On the 16 September, Moira Buffini spoke at 195 Piccadilly in London as part of the 2011 BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.
Best known until recently as a writer for theatre, Buffini has established herself a playwright whose ambitious and confident vision refuses to be restricted by the confines of current theatre conventions. Her work for screen includes an adaptation of the graphic novel Tamara Drewe, a version of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and an adaptation of her own play Byzantium.
Sometimes Stephen Frears would read a scene I'd written and say, 'I don't know how to shoot that.' Which was a really good lesson.
In this video - available to watch in full on BAFTA Guru - Buffini talks about the three scripts she wrote before Tamara Drewe was produced, why she feels writers have a lot in common with editors, and how the task of writing a screenplay's ending is much more difficult than conceiving its beginning.