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David Leland

Screenwriter & Director
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David Leland is a screenwriter, director and actor with a career spanning more than forty years.  He has worked in the UK, USA and Europe and written numerous screenplays for the cinema and single dramas and series for television.

He wrote and directed his first film, Wish You Were Here, for which he won awards at the BAFTAs and the Cannes Film Festival.  His quartet of films under the banner of ‘Tales Out of School’ attracted considerable attention when screened on UK television.  Both Flying Into the Wind and Made in Britain were on the Cambridge University GCSE syllabus and were studied as open text exams.

Most recently, he has been writing, directing and executive producing for Showtime USA’s series The Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons.

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