SPEAKERS BEING ADDED DAILY
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 100 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 2020. Get updates by signing up below.
There is a generosity of spirit and which pervades every aspect of the festival, creating a sense of the possible. I became a screenwriter this weekend
Colleen Burns, Writer
Credits include: Robocop & Starship Troopers
Brilliant satarist and Sci-Fi legend Ed Neumeier joins the line up for LSF18.
Credits include: Yes Minister, Clue
Jonathan co-wrote and created the quintessential political comedy 'Yes Minister'.
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.
Credits include: We Need To Talk About Kevin, You Were Never Really Here
She has consistently received critical acclaim and won Best Screenplay in Cannes for 'You Were Never Really Here'.
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.
Credits include: Trading Places, Twins
Timothy is a BAFTA nominated Screenwriter, Author and Producer.
The Pitchfest resulted in 9 requests for our script which is really exciting.
Jo Fox, Screenwriter
Aidan Goatley made his debut with his Edinburgh show 10 Films with my Dad in 2011 which went on to be performed over 500 times and in 15 countries.
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.
I pitched my script to an agent at the festival and five months later, after a rewrite using what I learned at the LSF, I've just been signed by that agent!
Hayley November, Screenwriter
Credits include: Borat, Bruno, The Dictator, Dirty Grandpa
Dan is currently making waves writing and directing the latest Sacha Baron Cohen phenomenon 'Who is America?'
Credits include: The Long Good Friday, Sus
He wrote 'The Long Good Friday', easily one of the top ten British films of all time!
Adrian is the creator of 'The Musketeers' and 'Primeval', and has written several Brit films, including Ken 'My Week With Marilyn'
Stuart's credits include 'The Shack', 'Exam', 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' and 'Knowing' with Nicholas Cage.
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
Justin Young is a screenwriter, playwright and producer. He’s written for a variety of drama series including Ripper Street, Dickensian and Death in Paradise.
Credits include: Hustle, Life On Mars, Holby Blue
He’s written for and created some of the most iconic and successful British TV series, including Life on Mars and East Enders.
Credits include: The Catherine Tate Show, Little Heart
Aschlin is an award winning Screenwriter who's latest feature, 'Swimming With Men' starring Rob Brydon was released this summer.
Credits include: Horrible Histories, Danger Mouse
Ben has written for numerous award winning children’s comedies and dramas, including 'Horrible Histories'.
Credits include: Starter for Ten, Patrick Melrose
Award winning writer David's most recent work was Sky Atlantic's critically acclaimed 'Patrick Melrose' starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
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: Pin Cushion, Lady Margaret
Deborah's feature debut Pin Cushion was released in July 2018 to four-star reviews across the board and was critic’s choice in The New York Times.
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: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Described as as 'The Steven Spielberg Of Audio' (by an over zealous marketing department) and a 'National Treasure' by Neil Gaiman.
Credits include: Doc Martin, Hamish Macbeth
Dominic has an exceptional reputation for creating, producing and writing internationally successful drama.
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 Innocents
Hania's first project to his screens, 'The Innocents', co-created with Simon Duric premieres on Netflix this August.
Credits include: The Bridge, The Tunnel, Marcella
Hans is one of the creators of the incredibly successful and award-winning Scandinavian TV-series 'The Bridge'.
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: Doctor Who, The Avengers, Survivors
John’s scripts have been produced on stage, radio and as audiobooks and he has won multiple international awards.
Credits include: The Zigzag Kid
Jon is a screenwriter and script consultant with over fifteen years’ experience working in the U.K. and U.S. film industries.
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: Torchwood, Wizards Vs. Aliens
Joseph has written scripts for radio and television, including episodes of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards Vs Aliens and Hetty Feather.
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: War and Peace, The Wizard of Oz, Antonia & Jane
Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter.
Credits include: Doctor Who, Terry Nation's Survivors
Matt writes for a/o Big Finish's 'Doctor Who' range, including the continuing audio adventures of Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor.
Credits include: His Dark Materials, The Feed
Michael is one half of The Clarkson Twins, writers repped by Independent Talent and ICM.
