MENTORS

Script Editor, Vicki Jung, will be running the Writers Workshop and over the three days are mentors are John Irvin, Andy Paterson, Olivia Hetreed, Henry Fitzherbert, Charlotte Wontner, John Archer and Steve Bowden.

VICKI JUNG
Vicki Jung is a freelance script editor, with over 20 years experience assessing and developing feature film scripts for the UK Film Industry. She has extensive experience reporting for development and providing feedback to individual writers, a wide range of Independent Production Companies, Training organisations (The Script Factory, First Film Foundation) and National and Regional Screen agencies (UK Film Council, Scottish Screen, Film London, Screen South). She has worked extensively with Producer Charlotte Wontner at Hopscotch Films and together they co-ran the Invicta Writers Group, developing treatments with writers from the Screen South region. She also developed a slate of projects for The National Film and Television Foundation in South Africa and more recently provided editorial feedback for a slate of projects for Somesuch Production Co. Her script editing experience includes working closely with film-maker Andrew Kotting on BBC Films commissioned ‘Ivul’ (2009) and ‘Lek and the Dogs’ (2017), which was developed in association with the BFI and was rated Sight and Sound’s film of month.

OLIVIA HETRED

Olivia Hetreed is a multi-award-winning British screenwriter, film editor and mentor. In 2003 she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay with her adaptation of Tracy Chevalier’s best-selling novel Girl With a Pearl Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. In 2011 she co-wrote Charlotte Bronte’s Wuthering Heights with Andrea Arnold, the Academy Award winning director. Recent international films include Finding Altamira (2016), starring Antonio Banderas, Bosnia’s first animated feature, Birds Like Us (2017) starring Alicia Vikander, Jeremy Irons and Jim Broadbent, and Mohamed al-Daradji’s The Journey, Iraq’s Oscar entry for 2018. In 2013 was named president of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, the largest writers’ union in Europe, from which she has just stepped down after 6 years. Olivia was selected for the prestigious NFTS/Disney Diverse Directors scheme 2019 and has just completed her directorial debut short film, Home from Home. She is preparing to direct her first feature, Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace.


HENRY FITZHERBERT

Henry Fitzherbert is a film critic turned screenwriter. For several years he was film editor of the Sunday Express, writing and often selling his own screenplays, including a romantic comedy to Lionsgate UK/ Rocket Pictures. Now he writes full time, in a variety of genres. Recently Henry he co-wrote Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Michael Sheen, Margot Robbie, Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole and Hermione Corfield. It was the debut production from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Stolen Picture, in conjunction with Catalyst Global Media and Sony International Productions. Reflecting his interest in true stories, Henry wrote Born a King (2019), a $20 million historical drama set 1919 in Arabia and the UK. Directed by multiple Goya winner Agustí Villaronga, it stars Ed Skrein, Hermione Corfield, Kenneth Cranham, Laurence Fox, James Fleet, Celyn Jones and Abdullah Ali. Current projects include a romantic comedy being directed by Oliver Parker, and several projects with Crispian Mills.

JOHN IRVIN

John Irvin is a British film director and producer with more than 30 motion pictures to his name and extensive experience working with most major film studios, both in the UK and America. He is co-founder of DearHeart Productions where he co-produced and directed the revered Mandela’s Gun (2016), for which he won Best Director at the Harlem International Film Festival. He was the director of the box office hit Hamburger Hill (1987), which depicts the real events of the controversial Battle of Hamburger Hill during the Vietnam War. In 1999 his film When Trumpets Fade won the Fiction award at the Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming. He directed Widow’s Peak (1995), which won Best Film at the Austin Film Festival. His other features include The Dogs of War (1980), Ghost Story (1981), Champions (1984), Turtle Diary (1985), Robin Hood (1991), Next of Kin (1989), A Month by the Lake (1995), Shiner (2000) and The Boys from County Clare (2003). He has received three BAFTA nominations in total: Best Director with Best Drama Series/ Serial with the BBC’s adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and Hard Times (1977), and Best Short Film with Mafia No! (1967). 

