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A Tribute to Troy Kennedy Martin

9 July 2010
Troy Kennedy-Martin

A host of friends and colleagues from the film and television industries remember the late Troy Kennedy Martin, one of Britain’s most successful and well loved screenwriters.

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On 27 April 2010, seven months after the death of one of Britain’s most important screenwriters, Troy Kennedy Martin, BAFTA hosted an evening of tributes from those who knew him.

After a career spanning over five decades, Troy Kennedy Martin is responsible for an impressive body of work and has left an indelible impression on the history of television. His work has touched the lives of millions of people all over the world and shaped the vocabulary of television today.

Kennedy Martin’s array of television successes include Z-Cars, The Sweeney and Edge of Darkness. He also made regular forays into cinematic script writing, most notably with his screenplay for The Italian Job. His humour, originality and intelligence can be found in every scene he worked on and colleagues note the unique and innovative forms he brought to television drama in their tributes.

To find Troy, to know Troy and to remember Troy, all we have to do is take down any one of his productions from the shelf, put it in the machine and there he is in every scene

Introduced by fellow writer GF Newman, tributes are heard from friends and former colleagues, including director and writer Ken Loach, producer Michael Wearing and director Martin Campbell who sends his message all the way from Louisiana.

There is even a performance from the Te Roopu Kapa Haka o Paekariki children’s group in New Zealand in thanks to Kennedy Martin for his support and work on the 2009 film The Strength of Water.

Content List

Introduction by GF Newman / David Rose / Ken Loach / Paula Milne / Michael Wearing / Martin Campbell / Jonathan Powell / Walter Hill / Tony Garnet / Ronan Bennett / Briar Grace Smith