Spring 2009 marked the 10th anniversary of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. Find out more about the celebratory events held in both Nottingham and London.
Over the last 10 years the BAFTA-supported initiative has connected scores of aspiring British writers and filmmakers with BAFTA award winning talent including Mike Newell, John Madden and David Parfitt.
The events have grown bigger and better over time and we continue to invite writers to submit their scripts for consideration. The 10th anniversary events in April were testament to the success of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum over all these years.
Comedien and writer Dave Spikey co-chaired an event in Nottingham on 29 April, and producer Elizabeth Karlsen co-chaired an event in London on 5 May.
Multi award-winning Dave Spikey is one of the most sought-after comedy talents in the UK. With numerous TV appearances to his name as a stand-up comedian, presenter, actor, and an acclaimed comedy writer behind-the-scenes, there isn't much he hasn't achieved in his career spanning over two decades.
Some of his biggest achievements to date include; co-writing and co-starring in Channel 4's hit series Phoenix Nights, writing and co-starring in ITV's primetime comedy drama Dead Man Weds, selling out two nationwide tours - one of which picked up the 'Gold Retail Performance' Award for selling in excess of 75,000 dvd copies, winning two British Comedy Awards, a BAFTA nomination, A Royal Television Society Award. His place is cemented as one of Britain's most cherished comedy talents.
Elizabeth Karlsen is a BAFTA-nominated producer of films including Little Voice, The Crying Game, How to Lose Friend’s and Alienate People, and recent feature Perrier’s Bounty.
Elizabeth chaired the 10th Anniversary BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at BAFTA Headquarters in London on 5 May 2010.