z of Storytelling

The A-Z of Storytelling

Drawing inspiration from the great story tellers of the world, Producer and Director of the world famous NFTS, Nik Powell examines storytelling from the point of view of the producer not as is usual from the point of view of the writer or director.

To get so many high powered and practical people to the festival is a terrific achievement. I've benefited and it's more than worth the cost.

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Screenwriters Talent Fast-track

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

We all have concerns about our screenplays and career, but often can’t afford a specialist lawyer. At the festival you can get that face time you need, with a media lawyer.

Meet The Experts

Meet The Experts

A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.

A whirlwind where for three days, the outside world simply ceased to be

Emmanuel Casey, Writer

Emmanuel Casey, Writer

Script Labs

Script Lab 1: Writing ACTION features with 'Die Hard' Screenwriter Jeb Stuart

Script Lab 1: Writing ACTION features with 'Die Hard' Screenwriter Jeb Stuart

Do you love action? Do you dream of explosions, gun fights, and car chases with huge stars trying to kill each other? Do you have a completed action feature script you need to take to the next level?  Then this lab is for you!

LSF is a haven for meeting other writers and getting useful insight from established peers

Annas Eskander, Screenwriter

Annas Eskander, Screenwriter

Open and Close

Festival Opening

Festival Opening

Get fully prepped to get the most from the festival in this kick ass opening that will frame your three day roller coaster. NOT TO BE MISSED!

LondonSWF Close

LondonSWF Close

NOTE THIS SESSION BEGINS AT 6.15pm SHARP AND IS JUST 15 MINS LONG. Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for the next year ahead.

LSF feels like school, uni and the warmest, snuggliest part of my bedroom all rolled into one!

Cera Rose Pickering, screenwriter, actress

Cera Rose Pickering, screenwriter, actress

Social Connection

Networking Drinks In The Marquee Bar

Networking Drinks In The Marquee Bar

Don’t be shy – grab a beer and break out those business cards!

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe Pub on Baker Street

What a fantastic event. I talked loads, pitched loads, and learned loads.

Sinéad Fagan, Screenwriter

Sinéad Fagan, Screenwriter

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 14th 2017)

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 14th 2017)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining Hollywood pitch guru Pilar Alessandra who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

Write a film that the market WANTS with Samantha Horley (Sept 13th 2017)

Write a film that the market WANTS with Samantha Horley (Sept 13th 2017)

Give yourself a better chance of getting your film made, picked up and seen in this OUTSTANDING one day workshop with Producer and Screenwriter Samantha Horley.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

Great sessions, direct contact with industry heavyweights, fellow professionals and newcomers, a great venue, a terrific online network...

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

Writing TV with Pilar Alessandra (March 24th - 25th 2018)

Writing TV with Pilar Alessandra (March 24th - 25th 2018)

In this two day practical masterclass with Pilar Alessandra, we will show you how to deconstruct your ideas and then rebuild them into marketable projects that commissioners will be clamouring to read.

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (Feb 3rd - 4th 2018)

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (Feb 3rd - 4th 2018)

An intensive two-day workshop that breaks down the art and craft of reading scripts to help improve your own writing, to also improve your feedback for other writers and most importantly, to earn you money as a professional reader.

Screenwriting Craft Crash Course with Lucy V Hay (Sat 11th - Sun 12th Nov 2017)

Screenwriting Craft Crash Course with Lucy V Hay (Sat 11th - Sun 12th Nov 2017)

The Screenwriters’ Craft Crash is a must for any writer who needs to get laser focus on their actual pages and elevate it from ‘good’ to ‘recommend’. Bring your laptops, pens, highlighters, print-outs and game-faces! Expect to write and rewrite.

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 15th - 17th 2017)

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 15th - 17th 2017)

With over 1,000 attendees, 100 sessions, 150 industry expert speakers and the biggest names in film and TV (from both the UK and Hollywood), LondonSWF has become the premiere screenwriting event to attend.

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 14th)

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 14th)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining Hollywood pitch guru Pilar Alessandra who will transform you pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

Write a film the market WANTS with Samantha Horley

Write a film the market WANTS with Samantha Horley

Give yourself a better chance of getting your film made, picked up and seen in this OUTSTANDING one day workshop with Producer and Screenwriter Samantha Horley.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept 12th 2017)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept 12th 2017)

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

Perfect Your Pitch: One day Masterclass with Bob Schultz (Aug 5th 2017)

Perfect Your Pitch: One day Masterclass with Bob Schultz (Aug 5th 2017)

With two months to go, get yourself LSF and Pitchfest ready spending a full day developing the skills you need to pitch your project to producers, agents, actors, and more with one of the best Pitch tutors in the world, Bob Schultz.

