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.
One of the best weeks of my life
Monique Amado, Writer
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.
What a great networking tool for writers to meet producers and like-minded people...
Natalie Bailey – BBC Director, Producer
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: 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: 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.
LSF feels like school, uni and the warmest, snuggliest part of my bedroom all rolled into one!
Cera Rose Pickering, screenwriter, actress
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.
I can’t thank you enough for setting up LSF. I’ve learned a so much, overcome the fear of pitching and met so many lovely people.
Sophia Elizabeth Tamaro, Screenwriter
Credits include: Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff
Craig is an award winning commercial and music video director.
I would encourage screenwriters living in the States to fly over the Atlantic for the LSF. Make a week of it!
Anthony D Paul, Screenwriter
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.
The festival was an absolute triumph - top flight and brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm ....superb!
Barbara Machin – BAFTA winning screenwriter
Credits include: Great American Pitchfest
Writer, Producer, Screenwriting Professor, and President and co-founder of ScriptFest & The Great American PitchFest for 14 years.
Screenwriter, musician and producer, Sarah brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
‘To get that many people in one place with a shared goal is quite something, and I feel privileged to have been involved’
Alex Davies, Screenwriter