Edgar wright sean baker

Source: Bafta

Edgar Wright, Sean Baker

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has revealed the latest line-up of speakers for its screenwriters’ lecture series.

This year will feature Mark Boal, Sean Baker, Edgar Wright, Dee Rees and Anthony McCarten.

The series kicks off on November 17 with a talk by US screenwriter, producer and journalist Mark Boal, writer of The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and Detroit, all for director Kathryn Bigelow. Boal won the best original screenplay Oscar and Bafta for 2008 Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker.

The following night, The Florida Project writer-director Sean Baker will speak at Bafta HQ. The Florida Project premiered at Cannes Film Festival in Directors’ Fortnight this year and follows on from his acclaimed 2015 release Tangerine.

Bafta-winning UK screenwriter, director and producer Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead) will deliver his lecture on November 19. The filmmaker, who paired up with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the Cornetto Trilogy, premiered his latest action film Baby Driver at SXSW in March.   

US writer-director Dee Rees (Pariah) will follow up Wright’s lecture with a talk on Thursday 23 November. Rees’ most recent feature, Mudbound, premiered at Sundance in January.

The series wraps up on November 25 with Bafta-winning New Zealand-born screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything). McCarten’s most recent film, Darkest Hour, received its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September.