Brit Screenwriters Give BAFTA Lectures

BAFTA and the British Film Institute are hosting a series of screenwriter lectures throughout September. Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, September 20), David Hare (The Reader, September 9), Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, September 23), Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, September 17), Christopher Hampton (Atonement, September 10) and Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, September 21) will all speak. The season has been organised by screenwriter Jeremy Brock, who says: “The idea is to celebrate screenwriters as collaborative authors of films, rather than adjuncts of the director’s vision.” Public perception that somehow director’s are the sole author of a movie has irritated screenwriters for years. Likewise, that possessory credit on movie credits. As the old joke about two screenwriters in a car driving past a director’s house goes: “Oh, there’s Joe Smith’s house … Or should I say, a house by Joe Smith?”

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