Speakers

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

Billy Steel, Screenwriter

Headliners

Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes – Screenwriter & Director

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.
Julian Fellowes
Scott Myers

Scott Myers – Screenwriter, Producer and Educator

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.
Scott Myers

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

Emmanuel Casey, Writer

Emmanuel Casey, Writer

Awards Host

Betty Denville

Betty Denville – Actor

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.
Betty Denville

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

Chris Regan, Screenwriter

Screenwriters

Barrie Keeffe

Barrie Keeffe – Screenwriter and playwright

He wrote THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, easily one of the top ten British films of all time!
Barrie Keeffe
Barbara Machin

Barbara Machin – 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.
Barbara Machin
Matt Greenhalgh

Matt Greenhalgh – Screenwriter

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.
Matt Greenhalgh
Roland Moore

Roland Moore – Screenwriter

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.
Roland Moore
Phil Ford

Phil Ford – Screenwriter

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.
Phil Ford
Justin Young

Justin Young – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Holby City, Eastenders, Casualty

Accomplished playwright and TV writer Justin is now Head Writer and Consultant Series Producer on Holby City.
Justin Young
Ben Ward

Ben Ward – Screenwriter

Credits include: Horrible Histories, Danger Mouse

Ben has written for numerous award winning children’s comedies and dramas, including Horrible Histories.
Ben Ward
Charlotte Josephine

Charlotte Josephine – Writer & Actress

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.
Charlotte Josephine
Debbie Moon

Debbie Moon – Screenwriter

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.
Debbie Moon
Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach – Novelist & Screenwriter

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.
Deborah Moggach
Emmanuel Oberg

Emmanuel Oberg – Screenwriter & Consultant

Credits include: Double Game

Over the last few years, Emmanuel has written and developed feature films for Working Title, Film4 and Gold Circle.
Emmanuel Oberg
Hugh Stoddart

Hugh Stoddart – Screenwriter

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.
Hugh Stoddart
Jack Bernhardt

Jack Bernhardt – 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.
Jack Bernhardt
Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden – Screenwriter & Educator

Screenwriter and Head of Post Graduate Studies at AFDA Durban’s Film, Television and Performance School
Janet van Eeden
Jonathan Ruffle

Jonathan Ruffle – Writer & Producer

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.
Jonathan Ruffle
Lisa McMullin

Lisa McMullin – Screenwriter

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.
Lisa McMullin
Lucinda Whiteley

Lucinda Whiteley – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Horrid Henry, Fimbles, Maisy

Writer and Producer of over 700 TV programmes, Lucinda is co-founder and Creative Director of Novel Entertainment.
Lucinda Whiteley
Lucy van Smit

Lucy van Smit – Novelist & Screenwriter

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.
Lucy van Smit
Ol Parker

Ol Parker – Screenwriter & Director

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'.
Ol Parker
Sam Leifer

Sam Leifer – Screenwriter

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.
Sam Leifer
Stephen Volk

Stephen Volk – Screenwriter & Playwright

Credits: Ghostwatch, Afterlife

Stephen Volk is a BAFTA-winning writer best known for the controversial 1992 BBCTV "Hallowe’en hoax" Ghostwatch. 
Stephen Volk
Tim Telling

Tim Telling – Writer

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.
Tim Telling

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

Inga J. Sempel, Screenwriter

People who get stuff made

Gub Neal

Gub Neal – Producer

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.
Gub Neal
David Nicholas Wilkinson

David Nicholas Wilkinson – Producer

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.
David Nicholas Wilkinson
Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams – Series Co-creator & Head Writer

Credits include: Pet Squad, Bear Behaving Badly, Teletubbies

After a short stint in ‘grown up drama', she has been regressing ever since…
Catherine Williams
Jeff Norton

Jeff Norton – Writer-Producer & Author

Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies

Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
Jeff Norton
John Yorke

John Yorke – MD Angel Station

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.
John Yorke
Julia McKenzie

Julia McKenzie – Head of BBC Radio Comedy

Credits include: The Jason Byrne Show, French & Saunders

Julia produces comedies for Radio 2.
Julia McKenzie
Louise Pedersen

Louise Pedersen – CEO | all3media international

Louise recently returned to lead all3media International as CEO after spending 18 months as MD of drama prod. co. Playground Television.
Louise Pedersen
Nik Powell

Nik Powell – Producer and Director of National Film and Television School

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.
Nik Powell
Rhona Foulis

Rhona Foulis – Executive Assistant

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.
Rhona Foulis
Robyn Slovo

Robyn Slovo – Producer

Credits include: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Former exec at BBC Films and head of film at Company Pictures, Robyn is now an independent producer.
Robyn Slovo
Simon Harper

Simon Harper – Series Producer of Holby City

Credits include: Holby City

Simon has many years of script editing under his belt and is now Series Producer on Holby City.
Simon Harper
Tom Leggett

Tom Leggett – Development Producer | Mammoth Screen

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.
Tom Leggett

I then sat at a small table with Stephen fricking Frears and chatted with him. I chatted with Stephen Frears!

