ANJI LOMAN FIELD
Anji has been writing drama for television, radio and film for over two decades. A former contract writer for “EastEnders”, she has also written for BBC’s “Holby City” and “Doctors”. Her original plays for BBC Radio 4 have starred, amongst others, Penelope Wilton, David Tennant and Lucy Benjamin.
She penned 40 episodes of “Taste of Life” for BBC Media Action in Cambodia and was the creator and show-runner of “House of Many Windows”, a long running BBC Media Action TV drama series set in Vietnam.
Anji has written several issue-led films and the romantic comedy movie “Staying Single” for the Cambodian market, and her work for the German market includes comedy drama series “Singles”, a TV movie “Email to God” and the comedy feature film “Love Scenes from Planet Earth”.
She was actively involved with the London Screenwriters’ Workshop for several years, running various courses and events. She has also taught at the London Institute (LCP), West Herts College, Central Film School and the RCA. Among her former students are Mike Bullen, creator of “Cold Feet” and writer/producer/ director Sean McConville (“Deadline”; “The Quiet Hour”).
In 2018, her projects included training BBC Media Action’s Libyan team to devise an original TV drama series. She was a scriptwriter for 2 episodes of BBC DOCTORS (TX 12 March and 12 June 2018). She was also a module leader on the BA in SCREENWRITING (Writing for Television module) at the Central Film School, London (June-August 2018). She is also developing original projects for film, TV and radio, inc. short film CHOSEN, to be produced early 2019. At Euroscript she is in charge of The Writers’ Room Summer School and the courses Writing for an Existing TV Drama Series and Plan Your TV Drama Pilot.
Q: What’s your favourite TV series?
A: I have very eclectic taste so it's hard to pin down any one show but among those I've admired lately have been BBC/AMC/The Ink Factory’s THE NIGHT MANAGER, adapted by David Farr, KEEPING FAITH by Matthew Hall for Vox Pictures/BBC and DOCTOR FOSTER, written by Mike Bartlett for Drama Republic/BBC.
I also enjoyed Keshet/Fifty Fathom’s THE A WORD, adapted by Peter Bowker for BBC, the BBC2/Tiger Aspect transgender sitcom created by Elliot Kerrigan, BOY MEETS GIRL, Sally Wainwright's HAPPY VALLEY (BBC1) and Matthew Weiner's MAD MEN (Netflix).
Q: Who is the best screen drunk?
A: There are a few memorable drunks but Billy Bob Thornton's dark and funny performance in Bad Santa does it for me.
Q: What’s your most romantic encounter on screen?
A: It would have to be a toss up between Casablanca and When Harry Met Sally, I think.
Q: What's the worst film or TV box set you could be stuck with on a desert island?
A: Any horror, sci-fi or fantasy that wasn't also a comedy, or anything featuring gratuitous violence.
Q: What's the most memorable line of dialogue
A: So hard to choose but "Jesus, I must be crazy to be in a loony-bin like this" - from Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest works for me.