Credits include: The Things We Never Said, Eastenders, Casualty
Ming is an award-winning writer for stage, screen and radio.
Credits include: Misery Bear, Big Train
Nat and James created Netflix comedy Sick Note and are Creative Directors at Stolen Picture, set up by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
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: Casualty
Rachel finished her first spec script in 2016, and started writing for 'Casualty' in 2018. Her first episode will air in October 2018.
Credits include: Heavenly Sword, Tomb Raider
Rhianna is a sixteen-year veteran of the video games industry is one of the most respected writers and narrative designers in her field.
Credits include: Wolfblood, Primeval
Richard and his writing partner Bev Doyle broke into the business by writing and selling a spec script, Newton's Law, which led to 14 further movie commissions.
Credits include: Doctor Who, The Chain Gang
Robert is an award-winning playwright, audio and TV writer.
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 include: The Innocents, Later
Simon is the Co-creator, Co-writer and Executive Producer of new Netflix Original show 'The Innocents'.
Credits: Ghostwatch, Afterlife
Stephen Volk is a BAFTA-winning writer best known for the controversial 1992 BBCTV "Hallowe’en hoax" Ghostwatch.
Credits include: The Archers, Eastenders, Doctors
Tim has written hundreds of episodes of the BBC's much beloved radio soap 'The Archers' - the longest running radio soap in the world.
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.
Credits include: Plebs, Peep Show, Gap year
Tom is co-creator and co-writer of 'Plebs' and has written for some of the best comedy shows.
It’s great that so many sessions are filmed, so that I can schedule another mini-festival at some point in the future!
Alex Davies, Screenwriter
People who get stuff made
Agent and great supporter of emerging talent.
Julian has years of experience as a literary agent and was the founder of ScriptWriter magazine.
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: 2:Hrs, Dream Date
Actress Andromeda and Screenwriter Diana founded Makelight Productions in 2010 to develop and produce entertaining independent films.
Credits include: Marcella, Wind River
Since joining Ingenious in 2015, Caroline has worked on a number of Drama, Factual and Childrens’ programming.
Credits include: Pet Squad, Teletubbies
Catherine's credits in pre-school include the award-winning Topsy + Tim, Waffle the Wonder Dog and forthcoming Chip & Potato on Netflix.
Credits include: The Mash Report
Chris is the creator and executive producer of 'The Mash Report'.
Christian works closely with FremantleMedia’s production companies as a development partner with a focus on bolstering the international scripted development slate.
Gary's Moviehouse Entertainment is one of very few truly independent film sales and production companies operating in London.
Credits include: Pin Cushion
Gavin is a BAFTA nominated and Cannes winning producer having worked on projects with the British Film Institute, Google, Film4, Tate Modern and the BBC.
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: Horrible Histories, Fabulous
Lucy Clarke has been a comedy writer for 15 years following an award-winning career as a TV producer.
Martin and Imaginati Studios are currently focused on creating games based on 'The Planet of Apes' franchise on console and PC.
Credits include: Journey's End, Dorian Gray
Natalie Brenner has over 30 years of experience in the film industry starting her career in film sales with J&M Entertainment
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: Casualty, Holby City
Simon has many years of script editing under his belt and is now Executive Producer on Casualty and Holby City.
A production company I pitched to were interested in my idea for an adapted screenplay. I negotiated an option for the film rights with the publisher, and am about to submit my draft
Credits include: Shifty, Welcome To The Punch, Collide
Eran wrote and directed the BAFTA nominated Shifty; he most recently re-wrote The Killer for John Woo.
Credits include: Strike Back, Ash vs Evil Dead
MJ Bassett is a feature film and television writer/director.
Credits include: Fashionista
Having directed 9 feature films and 2 anthology films, Simon Rumley is one of the most successful and prolific UK directors of his generation.
I met producers who hired me to script edit a film with the producers from Star Wars, Blade Runner and Alien. An amazing experience that would have never had without the LSF
Gareth Meredith, Screenwriter
Credits include: Never Let Go, Offensive
Angela Dixon is an international actress and star of Howard J Ford's abduction thriller feature film 'Never Let Go'.
