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Budding filmmakers roll up – six top screenwriters are doing talks in London

By Time Out Film

Ever feel like you’ve got an Oscar-winning screenplay in you? Does dramatic dialogue make you go all ditzy? Well, those film buffs at BAFTA are bringing back their annual screenwriters’ lectures and this year's line-up is absolutely cracking. 

Over three days – 23, 24 and 25 November – six top-tier scribes will be dropping into BAFTA’s home on Piccadilly to deliver tidbits and tales about their careers. Kicking things off is Ol Parker, the writer of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and the co-writer of this year’s breakout movie-musical ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’. Joining him will be Taika Waititi, whose work includes directing ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, and Nicole Holofcener (‘Friends With Money’). 

Mexican writer and director Alfonso Cuarón, whose films include ‘Y Tu Mamá También’, ‘Gravity’ and this year's ‘Roma’, will be discussing the art of screenwriting, as will Nadine Labaki, who was the first female Arab filmmaker to win a major prize at Cannes. Legendary critic and writer Paul Schrader will be closing the series and chatting about his work on films such as ‘American Gigolo’, ‘Taxi Driver’ and ’Raging Bull’. See the event dates and times below: 

Friday 23 November
Ol Parker – 7pm

Saturday 24 November
Taika Waititi – 3pm
Nicole Holofcener – 6pm

Sunday 25 November
Alfonso Cuarón – 12pm
Nadine Labaki – 3pm
Paul Schrader – 5.30pm

Tickets for the series are on sale now. Buy them now at the BAFTA website.

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