Vinay Patel, writer, was selected as Breakthrough Brit in 2016 for his talent for writing television drama. It has not been an easy journey, but his talent has been recognised and in 2017 his drama Murdered By My Father was nominated for Best Single Drama at the British Academy Television Awards.
“I wish I’d been bolder and had the courage to write at a younger age. To anybody unsure about writing, you’ll never know unless you try!”
Through the Breakthrough Brits programme we have introduced him to mentors which have given Vinay valuable advice about the industry. He is also more confident about public speaking and has given screenwriting advice to young people at BAFTA Guru Live.
By working hard Vinay's first break came in 2014 with True Brits, a play juxtaposing the elation of London 2012 with the devastation of 7/7, that led to his selection for the Bush/Kudos TV writing scheme and to an original short commission for BBC iPlayer. Then, in 2015, he was unexpectedly invited to discuss joining BBC’s honour killing drama Murdered By My Father. Having written nothing full-length for television, he recalls thinking “there’s no way I’ll get it. But I met them on a Friday, and on the Monday I was announced as the project’s writer.”