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Screenwriters' Lecture Series for 2014 Announced

18 August 2014

Acclaimed writers James Schamus, Emma Thompson and Steven Knight are to deliver lectures as part of our annual Screenwriters' Series in 2014.

BAFTA and BFI are set to host their 5th annual Screenwriters' Lecture Series, kicking off in September with James Schamus, whose writing credits include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm and Lust Caution

Funded by JJ Charitable Trust, the Screenwriters' Series gives celebrated screenwriters in the film and television industry the opportunity to share their experience with their audiences and offer advice to fellow writers.

It is the screenwriter who creates the blueprint for what we eventually see and experience on screen. - Jeremy Brock

Emma Thompson takes to the stage on the 20 September to share her creative process and insight into films including Sense & Sensibility, Saving Mr. Banks and Nanny McPhee, at the BFI Southbank. The lecture series then continues on the 29 September with Steven Knight, the writer and director that brought you Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Locke and television drama Peaky Blinders.

The series is programmed by screenwriter Jeremy Brock (Mrs. Brown, Last King of Scotland, Eagle of the Ninth), who said: "The complex relationship between screenplay and completed film comes under vivid scrutiny this year, as we invite an impressive line-up of speakers combining their screenwriting talents with equally successful pursuits in directing, producing and acting.”

Over the years we’ve been privileged to hear from some of the greatest names in film and television, and this year’s season is no different. - John Willis, Deputy Chairman of BAFTA

For those who haven't secured tickets to the Screenwriters' Series, all of our lectures will be available as podcasts & video content for free on BAFTA Guru and the BFI’s VOD service BFI Player, later in the year.

Click here for more information about the 2014 Screenwriters' Lecture Series.