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Peter Morgan: Screenwriters' Lecture

20 December 2010

Peter Morgan (The Last King Of Scotland, 360) spoke as part of the 2010 BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.

After winning BAFTA Television Awards for The Deal (2003) and Longford (2006), Morgan’s film adaptation of The Last King Of Scotland (2006), about the relationship between Idi Amin and his Scottish physician, brought him his third and fourth BAFTA triumphs.

History in the end just ends up being everyone's individual fictions.

That same year, his screenplay for The Queen (2006), a fictional account of the immediate aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, won a Golden Globe and was both BAFTA and Oscar-nominated. He has since been involved in a diverse range of screenwriting projects, including The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), The Damned United (2009), The Special Relationship (2010), and 360 (2011).

Morgan recalls having a meeting in the dark with Steven Spielberg, explains why his personal favourite of his own films is The Deal (the 2003 TV movie prequel to The Queen), and discusses his thoughts on screenwriting with Francine Stock.