London Screenwriting Research Seminar

The London Screenwriting Research Seminar has been established by a group of academics at Royal Holloway University of London and elsewhere in the London region, associated with the newly launched Journal of Screenwriting and the Screenwriting Research Network. Founder members include Adam Ganz, Sue Clayton and Barry Langford (all Royal Holloway), Jill Nelmes (University of East London) editor of the Journal of Screenwriting and Analysing the Screenplay, Rosamund Davies (University of Greenwich) and Stephen Price (University of Bangor).

The seminar explores the study of the screenplay and the practice of screenwriting as an academic discipline and object of scholarly enquiry. We explore the nature of writing for the moving image in the broadest sense, from a broad range of possible methodologies and approaches, considering in particular: the history and poetics of the form, contextual analysis, the process of writing for the moving image, and the relationship of word and image in the production process.

There are some podcasts available.

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Poetics and Politics of Documentary Film, Research Symposium at the Aalto, Helsinki, Finland

The aim of the Poetics and Politics symposium is to strenghten dialogue between theory and practice in documentary film. We wish to promote a forum for discussions on the possibilities and approaches on practice-based research and theorizing that stems from artistic work. Filmmakers and scholars interested in conceptual approaches in documentary film are welcome to attend.

Vietnamese-American filmmaker and theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha will participate in the event and give a keynote lecture on Monday, April 22. On Tuesday morning, April 23, professor Brian Winston from the UK will give a second keynote.  The programme consists of 10 parallell sessions where filmmakers and academics present their work.  In addition, two recent documentary films are screened.

The conference fee is 85 euros and includes lunches, coffees and a get-together party on Monday evening. More information and instructions for registration are available on the

The symposium is organized by the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at Aalto University ARTS, Helsinki, Finland.

London Screenwriting Seminar – Ch. Barr, S. French and N. Gerrard podcasts

Here is a communication from Adam Ganz, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University of London.

Thank you, Adam.

There were some requests for podcasts of our previous seminars and these are now available online.

Charles Barr on “Hitchcock and his Writers” is here

Sean French and Nicci Gerrard talking about being adapted is here

These are both downloadable through iTunes.

Many thanks to the Institute of English Studies for making this possible.

London Screenwriting Research Seminar – Dr Eva Novrup Redvall

We are delighted to welcome at the next session of the London Screenwriting Research Seminar on Thursday 21st of March Dr Eva Novrup Redvall from the University of Copenhagen who will be speaking on

“Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark: The Writing of Borgen”

Venue:  STB3/6 (Stewart House, basement Next to Senate House) Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. (nearest tube Russell Square).

Dr Eva Novrup Redvall is Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen. She has spent time observing the Writers Room for Borgen as part of a major research project into the Writing and Production of Television Drama Series from Danmarks Radio, with the support of The Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (FKK)) This will be published in English as “Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark: From The Kingdom to The Killing” by Palgrave Macmillan later in 2013
She is also film critic for the daily Danish newspaper Information and part of the programming team for the Göteborg International Film Festival.

All welcome  -refreshments will be provided.

More information about London Screenwriting Research Seminar here.