Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series

Every year, BAFTA and BFI host a Screenwriters’ Lecture Series in London, England. This year's speakers were James Schamus (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm) Emma Thompson (Sense And Sensibility, Nanny McPhee) and Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises).

They have made available the audio for each of the lectures, as well as provided transcriptions. These are linked below for all three talks.

James Schamus
Thursday 18 September, 7.00pm
BFI Southbank

James Schmaus is behind some of the most loved and critically acclaimed films of the last 25 years. His collaboration with director Ang Lee has resulted in 11 films; as a screenwriter, these include the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), The Ice Storm (1997) and Lust, Caution (2007). As a producer Schamus’ credits include BAFTA Best Picture winner Brokeback Mountain (2005) and, during his extraordinary career as CEO of Focus Pictures, he helped steward Lost In Translation (2003), The Constant Gardener (2005), The Pianist (2002) and, most recently, Dallas Buyers Club (2013) to the big screen. Schamus is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Chaired by Tanya Seghatchian.

James Schamus Screenwriters' Lecture Transcript

Emma Thompson
Saturday 20 September, 7.00pm
BFI Southbank

One of the UK’s best-loved screenwriters and actors, Emma Thompson’s early career was writing comedy for stage, radio and television. Her feature screenwriting debut Sense And Sensibility (1995), for director Ang Lee, remains one of the definitive Jane Austen screen adaptations and saw her win an Oscar and a BAFTA-nomination for her screenplay. Returning to writing for television in 2001, Thompson wrote the Golden Globe-nominated Wit for director Mike Nicholls. In 2005, she wrote the screenplay for the family hit Nanny McPhee, as well as the 2010 sequel Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang. Chaired by Jeremy Brock.

Emma Thompson Screenwriters' Lecture Transcript

Steven Knight
Monday 29 September, 7.00pm
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Screenwriter Steven Knight made his feature debut in 2002 with Stephen Frears’ intelligent crime thriller Dirty Pretty Things, earning him both a BAFTA and Oscar nomination for his original screenplay. He followed this with historical drama Amazing Grace (2006), and the muscular gangster tale Eastern Promises (2007) for director David Cronenberg, the latter both BAFTA and Oscar-nominated. After beginning his career in television, as co-creator of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, Steven recently returned to create hit series Peaky Blinders, and has moved to directing his own scripts; his feature debut, Hummingbird, was released in 2013, while this spring saw the release of the gripping drama Locke, starring Tom Hardy. Chaired by Briony Hanson.

Steven Knight Screenwriters' Lecture Transcript

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