The Southern Script Festival – Bournemouth University

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Industry names descend on Bournemouth University for the Southern Script Festival

It’s not just for the students here. It’s reaching out to new and aspiring writers across the region.

26-27 March will see Bournemouth University awash with writers, directors and producers, including Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street and Gimme Gimme), Robin Mukherjee (Casualty and Eastenders) and Jeremy Paul (Countess Dracula, The Flip Side of Dominick Hide, Midsomer Murders).

The famous names are gathering for the upcoming Southern Script Festival to give tips to budding writers and run workshops, seminars and debates. Speakers will cover a range of mediums, including film, TV, radio, theatre and the sequential arts (comics, games, online).

The event is run by Scriptwriting students from the Media School at Bournemouth University. Rosie Cullen, Programme Leader of the MA Screenwriting, said: “It’s not just for the students here. It’s reaching out to new and aspiring writers across the region. It will encourage, inspire and support all writers looking to hone their skills and will provide a great chance to network.”

The festival offers an excellent opportunity for emerging scriptwriters to enhance their abilities, be informed of current trends in screenwriting education and to encourage a strong relationship between scriptwriting courses and the media industry.

Perhaps the most desirable part of the event is the chance for writers to have a 15 minute session with an industry panel who will listen to script pitches and give feedback. This money can’t buy opportunity will put the writers of tomorrow in front of leading industry figures.

White Lantern Film are sponsoring the Festival’s The Last Word short script competition with potential for production of the short and an opportunity for development of a future feature project as prize.

Guest speakers and panellists will also include:-

Sandy Lieberson – a former executive with Hollywood studios MGM, 20th Century Fox and supervising producer of such blockbusters as Blade Runner, Alien, Thelma and Louise, Once Upon A Time In America.

Serena Cullen, former Head of Development for BBC Drama who now runs her own production company and recently made SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

Fay Rusling – The Green Wing, Smack the Pony

Chris Jones – Guerrilla filmmaking expert

Christopher Hill – Skins

Andrew Ellard – The IT Crowd

Lucy V Hay – writer and Script Consultant of Bang2Write fame

A networking evening will provide further opportunities to ‘meet the professionals’ and fellow delegates.

The festival will take place at Bournemouth University in the new Kimmeridge House suite, which boasts several large workshop and seminar facilities along with two large lecture halls.

A buffet lunch and tea/coffee will be provided on both days and are included in the ticket price: Full Price £50 (early bird £40) per day and Students £20 (early bird £15) per day.

More details can be found by visiting the website

Notes to Editors:
1.    BU is the UK’s Number One New University (first place among all institutions that became universities since 1992) according to The Guardian University Guide 2009 & 2010. (
2.    In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) BU is the fourth most improved university in the UK for the quality of its research (according to Times Higher Education).

BU Press Office: Tel: (01202) 963963, e-mail: press(at)bournemouth(dot)ac(dot)uk


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