Seven acclaimed screenwriters will speak as part of the BAFTA/BFI series aimed at celebrating the screenwriter’s contribution to a film’s creative vision.

Gladiator writer William Nicholson, Tamara Drewe writer Moira Buffini and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind writer Charlie Kaufman are confirmed to deliver lectures as part of a special BAFTA and BFI series exploring the art of the screenwriter.

Also speaking will be John Logan (The Aviator), Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros), Frank Cottrell Boyce (Hilary And Jackie) and Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes The Barley).

Now in its second year, the series aims to celebrate the screenwriter’s contribution to a film’s creative vision.

The lectures will take place at BAFTA and the BFI Southbank over three weeks in September, funded by JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

Nicholson will kick off the season, which has been programmed by screenwriter and BAFTA Film Commmittee member Jeremy Brock, on Thursday 13 September, at BAFTA.

Brock, whose writing credits include Mrs Brown and Last King Of Scotland, said the motivation behind the series was to “celebrate screenwriters as collaborative authors of films, rather than simply as adjuncts of the director’s vision.”

Webcasts of all the lectures will be put on the BAFTA and BFI websites later in the year.

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