French writer-director Olivier Assayas will be in conversation with Screen critic Jonathan Romney at the London Film Festival on Oct 24 at 5 pm at NFT1.

Assayas will discuss his entire career as a screenwriter, director and journalist.

He will of course also discuss his latest work, the TV mini-series and feature film Carlos, about infamous Venezuelan terrorist Carlos The Jackal. That project (the 325-minute version) screens at the LFF on Oct 16 at noon.

Assayas began his career writing for French film magazine Cahiers Du Cinema. In 1985 his first feature screenplay Rendez-vous was nominated for seven Cesar awards, including best screenplay.

He has gone on to direct over 20 features including Les Destinees (2000), DemonLover (2002) and Clean (2004), all of which were nominated for the Palme d’Or.

Assayas’ career as a writer-director has been deeply influenced by Asian cinema and a passion for music. He is the son of French director-screenwriter Jacques Remy and between 1998 and 2001 was married to actress Maggie Cheung, star of Assayas’ Irma Vep and Clean. He is currently married to actress-director Mia Hansen Love.