Emma Thompson, James Schamus Set for BAFTA, BFI Screenwriters Lecture Series

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Now in its fifth year, the popular London event series has previously featured the likes of Julian Fellowes, David S. Goyer and Charlie Kaufman.

LONDON – Emma Thompson, James Schamus and Steven Knight have been lined up to headline the latest series of screenwriters' lectures organized here by BAFTA and the British Film Institute.

Now in its fifth year, the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series has previously featured the likes of Julian Fellowes, David S. Goyer, John Logan and Charlie Kaufman. The latest season is set to take place in London between Sept. 18 and Sept. 29.

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“The Screenwriters’ Lecture Series has become a highlight of the BAFTA events calendar," said BAFTA’s deputy chairman, John Willis. "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."

He added: "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. BAFTA is thrilled to welcome these brilliant screenwriters to share the benefit of their vast experience with a public audience."

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Between them, Schamus (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain), Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee) and Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) boast seven BAFTA and Oscar nominations for their screenplays, alongside numerous other awards.

Schamus, jury president at this year’s Berlinale and former CEO of Focus Features, was last week given the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award on the opening night of Los Angeles’ LGBT film festival.


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