Credits include: Doctor Who, Peep Show
Ingrid is best known as one half of the comic double act 'Watson & Oliver'. Or maybe as Osgood on 'Doctor Who'.
Credits include: Doctor Who, Iris Wildthyme, Casualty
Katy’s enchanted millions by playing Doctor Who’s Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee.
Credits include: Doctor Who, Casualty, Bernice Summerfield
Lisa is a prolific actress and audio director for among others Big Finish Productions.
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.
Credits include: Doctor Who
Through this entire decade, international star Pearl Mackie has been exciting audiences of stage, film, and television alike.
The Pitchfest resulted in 9 requests for our script which is really exciting.
Jo Fox, Screenwriter
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.
Amanda organises the yearly BBC TV Writers’ Festival and is Assistant Producer on the Writersroom Comedy Room scheme.
Credits include: Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls
Caroline is a narrative game designer with over 15 years of experience in the industry, passionnate about interactive storytelling.
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
Farah is a BAFTA nominated producer, best selling author and founder of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Competition.
Georgina Sherrington has worked in development at the BBC and in the indie sector for producers including Maxine Lapiduss (Friends, Roseanne) and BJ Rack (Black Hawk Down).
Credits include: Horrible Histories
Henri works as a researcher for 'Horrible Histories' and more.
Credits include: ERICA
Using brand new in-house technology, Flavourworks aims to revolutionise the space between film and games.
Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.
John is co-founder of ScreenCraft Media, a screenwriting talent discovery and development company.
Credits include: Casualty, Holby City
Writer, Director Jon recently directed Casualty’s ground breaking 'One' – an entire episode in one shot.
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.
Leonardo is incredibly passionate about storytelling in all its forms.
Frederick Edward Robin Butler, Baron Butler of Brockwell, KG, GCB, CVO, PC is a retired British civil servant, now sitting in the House of Lords as a life peer.
Loretta has been personally responsible for storylining over 2000 episodes of mainstream British television.
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.
Credits include: The Musketeers, Wolfblood
May has worked on the development and production of many television drama, comedy and children’s programmes for the UK and the US.
Credits include: Doctors, Coronation Street
Script Editor on 'Doctors' and recently also story edited a five week special on the subject of Homelessness.
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 and is now pursuing a career as a screenwriting, specialising in military and spy projects.
Before joining the Writersroom Simon worked as a Script Editor and Producer for both the BBC and independent companies.
Ted currently teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University.
Toby Earle is the TV & Entertainment Editor at London Live, who writes and presents What to Watch, a weekly show which interviews TV and film talent.
Credits include: Star Trek, Doctor Who, Blake's 7
Dr Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling author specialising in novels based on franchises such as Doctor Who and Star Trek.
We’re always on the look-out from for interesting, provocative and character-led television drama.
Zak is also the assistant to the Emmy and BAFTA Award winning producer Phillippa Giles.
The 2016 standard was as high as ever and the quality and range of opportunities almost overwhelming. I will definitely be attending next year
Gordon Slack, Screenwriter
Credits include: Fringe Bootcamp, Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!
Writer, Producer, Screenwriting Professor, and co-founder of ScriptFest & the Fringe Bootcamp
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: And Then There Were Two
Alison is a freelance screenwriter whose produced scripts include training and corporate films.
A critic for Metro, The Guardian, Sight & Sound and Time Out, Anna is a regular on Radio 4 and also appears on BBC and Sky TV.
Credits include: Downton Abbey, Endeavour
When Cera isn’t writing, she can be found performing on stage and screen, appearing in films and TV shows.
Credits include: Slaughterhouse Rulez, Born a King
Henry is a movie critic turned screenwriter
Credits include: 50 Kisses ('Enough' segment)
Maureen is a veteran of the LSF production team, now working for Blueberry Creative Consultants. She is also a talented director in her own right.
The value of being an LSF sponsor greatly exceeded our expectations and we look forward to coming back in the years to come
Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat