'Man of Steel's' David S. Goyer Set for BAFTA, BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series

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"Bourne" franchise writer Tony Gilroy and "Erin Brockovich" scribe Susannah Grant are also part of the lineup of the fourth annual event in London.

LONDON – Man of Steel, Dark Knight and Da Vinci's Demons writer David S. Goyer and Bourne franchise scribe Tony Gilroy (also known for Michael Clayton and Armageddon) are among the big names that will speak at the fourth annual BAFTA, BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series here in September.

The series will take place Sept. 23-30 and feature five writers.

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The others are Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman), Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, Pocahontas, A Gifted Man) and Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral).

Goyer will open the event series that will allow scribes to share their experiences. "The series overall is designed to shine a light on screenwriters who often don’t get the recognition they deserve," organizers said.

The series is programmed by screenwriter and BAFTA member Jeremy Brock (Last King of Scotland).

“These lectures are now a firm fixture in the international calendar, boasting the very finest writers working in film," he said. "Our series is all about the voices that craft those blank pages into light. We proudly celebrate the ghosts in the machine, invisible in every frame of the finished film."

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Said BAFTA chairman John Willis: "We’re thrilled to be able to share the insights of such a varied and well-respected range of screenwriters with the public. The starting point for these lectures is film, but it’s exciting to note the significant contribution that these writers have also made to the world of television and, in at least one case, to games."

The video games comment was a reference to Goyer's work on the Call of Duty: Black Ops games.

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