NEW SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED IN SPRING 2018
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 150 professional speakers from all aspects of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate Script Chat sessions after their respective events so that you can get face time with them. New speakers are added periodically with the vast majority being confirmed late spring / early summer 2018. Get updates by signing up below.
I met a huge number of people who were not only great writers, but great company and I'm looking forward to staying in touch with them.
Billy Steel, Screenwriter
Credits include: Downton Abbey, Gosford Park
Author of several best-seller novels, Oscar winner for Gosford Park and creator, writer and executive producer of the multi award-winning Downton Abbey.
Screenwriter of 'K-9' with Jim Belushi and 'Trojan War' with Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Screenwriter and producer, head honcho at 'Go Into The Story' and Black List offical blog scribe.
A whirlwind where for three days, the outside world simply ceased to be
Emmanuel Casey, Writer
Credits include: Endeavour, M.I.High, Seed of Chucky
Betty is the youngest of 14 generations of actors in her family. She has worked on stage and on screen both in film and in TV from a young age.
Pitch Factor not only helped me perfect my pitch, it encouraged me to face my fear head on and that’s invaluable.
Chris Regan, Screenwriter
He wrote THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, easily one of the top ten British films of all time!
Credits include: Waking The Dead, The Bill
Barbara Machin is the BAFTA and EMMY award winning screenwriter who created BBC1’s worldwide selling hit series Waking The Dead.
Credits include: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Nowhere Boy
'Nowhere Boy' and 'Control' Screenwriter Matt's latest feature 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' received three BAFTA noms.
Credits include: Land Girls, Rastamouse, Smack the Pony
Roland created the award-winning returning drama series Land Girls for BBC1 and has written for a range of television series.
Credits include: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who, Torchwood
Award winner Phil has written hundreds of hours of classic TV including The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who and Torchwood.
Credits include: Holby City, Eastenders, Casualty
Accomplished playwright and TV writer Justin is now Head Writer and Consultant Series Producer on Holby City.
Credits include: Horrible Histories, Danger Mouse
Ben has written for numerous award winning children’s comedies and dramas, including Horrible Histories.
Credits include: Blush, Bitch Boxer, Blue
Bitch Boxer writer Charlotte recently won the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award and is currently developing a script with BBC Films.
Credits include: Wolfblood, Hinterland
Debbie is the BAFTA-winning creator and lead writer of the CBBC fantasy drama series Wolfblood, which ran for five series and is shown in nearly 60 countries.
Credits include: Pride & Prejudice, Tulip Fever
Deborah has written 20 novels, 5 of which she adapted for TV and was BAFTA nominated for Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley.
Credits include: Double Game
Over the last few years, Emmanuel has written and developed feature films for Working Title, Film4 and Gold Circle.
Credits include: We Think the World of You, Remembrance
Hugh’s first film Begging the Ring won the Grierson Award and was screened by the BBC, beginning a long career as a screenwriter.
Credits include: The Lentil Sorters
Recipient of the BBC Radio Comedy Writer's Bursary, Jack has written for a wide range of shows and regularly contributed to series such as The News Quiz and Dead Ringers.
Screenwriter and Head of Post Graduate Studies at AFDA Durban’s Film, Television and Performance School
Credits include: Tommies, Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Jonathan created, writes and produces the a four-and-a-half year real-time drama - Tommies which airs on BBC Radio this autumn.
Credits include: Doctors
Lisa’s first episode of BBC drama Doctors aired in June and she has been commissioned for two more; as well as an episode of Eastenders.
Credits include: Horrid Henry, Fimbles, Maisy
Writer and Producer of over 700 TV programmes, Lucinda is co-founder and Creative Director of Novel Entertainment.
Credits include: The Hurting
Lucy's debut novel The Hurting was brought by JK Rowling’s publisher – the legendary Barry Cunningham and Chicken House Books.
Credits include: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
After making his start on Grange Hill, Ol's career path has led him all the way to the BAFTA nominated 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
Credits include: Plebs, How Not To Live Your Life
Sam is the co-creator, writer and director of Plebs, the multi-award-winning Ancient Roman sitcom.
Credits: Ghostwatch, Afterlife
Stephen Volk is a BAFTA-winning writer best known for the controversial 1992 BBCTV "Hallowe’en hoax" Ghostwatch.
Credits include: The Mash Report
Tim is the editor of the Daily Mash, the UK’s most popular original satire website, and lead writer of the hit BBC2 topical show The Mash Report.
Well constructed, beautifully presented – a rollercoaster of emotions with a quality cast of supporting acts – the SWF is everything a movie and a festival should be.
Inga J. Sempel, Screenwriter
People who get stuff made
Credits include: Prime Suspect, Cracker, Queer As Folk
Gub is an award-winning producer who has headed up the Drama departments at both Channel 4 and Granada.
