The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced 2 November that the latest in their prestigious series of lectures by the world's leading screenwriters will feature screenwriters Mark Boal, Sean Baker, Edgar Wright, Dee Rees and Anthony McCarten in November.  

Now in its eighth edition, 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. The series is funded by JJ Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The creator of the series is BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jeremy Brock.

This year's lectures will begin with BAFTA and Oscar-winning American screenwriter, producer and journalist Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Detroit) at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London on Friday 17 November. Book Your Tickets here.

American writer-director Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project) will then take to the stage at BAFTA 195 Picadilly on Saturday 18 November. Book Your Tickets here.

BAFTA-winning British screenwriter, director and producer Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) will deliver his lecture on Sunday 19 November at BAFTA 195 Picadilly. Book Your Tickets here.

American writer-director Dee Rees (Bessie, Mudbound) will give her lecture on Thursday 23 November at a venue yet to be announced. Book Your Tickets here.

Concluding the series, BAFTA-winning New Zealand-born screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, The Darkest Hour) will deliver his lecture at BAFTA 195 Picadilly on Saturday 25 November. Book Your Tickets here.

Marc Samuelson, Chair of BAFTA's Film Committee said: “BAFTA's Screenwriters' Lecture Series offers a rare opportunity for practitioners and enthusiasts alike to gain insight into the craft of screenwriting. We're thrilled to welcome such a fantastic line up of stellar talent to the stage this year.”

Mariayah Kaderbhai, BAFTA's Film Programme Manager and programmer of the series said:  “The 2017 edition of the BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture Series brings together some of the most distinct voices in cinema today. Together our speakers boast a truly impressive range of credits, with the breadth and scope of their work covering some of the most momentous themes of our time. We look forward to sharing their insights with the public and their peers this month.”

Booking information:

Public tickets for all lectures will be available from 14:00 on Friday 3 November via the BAFTA website at

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 at