BFI, BAFTA team to host screenwriter lectures

David Hare, Ronald Harwood, Peter Morgan among writers

LONDON -- The British Film Institute and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts are teaming up to host a strand of lectures from a who's who of screenwriters from these shores.

Famous writers gathering for the series of events include David Hare, Ronald Harwood, Peter Morgan, Aline Brosh McKenna, Simon Beaufoy and Christopher Hampton.

The two British institutions will host the lecture events throughout September this year and aim to put the spotlight on the sometimes forgotten scribes.

"While the screenplay is the foundation and starting point of every film, screenwriters rarely get the public credit or attention that directors and actors enjoy once the film is produced and exhibited," the two bodies stated.

Hare ("The Reader") will kick off the lectures at the BFI Southbank with Hampton ("Atonement") and Beaufoy ("The Full Monty") following.

Then the writerly action switches to BAFTA HQ with Morgan ("The Queen") and McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada") before Harwood's ("The Pianist") talk back at BFI Southbank.
It takes a writer to know writers with the season programmed by scribe Jeremy Brock ("Last King Of Scotland).

Said Brock: "The idea is to celebrate screenwriters as collaborative authors of films, rather than simply as adjuncts of the director's vision. I am passionately against the possessory credit now taken by almost all directors – 'a film by' - except in the case of directors who also write their own screenplays."

The season is funded by JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.
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