Credits Include: The First Film, How To Change The World
David has been involved in the production/ distribution of over 100 British feature films with budgets from £20,000 to $16 million.
Credits include: Pet Squad, Bear Behaving Badly, Teletubbies
After a short stint in ‘grown up drama', she has been regressing ever since…
Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies
Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
Credits include: Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars
John Yorke is Managing Director of Angel Station where he works as a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling.
Credits include: The Jason Byrne Show, French & Saunders
Julia produces comedies for Radio 2.
Louise recently returned to lead all3media International as CEO after spending 18 months as MD of drama prod. co. Playground Television.
Credits include: The Crying Game, Mona Lisa
Virgin co-founder turned Producer, Nik is the man behind some of the most successful and acclaimed British films of all time.
Credits include: Salmon, The Man in the High Castle
Rhona is Executive Assistant to Frank Spotnitz and Jamie Hall at Big Light Productions, a TV drama production company.
Credits include: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Former exec at BBC Films and head of film at Company Pictures, Robyn is now an independent producer.
Credits include: Holby City
Simon has many years of script editing under his belt and is now Series Producer on Holby City.
Credits include: '71, Room, High Rise
In March 2018, Tom joined Mammoth Screen, where he is developing a slate of new projects with new and established talent.
I then sat at a small table with Stephen fricking Frears and chatted with him. I chatted with Stephen Frears!
Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter
Credits include: Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff
Craig is an award winning commercial and music video director.
What an utterly amazing event. Had so much fun and learned a lot. Was completely worth coming from Cologne, Germany
Christina Gruber, Screenwriter
Credits include: Teen Wolf, Blade Runner 2049
Since making his mark in 80's cult classic Teen Wolf, Mark has appeared in films such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Blade Runner 2049.
It's so good to be creatively fed, be inspired and connect with other creatives. Thank you for the excellent experience.
People who know stuff
Bionic blogger, script editor and the voice of new writers!
Legendary for her enthusiasm and knowledge which she shares with her community at Bang2Write. Core member of the LSF team.
Credits include: Oscars shortlisted Gone Fishing, the Guerilla Handbooks and a bunch of feature films
Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books and helping others make their movies.
Credits include: Placebo Effect, Final Girl
Alejandro Seri is an award-winning, bilingual screenwriter and director.
Chris Hewitt is the News Editor at the always OUTSTANDING Empire Magazine.
Dave is a Television Executive with 20 years experience covering broadcast, commissioning, distribution and production.
Credits include: Story Theory
David's research into narrative theory has demonstrated how the power of every story lies in the way a story resonates with a human mind.
Credits include: Curly from Shirley, Skeletal
Emma is a writer of dark fiction and children’s books.
Credits include: Irreplaceable You, The Last Photograph
Farah is a BAFTA nominated producer, best selling author and founder of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Competition.
Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.
Credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Friends
Karol Griffiths is a successful script editor and development consultant with over twenty years of experience.
Kira-Anne is an independent script consultant, a PhD researcher in Screenwriting, and visiting tutor at the Met Film School, London.
Credits include: Moon, The Machine, Scar Tissue
Manuel has worked with industry heavy hitters including Guillermo del Toro, Richard Attenborough and Nic Roeg, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn.
Credits include: The Three Wells of Screenwriting
He has written and co-written over 40 produced TV shows and has been helping screenwriters with their craft and careers for over 20 years.
Nic has written for Holby City and Freefonix and has developed TV for Silver Pictures Television, Starz, Artists Studio and Bentley Productions.
Credits include: Tripped, Endeavour
Paul is a script editor for leading drama company Mammoth Screen.
Credits include: Thunderpants, I Want Candy
Phil is Course Leader for BA(Hons) Screenwriting & Producing degree and MA Writing for Screen & Stage at Regent’s University, London.
Credits include: An MBE (for services he can't tell you about)
Rossa left the army after receiving his MBE for a mission in Central Africa, and is now pursuing a career as a screenwriting, specialising in military and spy projects.
Ted currently teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University.
Zina started off working in production working on shows such as Critical (Sky) before moving into the creative side of TV.
I can only say thank you to the organisers for what felt this end to be a seamless event without hiccups
Neil Hannah, Writer & Director
Credits include: Great American Pitchfest
Writer, Producer, Screenwriting Professor, and President and co-founder of ScriptFest & The Great American PitchFest for 14 years.
Credits include: Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
Screenwriter, composer and sound designer with a passion for storytelling in all of those forms.
Credits include: 50 Kisses, Cancer Hair
Gail's short Cancer Hair won 'Best Fiction' and 'Best of Fest' at the Isle of Man Film Festival and won IMDb New Filmmaker of the Year at Bath Film Festival.
Screenwriter, musician and producer, Sarah brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Stop thinking, just buy your ticket. Now! Seriously, you will not regret it
Andrew Fleming, Screenwriter