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Screenwriters’ Lecture Series Broadcast on Sky Arts 1

31 July 2012
"A screenplay is an exploration, a step into the abyss, a secret even from you. There is no template." (Picture: BAFTA / J. Birch)J. Birch

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced that it will be working with Sky Arts 1 for the very first time, broadcasting the second BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series every Thursday for seven weeks, starting tomorrow at 8pm with William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands).

Series features William Nicholson, Moira Buffini, John Logan, Guillermo Arriaga, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Paul Laverty and Charlie Kaufman

This second year of the acclaimed Screenwriters’ Lecture Series, in association with The JJ Charitable Trust, saw Nicholson, Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe), John Logan (The Aviator), Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros), Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People), Paul Laverty (My Name Is Joe) and Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) share their insights on the art of screenwriting.

Speakers for the third Screenwriters’ Lecture Series, scheduled for this autumn, will be announced shortly.
Notes to editors

BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series, Sky Arts 1, every Thursday 8pm from 2 August 2012 for seven weeks inclusive:

  • William Nicholson, 2 August, 8pm
  • Moira Buffini, 9 August, 8pm
  • Paul Laverty, 16 August, 8pm
  • Guillermo Arriaga, 23 August, 8pm
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce, 30 August, 8pm
  • Charlie Kaufman, 6 September, 8pm

Watch BAFTA lectures, interviews, masterclasses, debates and more today at BAFTA Guru ( – “Inspiring Minds in Film, TV and Games”

Further Information

For further information, please contact Hollie Rendall at Kindred:

Tel: 020 7010 0829
Email: [email protected]


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit