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THREE WRITER/DIRECTORS DISCUSS THEIR SHORT FILMS:
Fenella Greenfield - PILL
Nicola Quilter - PRAWN
SPECIAL GUEST: TBC
PLUS: PERFECT PITCH - four writers (randomly selected at the last Speakeasy) present their 90 second pitches to our esteemed panel for feedback - and the chance to
pitch in the finals of the annual
(Time & Date TBC)
After much deliberation, Euroscript tutor/screenwriter Anji Loman Field reveals the shows that get her vote for 2018:
NUMBER 1: PATRICK MELROSE (SKY Atlantic). Benedict Cumberbatch on supreme form in Edward St Aubyn’s audacious semi-autobiographical, black comedy tale of upper-middle-class debauchery, superbly adapted for television by screenwriter David Nicholls.
NUMBER 2: BUTTERFLY (ITV). Brilliantly written by Tony Marchant, this potentially controversial drama about a young boy who identifies as a girl – and how those around him deal with the situation - is handled sensitively and should be compulsory viewing.
NUMBER 3: KEEPING FAITH. (BBC) This Welsh thriller, created and written by Matthew Hall, has a fresh and authentic style and was a big, surprise hit for BBC in 2018. Despite some excruciating moments when you want to yell at the screen DON’T GO THERE! CALL THE POLICE! it’s compelling viewing and a second series is already on the way.
NUMBER 4: THE CRY (BBC). Adapted from Helen Fitzgerald’s novel by screenwriter Jacquelin Perske this is a tense and gripping psychological drama. If you can get past the crying baby in episode one, it’s a definite binge-watch.
NUMBER 5: THERE SHE GOES (BBC). Starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes, this brutally honest, darkly comic portrayal of young parents coming to terms with their daughter’s disability was bravely penned by comedy writer Shaun Pye, based on his own experiences. Not always comfortable viewing but enormously human and informative.
Of the above series, two are adaptations of successful novels, one is based on the screenwriters’ real-life experiences, the other two are original stories. All were “authored” rather than being team-written but most of the writers have worked on long-running, team-written shows in the past.
If you want to hone your writing skills on existing TV drama series, sign up for Anji’s popular course Writing for Existing TV Drama Series, starting February 3rd. More details HERE
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