Sunday 26 October 2014

Thompson to do film writer lecture

Published 15/07/2014 | 16:13

Emma Thompson will speak at the Bafta and BFI Screenwriter Lecture Series 2014

Emma Thompson has been named as one of the screen writers to speak during this year's Bafta and BFI Screenwriter Lecture Series.

The organisations are joint hosts of a programme of lectures by the world's leading screenwriters that is now in its fifth year, and will also include talks from James Schamus and Steven Knight.

Writer and producer James, who has worked on Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, starts the season on Thursday, September 18, followed by Sense And Sensibility writer and actress Emma on Saturday, September 20 and Dirty Pretty Things and Peaky Blinders writer and director Steven Knight on Monday, September 29.

The lectures will be split between BFI Southbank and Bafta's headquarters in Piccadilly.

Jeremy Brock, who programmes the season, said: "It is the screenwriter who creates the blueprint for what we eventually see and experience on screen.

"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."

John Willis, deputy chairman of Bafta, said: "The Screenwriters' Lecture Series has become a highlight of the Bafta events calendar. 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. Our initial trio of speakers boast credits across a range of genres - from action to romance, from thriller to family, and from original screenplays to adaptations."

Heather Stewart, creative director at BFI, said: "Films begin with writers and yet the authors of the big screen are too often overlooked, so we're really pleased to once again be working with Bafta on the Screenwriters' Lecture Series which puts these highly skilled and talented craftspeople firmly in the spotlight."

Both organisations will make the lectures available online later in the year and tickets for the lectures in September are available to buy from August 12.

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