Taking place at Curzon cinemas in Mayfair and Soho, 2019 is the tenth year of BAFTAs annual series. 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-winning screenwriter Jeremy Brock, the series is supported by JJ Charitable Trust.
Four-time BAFTA winner Pedro Almodóvar is not just one of Spain's finest filmmakers but a beautiful chronicler of Spain's transition from military dictatorship to the wild democracy of La Movida to the present day.
Having written all twenty-one of his features to date (including 2019's highly autobiographical Pain & Glory), Almodóvar has distinguished himself as someone willing to tackle radical stories in a non-judgemental, compelling forms.
From melodrama to high comedy by way of sober character drama, this promises to be an intimate conversation with the writer-director of All About My Mother, Talk to Her and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
Saturday 30 November 3.30pm | Curzon Mayfair
With four features to her name, Céline Sciamma is already deservedly seen as one of the world's top writer-directors.
Able to connect closely to women's experience, she is equally able to bring empathetic life to a gender non-conforming child (Tomboy), a black girl gang in the banlieue (Girlhood) or two women keening with desire in the eighteenth century (her latest Cannes-prize winning script for Portrait of a Lady on Fire).
The infinitely wise and witty writer-director will be talking through her career, which ranges from animated films to TV series to feature films.
Monday 2 December 6.15pm | Curzon Soho
Noah Baumbach both in his eleven features and as a co-writer on Wes Anderson's projects has a sharp ear for the everyday cruelties that pass between those who are intimate.
Having broached increasingly personal material with his parents' divorce breakthrough The Squid & The Whale, 2019's Marriage Story returns to the nakedly confessional, mining his own experiences of marital break-up.
Thursday 5 December 5.30pm | Curzon Soho
Only two films into his career Robert Eggers has marked himself out as a surprisingly distinctive voice both behind the camera and his meticulously researched scripts.
With 2015's The Witch he began took a closeted New England community and blended a domestic chamber drama into a supernatural horror.
With his upcoming two-hander The Lighthouse, arcane maritime slang mixes with terse Beckettian back and forth.
Saturday 7 December 6.00pm | Curzon Soho
Bong Joon-ho is one of the most distinctive voices in filmmaking today. Working in both English language and his native Korean, Joon-ho's films embrace genre conventions while playing with the form.
Already the most successful Palme d'Or winning film, his latest feature Parasite is coming to amaze UK audiences in February 2020. Ahead of its release, this is a rare chance to hear Joon-ho talk about playing with genre conventions and making films outside your home territory and tongue.
Thursday 12 December 6.15pm | Curzon Soho
On 12 February 2017 The British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognised Curzon with an award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Philip Knatchbull, CEO of Curzon, said: “I’m delighted that Curzon's contribution to film has been recognised by BAFTA. Curzon has a long and proud history in the British film industry and many talented and passionate people have contributed to its success story over the years. We think of ourselves as champions of bold and visionary filmmaking from around the world supported by our growing network of cinemas and home cinema digital platforms.”
Dame Pippa Harris, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “For over 80 years, Curzon has provided the British public with unforgettable cinema experiences, while championing independent, art house and foreign language film making. I would like to thank everyone at Curzon for their extraordinary contribution to our industry, and for their unwavering commitment to bringing the very best in film to audiences across the UK.”