November Events: BAFTA Screenwriters Lectures

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)  announced that the latest in their prestigious series of lectures by the world’s leading screenwriters will feature screenwriters Mark Boal, Sean Baker, Edgar Wright, Dee Rees and Anthony McCarten in November. 

Even if you aren’t a screenwriter but just a passionate cinemagoer you should consider attending. These lectures are informative and shine a spotlight on the person who took a simple idea and turned it into a screenplay.

Now in its eighth edition, the Screenwriters’ Lecture Series exists to celebrate screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film, and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers with an audience of film-lovers and their peers. The series is funded by JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The creator of the series is BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jeremy Brock.

This year’s lectures will begin with BAFTA and Oscar-winning American screenwriter, producer and journalist Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Detroit) at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London on Friday 17 November.


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American writer-director Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project) will then take to the stage at BAFTA on Saturday 18 November.

BAFTA-winning British screenwriter, director and producer Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver) will deliver his lecture on Sunday 19 November at BAFTA.

American writer-director Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah, Mudbound) will give her lecture on Thursday 23 November (venue to be announced).

Concluding the series, BAFTA-winning New Zealand-born screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, The Darkest Hour) will deliver his lecture at BAFTA on Saturday 25 November.

Marc Samuelson, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee said: “BAFTA’s Screenwriters’ Lecture Series offers a rare opportunity for practitioners and enthusiasts alike to gain insight into the craft of screenwriting. We’re thrilled to welcome such a fantastic line up of stellar talent to the stage this year.”

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