'Seeing Him' Film Premiere and After Party (June 17th 2017)

'Seeing Him' Film Premiere and After Party (June 17th 2017)

Celebrate with us at the London premiere of ‘Seeing Him’ followed by a cast and crew Q&A and exclusive after party.  

Oscar winning Screenwriter Christopher Hampton at the London Breakfast Club (April 28th 2017)

Oscar winning Screenwriter Christopher Hampton at the London Breakfast Club (April 28th 2017)

Join us as we welcome Dangerous Liaisons and Atonement Screenwriter Christopher Hampton into the London Screenwriters Festival family for a very special afternoon (or as we like to call it – ‘Pimms O’clock’) Breakfast Club.

LSF makes you step out of your comfort zone and experience the fear that will make you free

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

To be revealed before LSF'17

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:45am

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:45am

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 5pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 5pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 6:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 6:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 10:30am

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 10:30am

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 5:00pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 5:00pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 6:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 6:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 9am

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 9am

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 10:30am

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 10:30am

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 5pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 5pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 9am

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 9am

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Genius Tent Friday 2:00pm

Genius Tent Friday 2:00pm

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Genius Tent Friday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Friday 3:30pm

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Genius Tent Friday 5:00pm

Genius Tent Friday 5:00pm

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Genius Tent Friday 6:30pm

Genius Tent Friday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 10:30am

Genius Tent Saturday 10:30am

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Genius Tent Saturday 2.00pm

Genius Tent Saturday 2.00pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 3.30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 3.30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 3:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 5pm

Genius Tent Saturday 5pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 6:30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 9am

Genius Tent Saturday 9am

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Genius Tent Sunday 10:30am

Genius Tent Sunday 10:30am

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Genius Tent Sunday 2.00pm

Genius Tent Sunday 2.00pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 3.30pm

Genius Tent Sunday 3.30pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 9am

Genius Tent Sunday 9am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 5pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 5pm

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Room 5 Friday 10:30am

Room 5 Friday 10:30am

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Room 5 Friday 2:00pm

Room 5 Friday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Friday 3:30pm

Room 5 Friday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Friday 5:00pm

Room 5 Friday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Friday 6:30pm

Room 5 Friday 6:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 10:30am

Room 5 Saturday 10:30am

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Room 5 Saturday 2:00pm

Room 5 Saturday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Saturday 3:30pm

Room 5 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 5:00pm

Room 5 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Saturday 6:30pm

Room 5 Saturday 6:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 9:00am

Room 5 Saturday 9:00am

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Room 5 Sunday 10:30am

Room 5 Sunday 10:30am

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Room 5 Sunday 2:00pm

Room 5 Sunday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Sunday 3:30pm

Room 5 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Sunday 5:00pm

Room 5 Sunday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Sunday 9:00am

Room 5 Sunday 9:00am

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Room 6 Friday 10:30am

Room 6 Friday 10:30am

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Room 6 Friday 2:00pm

Room 6 Friday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Friday 3:30pm

Room 6 Friday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Friday 5:00pm

Room 6 Friday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Friday 6:30pm

Room 6 Friday 6:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 10:30am

Room 6 Saturday 10:30am

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Room 6 Saturday 2:00pm

Room 6 Saturday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Saturday 3:30pm

Room 6 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 5:00pm

Room 6 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Saturday 6:30pm

Room 6 Saturday 6:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 9:00am

Room 6 Saturday 9:00am

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Room 6 Sunday 10:30am

Room 6 Sunday 10:30am

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Room 6 Sunday 2:00pm

Room 6 Sunday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Sunday 3:30pm

Room 6 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Sunday 5:00pm

Room 6 Sunday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Sunday 9:00am

Room 6 Sunday 9:00am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 9am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 9am

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 9am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 9am

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Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 6:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 5pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

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I learned a lot, found strength and courage for pitching (and the next steps), met brilliant people and generally had such a laugh throughout!'

Susie Farrell, Screenwriter

Susie Farrell, Screenwriter