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.
The Actor’s table read was so illuminating – seeing what happens to your script when it is handed over to a director and actors was a complete eye-opener.
Joanna Marie Fox, 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.
Hearing what was in my head come alive in front of me left me inspired.
Edwina Tyrrell, Screenwriter
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: 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: Holby City, Eastenders, Casualty
Accomplished playwright and TV writer Justin is now Head Writer and Consultant Series Producer on Holby City.
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: Double Game
Over the last few years, Emmanuel has written and developed feature films for Working Title, Film4 and Gold Circle.
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.
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.
Stephen Volk is a BAFTA-winning writer best known for the controversial 1992 BBCTV "Hallowe’en hoax" Ghostwatch.
If you are serious about being a screenwriter, you have to attend the LSF.
Maurice C Kenney, 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: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies
Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
Credits include: The Jason Byrne Show, French & Saunders
Julia produces comedies for Radio 2.
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: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Former exec at BBC Films and head of film at Company Pictures, Robyn is now an independent producer.
If you don't come away from this feeling inspired and motivated then you better check whether you actually have a pulse in the first place
Matthew Curlewis, Writer
Credits include: Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff
Craig is an award winning commercial and music video director.
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'
People who know stuff
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.
Chris Hewitt is the News Editor at the always OUTSTANDING Empire Magazine.
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: 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.
Zina started off working in production working on shows such as Critical (Sky) before moving into the creative side of TV.
I'm not aware of another screenwriting course where you can get that kind of intensive input from such an experienced bunch of people, who are currently active and working in the business.
Credits include: Great American Pitchfest
Writer, Producer, Screenwriting Professor, and President and co-founder of ScriptFest & The Great American PitchFest for 14 years.
Professional singer and drummer, Sarah also writes for the screen and brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
A great experience, didn't know what to expect as a first timer but found the three days fascinating and inspiring. Throw yourself into it!
John Liddle, Screenwriter