Access NFTS: In Conversation with Brian Ward, Screenwriting

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Access NFTS

Event Date:
Tue, October 26, 2021 16:30 to 17:30

Access NFTS: In Conversation with Brian Ward, Screenwriting

Supported by 'Last Night in Soho'

Join us for a series of live virtual sessions where industry professionals will be discussing their careers and experience behind the camera. Come along and learn about the range of roles available, take the opportunity to ask the experts and maybe find your future career! In the lead up to the release of the latest Edgar Wright movie (with a screenplay co written by NFTS Alumni Kristy Wilson-Cairns) this event is supported by  'Last Night in Soho' (released on October 29th).

Details of this session are:

26th October:

In Conversation with Brian Ward, Head of Screenwriting at the NFTS

Born in Glasgow, Brian studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art, then writing and directing at the UK’s National Film & Television School, and between 1984 and 1994 directed more than 60 music videos for artists as diverse as Sade, AC/DC, Art Garfunkel, The Alarm, Big Country and The Pretenders.   

Brian has many years’ experience as a screenwriter in film and TV. His credits include: The Interpreter starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn directed by the late Sydney Pollack; Death Defying Acts starring Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Saoirse Ronan; Tabloid with Matthew Rhys, John Hurt, David Soul and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; and the award-winning Shoebox Zoo a CGI/live-action BBC TV series starring Peter Mullan, Jason Connery and the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Simon Callow, Siobhan Redmond & Rik Mayall. 

His recent screenplays include: Red, White & Blue, the epic story of a Native American prodigal son; Comrades in Arms a Vietnam-set action thriller; Little Lucky a modern fairy-tale; Christmas Lights an animated musical; Angel of Leningrad a metaphysical thriller; and a live-action/CGI TV series Kingdom of the Wolves. 

He is currently adapting Amanda Smyth’s novel A Kind of Eden as a TV mini-series, My Camino, a movie based on Sue Kenney’s best-seller, and is writing a original TV pilot called Playing With Fire. He’s in development with King of Diamonds starring Aidan Turner, for Daybreak producers David Aukin and Hal Vogel and Ingenious Finance, plus The Rock with Big Talk and Mediapro, Shakespeare Goes West with Stephen Fry’s Sprout Pictures, and Priceless, a thriller set in the art world - all four TV series written with longtime collaborator Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia, Defense of the Realm, Yardie). 

Brian himself is attached to direct two features, Indian Summer from his own script, starring Sean Bean, Ashley Jensen and Chaske Spencer, produced by Iain Brown, and Hotel Britannia (co-written with Stellman) produced by Christopher Granier-Deferre. He is Executive Producer on Beating the Drum, in development with BBC Films and Creative Scotland, and is working on Rewind a black comedy thriller set at the Cannes Film Festival. 
Head of Screenwriting at the NFTS for the last 5 years, and senior visiting tutor since 2005, he has also taught at the London International and Met Film Schools, the Polish National Film School in Lodz, the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam, the Univsitat Ramon Llul in Barcelona, and the DFFB in Berlin. In addition, he has been a mentor on the Passion to Market, Writers for Europe and ScripTeast pan-European script development programmes.  


To book your FREE places please go to our Booking Form.  There is no charge for any of these events and they will take place via Zoom. Links will be sent to those booked no later than 24 hours before each event. These sessions are open to all. Under 16's will need the supervision of an adult and log in using their account. 

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