Running the NFTS Masterclass programme I’ve had the privilege of arranging, producing and hosting events with inspiring, and incredibly kind, filmmakers.  There’s a collection of quotes and advice from some of the speakers in this blog post – “Cynicism is the death of creativity”

Here’re a few photos and articles about some of the Masterclasses:

Hosting a Q&A with Screenwriter Abi Morgan
Hosting a Q&A with Screenwriter Abi Morgan

Article about Suffragette Screenwriter Abi Morgan.

Interviewing writer-director Brian Welsh & Producer Camilla Bray about their film, Beats

Article about Beats Masterclass

Here’s a piece on the NFTS website, including a couple of short film clips, about an interview I did with BIFA winning writer-director-actress Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge) for an NFTS Masterclass.


One of the clips below, Alice here talking about using improvisation as part of the writing process:


Alfonso Cuaron 1
Alfonso Cuaron

Screen Daily article on Alfonso Cuaron’s Masterclass about Gravity.

Chairing a Masterclass with Beast writer-director Michael Pearce

Article about writer-director Michael Pearce’s Masterclass with his BAFTA winning debut feature Beast.

Simon Beaufoy
Simon Beaufoy

Screen Daily article on Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty, Everest screenwriter Simon Beaufoy’s Masterclass.

Lynne Ramsay after her Masterclass with You Were Never Really Here

Article about Lynne Ramsay’s Masterclass with preview of You Were Never Really Here

Edgar Wright by NFTS sign
Corin Hardy & Edgar Wright

Article about Edgar Wright’s Masterclass.  And a short blog post about the event, including footage of Edgar Wright and his friend, director Corin Hardy, who interviewed him for the Masterclass, appearing on TV together aged seventeen showing their early film-making.

Guillermo del Toro

Screen Daily piece about Guillermo del Toro’s Masterclass.
Hosting a Q&A with cinematographer Vanessa Whyte & production designer Alison Butler on BBC series Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives

Article about Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives Masterclass

Russell T Davies
Russell T Davies

“Fight to get energy into your scripts because writing itself is a very passive process – you’re sedentary,  fight to put energy into the script so that it’s not just people talking to one another.” – Russell T Davies.  More from Russell T Davies’s Masterclass with his Banana director Lewis Arnold and editor Paulo Pandolpho.

Writer-Director Martin McDonagh & Producer Graham Broadbent Masterlcass

Article about Masterclass with In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Writer-Director Martin McDonagh and Producer Graham Broadbent

Article about Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards’ Masterclass.

With Gareth Edwards & Dan Jolin of Empire Magazine who chaired the Masterclass
With Gareth Edwards & Dan Jolin of Empire Magazine who chaired the Masterclass
Bill Nighy

Article about Bill Nighy’s ‘Acting for the Screen’ Masterclass

Winter’s Bone & Leave No Trace writer-director Debra Granik

Article about writer-director Debra Granik’s Masterclass with preview of Leave No Trace

Chairing a Q&A with Game of Thrones & Dog Soldiers director Neil Marshall

Article about Masterclass with Dog Soldiers and Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall

Thomas Vinterberg & Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Thomas Vinterberg & Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Article on Screen Daily about director Thomas Vinterberg and cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen’s Masterclass.

Ben Wheatley in conversation with Corin Hardy

Article about Sightseers, Kill List and Free Fire director Ben Wheatley’s Masterclass

Their Finest (11 of 11)
Lone Scherfig
Rian & Nathan Johnson group
Rian Johnson

Article about Rian Johnson’s Masterclass

Francis Lee

Article I wrote about writer-director Francis Lee’s Masterclass with God’s Own Country

Masterclass with Joe Wright
Joe Wright

Feature on Joe Wright’s Masterclass.

Hosting a Q&A with Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire Editor, Chris Dickens
Steven Moffat & Sue Vertue w students
Sue Vertue & Steven Moffat

Article about Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat’s Masterclass

Joe Cornish
Joe Cornish

Screen Daily’s article about the Joe Cornish Masterclass

Peter Lord brought along a friend for his Masterclass
Peter Lord brought along a friend for his Masterclass

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