BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series 2017 – Biographies
Moviehooker is thrilled to announce and share with you all the BAFTA screenwriters’ lecture series. Some of the best names in screenwriting will be in attendance to talk to us about their life as a scribe and the beautiful art of filmmaking.
An event not to be missed!
Mark Boal is a BAFTA and Oscar-winning American screenwriter, producer and journalist.
Before becoming a prominent name in cinema, Boal worked as a journalist, writing for publications such as Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Playboy. In 2004, Boal wrote an article for Playboy about the 2003 murder of veteran Richard T. Davis, which was later adapted by writer-director Paul Haggis into a fictional screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film, In the Valley of Elah (2007). Both Haggis and Boal have a writing credit for the story.
In 2008 Boal wrote and produced Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film won a total of six BAFTAs, including Film and Original Screenplay, as well as winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
Boal wrote and produced political action thriller Zero Dark Thirty in 2012, working again with director Kathryn Bigelow. The film earned him BAFTA nominations for Original Screenplay and Film, Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Boal and Bigelow collaborated for a third time on Detroit (2017), which Boal wrote and produced. Starring John Boyega and Will Poulter, the film is based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit’s 1967 12th Street Riot and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the event.
Sean Baker is an American screenwriter, director and producer.
In 2000 Sean Baker made his first feature film, Four Letter Words, which he wrote, directed and edited. Baker went on to make his second film, Take Out, in 2004, which depicts a day-in-the-life of an illegal Chinese immigrant working as a deliveryman for a Chinese takeaway in New York. The film, which was co-written, directed, edited and produced by Baker and Taiwanese filmmaker Shih-Ching Tsou, was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2015, Sean Baker wrote, directed and produced drama Tangerine, which tells the story of a transgender sex worker and was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, later winning many awards and accolades, including Gotham Independent Film Awards for Breakthrough Actor in 2015 for Mya Taylor’s performance.
His latest film, The Florida Project (2017), received its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Starring Willem Dafoe, the film follows a young single mother (newcomer Bria Vinaite) and her daughter (Brooklynn Prince) living in a motel south of the Disney World resort in Orlando and explores the issue of ‘hidden homelessness’ in the United States.
Edgar Wright is a British BAFTA-nominated writer-director.
Wright made his first feature film in 1995 with low-budget, independent spoof western A Fistful of Fingers. A Fistful Of Fingers caught the attention of comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who chose him as the director of their sketch show Mash and Peas. Between 1999 and 2001, he directed the first two series of BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 comedy Spaced, written by and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes.
The critical success of Spaced paved the way for feature film Shaun of the Dead (2004), which Wright directed and co-wrote with Simon Pegg. The black comedy, starring Spaced alumni Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, received three BAFTA nominations, including the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year, and won the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Screenplay.
Shaun Of The Dead was then followed by action comedy Hot Fuzz in 2007, which Wright again directed and co-wrote with Simon Pegg, who reteamed with Nick Frost to play the lead roles. The film topped the UK box office charts for three weeks and grossed $90 million worldwide, winning a National Movie Award and an Empire Award, both for Best Comedy. Wright, Pegg, and Frost reunited once more to make The World’s End in 2013, which went on to win the Empire Award for Best British Film.
In 2010 Wright co-wrote, directed and produced Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, based on the famous graphic novel and starring Michael Cera, and in 2015 wrote superhero film Ant-Man.
Edgar Wright most recently wrote and directed 2017 action film Baby Driver, starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Lily James. The film premiered at SXSW in March earlier this year to critical acclaim.
Dee Rees is an American writer-director.
Rees’ debut feature film Pariah, starring Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it was honoured with the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition “Excellence in Cinematography” Award and was later released by Focus Features. Pariah went on to win numerous awards including the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards (2011) and the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Director 2011. The film also earned a spot on New York Times’ 10 Directors to Watch list in 2013.
Her HBO film Bessie (2015), starring Queen Latifah as the legendary American Blues singer, won four Emmys and was nominated for a further eight. Bessie also received four Critics’ Choice Awards. Following the success of the film, which Rees wrote and directed, she received 2016 Director’s Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries as well as the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie.
Most recently, Rees directed and co-wrote feature film Mudbound. Starring BAFTA-winning actress Carey Mulligan, Mudbound is set in the rural American South during World War II. It tells the story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. The film will be released on Netflix on 17 November 2017.
Anthony McCarten is a BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter, producer and novelist from New Zealand.
In 2011 McCarten adapted his own 2008 novel, Death of Superhero, for the screen. The feature had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival that year and won both the Audience Choice Prize and the Young Jury Prize at the 2011 Les Arcs European Film, and the Dublin Film Critics Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2012.
In 2014 McCarten wrote and produced the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, for which he won two BAFTAs in 2015: for Adapted Screenplay and Outstanding British Film. The film, which received 10 BAFTA nominations in total, was also nominated for four Oscars, with McCarten earning two for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture of the Year.
Anthony McCarten’s most recent film, The Darkest Hour, which he wrote and produced, received its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017 and is slated for release later this year. Directed by BAFTA winner Joe Wright, the film stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and follows the Prime Minister at the beginning of the Second World War.
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