Yes, it’s dark outside and so now is the time to buy tickets for stimulating events like the 9th annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) screenwriting lectures. Oh yes, tickets are now on sale to listen to six world renowned and award winning screenwriters: Alfonso Cuarón, Nicole Holofcener, Nadine Labaki, Ol Parker, Paul Schrader and Taika Waititi. Where and when, well at BAFTA HQ, 195 Piccadilly the weekend of 23, 24 and 25 November.
Now in its ninth year, 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. Created by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Jeremy Brock, the series is supported by JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.
The 2018 series begins on Friday 23 November with a lecture from BAFTA-nominated British writer-director Ol Parker. Writer of the BAFTA-nominated film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Parker also co-wrote and directed 2018’s smash hit musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
On Saturday 24 November, New Zealand film director, screenwriter, actor, and comedian Taika Waititi will deliver his lecture. Known as the writer and director of acclaimed films including Eagle vs Shark, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows, Waititi also directed the recent Marvel superhero film Thor: Ragnarok.
American writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Enough Said, The Land of Steady Habits, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) will also speak about her 30 year career as a screenwriter and director for film and television on Saturday 24 November.
BAFTA award-winning Mexican writer-director Alfonso Cuarón will share his insights on the craft of screenwriting on Sunday 25 November. The four-time BAFTA and Oscar winner has written and directed a wide range of critically-acclaimed films including Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men, Gravity, and his highly anticipated eighth feature, Roma, that sees Cuarón return to the Mexico City of his childhood.
Lebanese writer-director Nadine Labaki will also take to the BAFTA stage on Sunday 25 November. After receiving recognition for her films Where Do We Go Now? and Caramel, Labaki made history at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival as the first female Arab filmmaker to win a major prize in the competition when she was awarded the Jury Prize for her powerful drama Capernaum.
The closing lecture in the series will be delivered by legendary American screenwriter, director and film critic Paul Schrader on Sunday 25 November. Schrader wrote the screenplay for four films directed by Martin Scorsese: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. He is also the director of 18 feature films including the crime drama American Gigolo and recent thriller First Reformed.
The public tickets for all lectures went on sale on Friday 9 November, click here.
You better be quick if you want to snap one up. Yes, I’m talking to you, haha, especially for the Paul ‘Taxi Driver screenwriter’ Schrader!
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