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Pedro Almodovar and Noah Baumbach confirmed for BAFTA's Screenwriters’ Lecture Series (2019)

Pedro Almodovar directs Broken Embraces

Story by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almódovar and Oscar-tipped director Noah Baumbach have both been confirmed for this year’s BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series.

Taking place at Curzon cinemas in Mayfair and Soho from November 30 to December 12, the 2019 series marks the 10th year of BAFTA’s annual series.

The programme of events features lectures from five internationally acclaimed, award-winning screenwriters: Almódovar (who released Pain and Glory earlier this year), Baumbach (whose latest, Marriage Story, is an awards contender), Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) and Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire).

The Screenwriters’ Lecture Series exists to celebrate screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers with an audience of film-lovers and their peers.

Created by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Jeremy Brock, the series is supported by JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

The 10th annual series begins on Saturday, November 30 with a lecture from Almódovar, five-time BAFTA-winning screenwriter, director and producer. Almodóvar’s works include All About My Mother (1999), which won two BAFTA Awards and an Oscar, Volver (2006), and his latest release Pain and Glory (2019).

On Monday, December 2, French screenwriter Céline Sciamma will deliver her lecture. Sciamma film career began over 20 years ago with Water Lilies (2007), and more recently Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), which won her the Best Screenplay Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Known for his dramatic comedies, Noah Baumbach will also speak about his career on Thursday, December 5. Baumbach has worked on The Squid and the Whale (2005), earning him an Oscar nomination, and more recently is known for Frances Ha (2012) and Marriage Story (2019).

Robert Eggers will share his insights on the craft of screenwriting on Saturday, November 7. As well as a screenwriter, Eggers is a director and production designer best known for his acclaimed horror films, including The Witch (2015) and The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe (2019).

South Korean film director and screenwriter Bong Joon Ho will close the 10th annual series with his lecture on Thursday, December 12. His past credits include The Host (2006) and the science fiction action film Snowpiercer (2013), both of which were among the highest-grossing film of all time in South Korea. Most recent work has included Okja (2017) and Parasite (2019), in which Bong was director, producer and screenwriter across both.

Mariayah Kaderbhai, Head of Programmes at BAFTA, commented: “Now in its tenth year, the BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series is a rare opportunity to hear insights into the craft of screenwriting from some of the most unique voices in the world. This year’s exciting line-up features renowned screenwriters from across the globe highlighting that the best stories are always those that are most universal.”

Booking information:

Public tickets are now available for all lectures from Curzon, the official venue partner for the Screenwriter’s Lecture Series, here.

As part of BAFTA’s commitment to learning, podcasts of all the lectures, including exclusive video content, will be available for free on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel later in the year. Lectures from previous years of the series are available now here.

Event dates and venues:

Saturday, November 30 – Pedro Almódovar (Curzon Soho, 15:30)

Monday, December 2 – Céline Sciamma (Curzon Mayfair, 18:15)

Thursday, December 5 – Noah Baumbach (Curzon Mayfair, 17:30)

Saturday, December 7 – Robert Eggers (Curzon Mayfair, 18:00)

Thursday, December 12 – Bong Joon Ho (Curzon Mayfair, 18:15)

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