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Directors

Craig McCall

Craig McCall – Director and Producer

Credits include: Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff

Craig is an award winning commercial and music video director.
Craig McCall

What an utterly amazing event. Had so much fun and learned a lot. Was completely worth coming from Cologne, Germany

Christina Gruber, Screenwriter

Christina Gruber, Screenwriter

Actors

Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold – Actor

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.
Mark Arnold

It's so good to be creatively fed, be inspired and connect with other creatives. Thank you for the excellent experience.

Andrya, Screenwriter

Andrya, Screenwriter

People who know stuff

Lucy V Hay

Lucy V Hay – Script editor | Bang2write

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.
Lucy V Hay
Chris Jones

Chris Jones – Filmmaker and author

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 Jones
Alejandro Seri

Alejandro Seri – Marketing & Communications Director | Final Draft

Credits include: Placebo Effect, Final Girl

Alejandro Seri is an award-winning, bilingual screenwriter and director.
Alejandro Seri
Chris Hewitt

Chris Hewitt – News Editor | Empire Magazine

Chris Hewitt is the News Editor at the always OUTSTANDING Empire Magazine.
Chris Hewitt
Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke – EVP Content | DRG and Atrium TV

Dave is a Television Executive with 20 years experience covering broadcast, commissioning, distribution and production. 
Dave Clarke
David Baboulene Ph.D

David Baboulene Ph.D – Author, Scriptwriter, Narrative Theorist & Story Consultant

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.
David Baboulene Ph.D
Emma Pullar

Emma Pullar – Novelist

Credits include: Curly from Shirley, Skeletal

Emma is a writer of dark fiction and children’s books.
Emma Pullar
Farah Abushwesha

Farah Abushwesha – Producer & Founder of Rocliffe

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.
Farah Abushwesha
Joey Tuccio

Joey Tuccio – Roadmap Writers | CEO

Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.
Joey Tuccio
Karol Griffiths

Karol Griffiths – Script Editor & Supervisor

Credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Friends

Karol Griffiths is a successful script editor and development consultant with over twenty years of experience.
Karol Griffiths
Kira-Anne Pelican

Kira-Anne Pelican – Script Consultant and Researcher

Kira-Anne is an independent script consultant, a PhD researcher in Screenwriting, and visiting tutor at the Met Film School, London.
Kira-Anne Pelican
Manuel Puro

Manuel Puro – Casting Director

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.
Manuel Puro
Matthew Kalil

Matthew Kalil – Screenwriter, Director and Script Editor

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.
Matthew Kalil
Nic Ransome

Nic Ransome – Script Editor & Screenwriter

Nic has written for Holby City and Freefonix and has developed TV for Silver Pictures Television, Starz, Artists Studio and Bentley Productions.
Nic Ransome
Paul Testar

Paul Testar – Script Editor

Credits include: Tripped, Endeavour

Paul is a script editor for leading drama company Mammoth Screen.
Paul Testar
Philip Hughes

Philip Hughes – Screenwriter & Educator

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.
Philip Hughes
Rossa McPhillips MBE

Rossa McPhillips MBE – Screenwriter & Consultant

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.
Rossa McPhillips MBE
Ted Wilkes

Ted Wilkes – Screenwriter & Educator

Ted currently teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University.
Ted Wilkes
Zina Wegrzynski

Zina Wegrzynski – Script & Development Editor | Kindle Entertainment

Zina started off working in production working on shows such as Critical (Sky) before moving into the creative side of TV.
Zina Wegrzynski

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

Neil Hannah, Writer & Director

Moderators

Bob Schultz

Bob Schultz – Writer and Producer

Credits include: Great American Pitchfest

Writer, Producer, Screenwriting Professor, and President and co-founder of ScriptFest & The Great American PitchFest for 14 years.
Bob Schultz
Guy Rowland

Guy Rowland – Screenwriter

Credits include: Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary

Screenwriter, composer and sound designer with a passion for storytelling in all of those forms.
Guy Rowland
Gail Hackston

Gail Hackston – Screenwriter & Director

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.
Gail Hackston
Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew – Screenwriter

Screenwriter, musician and producer, Sarah brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Sarah Drew

Stop thinking, just buy your ticket. Now! Seriously, you will not regret it

Andrew Fleming, Screenwriter

Andrew Fleming, Screenwriter