Oscar and BAFTA winner David Seidler to mentor at Writers' Lab Aotearoa

Posted Friday 30 May 2014

Script to Screen is excited to announce the second mentor for their inaugural Writers' Lab Aotearoa in July - the Academy Award winning screenwriter,  David Seidler.

I think of a script in terms of music: of ebb and flow, of rhythm. - David Seidler

David has a vast oeuvre writing for stage, television and feature film. In 2011, he was rewarded for his talent when he received both an Oscar and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay for  The Kings Speech.

David Seidler joins US screenwriter  Michael Goldenberg mentoring at our five-day residential Writers' Lab - with our exciting line-up of local mentors soon to be announced.

The Writers' Lab Aotearoa is brought to you with support from the  New Zealand Writers Guild and financial assistance from the  New Zealand Film Commission.

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Six Writers chosen for Writers' Lab Aotearoa!

Posted Friday 30 May 2014

And of course some of them are WIFT members! So congratulations to Gillian Ashurst and Miriam Smith  (and to Script to Screen for this exciting initiative).

The six talented writers that have been chosen to take part in the first Writers' Lab Aotearoa are: Gillian Ashurst, Maile Daugherty, Nic Gorman, Kelly Kilgour, Miriam Smith, and Tusi Tamasese. 

These writers will undergo intensive workshopping of their feature projects over the course of a five-day residential lab on Waiheke Island at the beginning of July. Mentorship will come from prestigious international and local professionals: US screenwriters Michael Goldenberg and David Seidler as well as an exciting line-up of kiwis soon to be announced.

Script to Screen received 55 applications from writers and writing teams. A selection panel of industry practitioners read these blind in order to create a shortlist of twelve.

The Writers' Lab Aotearoa is brought to you with the support of the NZ Writers Guild with financial assistance from the NZ Film Commission.