The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced that the latest in their prestigious series of lectures by the world’s leading screenwriters will feature screenwriters Mark Boal, Sean Baker, Edgar Wright, Dee Rees and Anthony McCarten in November.
Now in its eighth edition, the Screenwriters’ Lecture Series exists to celebrate screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film, and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers with an audience of film-lovers and their peers. The series is funded by JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The creator of the series is BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jeremy Brock.
This year’s lectures will begin with BAFTA and Oscar-winning American screenwriter, producer and journalist Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Detroit) at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London on Friday 17 November.
American writer-director Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project) will then take to the stage at BAFTA on Saturday 18 November.
BAFTA-winning British screenwriter, director and producer Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver) will deliver his lecture on Sunday 19 November at BAFTA.
American writer-director Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah, Mudbound) will give her lecture on Thursday 23 November (venue to be announced).
Concluding the series, BAFTA-winning New Zealand-born screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, The Darkest Hour) will deliver his lecture at BAFTA on Saturday 25 November.
Marc Samuelson, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee said: “BAFTA’s Screenwriters’ Lecture Series offers a rare opportunity for practitioners and enthusiasts alike to gain insight into the craft of screenwriting. We’re thrilled to welcome such a fantastic line up of stellar talent to the stage this year.”
Mariayah Kaderbhai, BAFTA’s Film Programme Manager and programmer of the series said: “The 2017 edition of the BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series brings together some of the most distinct voices in cinema today. Together our speakers boast a truly impressive range of credits, with the breadth and scope of their work covering some of the most momentous themes of our time. We look forward to sharing their insights with the public and their peers this month.”
Public tickets for all lectures will be available from 14:00 on Friday 3 November via the BAFTA website at www.bafta.org/whats-on.
As part of BAFTA’s commitment to learning, podcasts of all the lectures, including exclusive video content, will be available for free on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel later in the year. Lectures from previous years of the series are available now at http://guru.bafta.org/craft/screenwriting.
Event dates and venues:
Friday 17 November Mark Boal BAFTA 195 Piccadilly
Saturday 18 November Sean Baker BAFTA 195 Piccadilly
Sunday 19 November Edgar Wright BAFTA 195 Piccadilly
Thursday 23 November Dee Rees Venue to be announced
Saturday 25 November Anthony McCarten BAFTA 195 Piccadilly
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.