Part of BAFTA's 2011 Screenwriters' Lecture Series: watch the video of Guillermo Arriaga now on BAFTA Guru.
The full length Guillermo Arriaga lecture video is available to watch now on BAFTA Guru.
On Monday 26 September 2011 on very rainy London night, Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga spoke to a packed theatre at the BFI as part of this year's BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture Series.
Arriaga came to screenwriting relatively late in life, having been a university teacher and novelist before meeting his collaborator Alejandro González Iñárritu, with whom he made some of his better-known films - Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel. His work is famous for utilising a fragmentary, non-linear approach to plot, which contributed to Amores Perros' winning a BAFTA Film Award in 2000.
The first rule of screenwriting, or any art, is having no rules.