PETER WEBBER

Peter Webber is a British director, editor and producer who has extensive experience in feature films and television. His first film was the short film The Zebra Man (1992) starring Minnie Driver and Peter Guinness, which he co-wrote and directed. He then worked as an editor, working with the producers Andy Paterson and Anand Tucker on Saint-Ex (1996) starring Bruno Ganz and Miranda Richardson. His first major directorial debut came when he directed Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, which received numerous accolades including 3 Academy Award nominations, 2 Golden Globe nominations and 10 BAFTA Award nominations. Peter Webber then went on to direct Hannibal Rising (2007) which depicts the origin story of the young Hannibal Lecter. Other directorial credits include Emperor (2012) starring Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox, the TV drama series Tutankhamun (2016) starring Max Irons and Sam Neill and the Netflix Original Pickpockets (2018). His documentary work includes the award-winning environmental feature documentary Ten Billion (2015) and Earth: One Amazing Day (2017), narrated by Robert Redford and Jackie Chan, for which he won Best Film at Academia Film Olomouc and the Chinese American Film Festival.  This year has seen the release of his new film Inna de Yard, a documentary feature which follows a group of pioneering reggae musicians, capturing the continuing relevance of their music and way of life. 

ANDY PATERSON

Andy Paterson is a producer with extensive experience producing multi-award-winning motion pictures. Previous productions include the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated Hilary and Jackie (1998), starring Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, and the Oscar-winning Restoration (1995), starring Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Grant and Meg Ryan. In 2003 Paterson produced the multi-award-winning Girl With A Pearl Earring, with Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, which was written by his wife and business partner, Olivia Hetreed. The film was nominated for 10 BAFTA Awards, 3 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, 3 EFAs and 3 BIFAs and was a box office hit all over the world. Other productions include The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. It was released by Lionsgate in the UK and The Weinstein Company in the US. It won the 2014 SPA Award for Best Feature and the AACTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. Forthcoming productions include The Plutonium Club, a Cold War thriller set against the development of the British atomic bomb from a screenplay by Paterson and Hetreed, Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace, Hetreed’s directorial debut, and The Astronomer and the Witch, directed by Michael Hoffman.

STEVE BOWDEN

Steve Bowden is an audio-visual entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience working in a variety of roles in the film and television industries, producing films since 1997. Steve ran two independent production companies and has been responsible for over 50 audio-visual projects including feature films, short films and television productions. His film work has been licensed by major international film distributors; broadcast on the BBC, ITV, Channel Four and SKY; streamed on Netflix and Amazon and screened at international films festivals and markets including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Dinard Film Festival, Antalya Film Festival, Emden Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, the Marche du Film, the European Film Market, and the American Film Market - collecting several awards and accolades. Steve has designed and delivered bootcamps, workshops and training programmes for aspiring filmmakers and entrepreneurial producers and is a graduate of the prestigious European Audio- Visual Entrepreneurs programme (EAVE).
JOHN ARCHER
John Archer has considerable experience in film and television production, having produced over 600 hours of UK network television. He was head of Music and Arts at BBC Scotland and the founding Chief Executive of Scottish Screen. Archer is the producer of the feature documentary Women Make Film (2019) which has recently had a special mention by The Hollywood Reporter in their round up at the TIFF festival. Other feature documentaries John has produced include The Story of Film which won the Peabody Award in 2014, Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress (2014), I Am Belfast (2015), Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise (2015), Arcadia (2017) and Make Me Up (2018). Archer was also executive producer of the film drama The Carer (2016). He co-directed and produced the documentary Accidental Anarchist (2017). He is now Managing Director of Hopscotch Films producing both drama and documentaries, winning both UK and Scottish BAFTAs and the Festival Prize from Florence’s Festival dei Popoli. He is also Chair of Independent Producers Scotland.
CHARLOTTE WONTNER
Charlotte Wontner has worked extensively across drama and documentary in film and television as a producer and in development. Charlotte produced the feature film The Carer (2016) starring Brian Cox, Emilia Fox and Anna Chancellor which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It won ‘best of the fest’ at both festivals and was nominated for the Scottish BAFTA’s and the Hungarian Film Awards. Her other features include Island (2011) starring Colin Morgan, Janet McTeer and Natalie Press and the $4million horror The Sick House (2008) starring Gina Philips. She is now co-founder of Hopscotch Films and has produced the shorts It’s Not You It’s Me (2001) which was short-listed for BAFTA and nominated for the Turner Classic Movie Awards 2001, Shrink (2003) and A Fairy Story (2002) which was selected for "Critics Week" at the Cannes Film Festival and short-listed for the Academy Awards. Amongst her documentary work she has production managed Clara Glynn's four-part series for BBC2 Alan Clark's History Of The Tory Party (1997) and then went on to Associate Produce Clara's film Last Years’ Tories (1998) for C4's Cutting Edge.
 

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