Andy Amfo

Andy’s writing is characterised by its honesty and perceptiveness that transports readers to intricately detailed worlds inhabited by larger-than-life characters. Raised in London, Andy finds inspiration in the city’s vibrant culture, which now serves as a rich tapestry for his storytelling. He deftly infuses his work with an authenticity born of personal experience, while allowing his boundless imagination to soar. Andy’s unique voice promises to be a beacon of originality.

JULIAN UNTHANK

Julian has held a variety of jobs from boy soldier, to movie animal trainer, before studying at Bournemouth Film School and pursuing a career in screenwriting.

He’s the writer and creator of Acorn TV’s Emmy™ nominated QUEENS OF MYSTERY, an off-beat, Amélie-esque style take on the traditional world of cosy crime, the second season of which was released on Acorn’s US and Global platforms in January 2022 before going on to be sold to dozens of international territories including Channel 5 in the UK.

A five season veteran of ITV’s worldwide hit DOC MARTIN, Julian is currently writing Season 2 of SUSPECT for Eagle Eye Productions and Channel 4 as well as developing and adapting several television shows for the UK and US, two of which already have international distributors attached, as well as developing his own feature script UNKNOWN FEMALE with US production company 87North and director David ‘Bullet Train’ Leitch.

He is the writer of the multi-award winning Oscar™ short-listed short LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT starring John Hurt, as well as being the writer of the zero award winning, 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, medieval slasher-fest SWORD OF VENGEANCE starring no one in particular.

 

Julian’s CV can be found here

STEPHEN WYATT

Stephen Wyatt is an award-winning writer for radio, theatre and television.

His television credits include Casualty and two Classic Doctor Who stories, Paradise Towers and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

He is the only writer to have won the Tinniswood Award for best original radio script twice – for Memorials to the Missing and Gerontius. His other original radio plays include Double Jeopardy and Strangers on a Film, two plays about Raymond Chandler in Hollywood with Patrick Stewart. He’s written monologues for Bernard Cribbins, Sian Philips and Dora Bryan while his many radio dramatisations include Vanity Fair, Sketches by Boz, Patricia Highsmith’s Complete Ripley and Dante’s The Divine Comedy.

His recent theatre work includes The Standard Bearer directed by Julian Sands (U.K., U.S., and European tour); Told Look Younger (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Loves of Venus and Mars and The Loves of Pygmalion (U.K., European tour) and Look Up at the Stars (Waterloo East Theatre).

Publications include: The World and His Wife, a historical novel about the long-running marital battle between the best-selling Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton and his wife Rosina, a book of short stories, The Wallscrawler and Brian Desmond Hurst on Film (with Caitlin Smith).

LIAM O’BRIEN

Liam’s desire to be a writer can be traced back to the moment that, aged five, his parents explained to him that Thunderbirds wasn’t a factual documentary but was actually a made-up story written by clever people from the 1960s. From that day on, watching countless films and TV shows has been his “research” to work out how to tell a good story, and not just an excuse to get out of the washing up.

Liam now creates TV and movie scripts full of lovable characters, witty dialogue and fast-paced, entertaining stories. He writes in a room where Luke Skywalker, Batman and every incarnation of The Doctor keep an eye on him.

RICHARD MEWIS

Having re-written and polished TV and feature-film scripts as a successful TV and feature-film script editor and producer, Richard was encouraged by many in the know to write in his own work. He secured his first on-screen credit on a BBC drama, which was watched by more than six million people and starred Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard and Dougray Scott, and has since written a number of features, returning drama series and comedy dramas.

NIALL LEONARD

During his 30 years in the business, Niall has had a hand in British TV classics, such as Monarch of the Glen, Wire in the Blood, Wild at Heart and Hornblower. He wrote the Crusher trilogy of novels and the screenplays for the international blockbusters Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

His novel M, King’s Bodyguard is a gripping thriller about one detective’s mission to preserve the life of his king and prevent a bloody war in Europe. Published by Parthenon in 2021.

Niall has gained a reputation for being fast, funny, flexible and passionately committed to his material – or as some script editors might put it, an argumentative PITA. If you want an original, skewed and irreverent approach to your project, call Val and see if he’s available. If you want an easy life, she has lots of other good writers too…

KIT HESKETH-HARVEY

1957 – 2023

MUCH LOVED

Kit wasn’t a bad person, he just liked to make people cry. As a cathedral chorister at Canterbury, he realised that hard work made art, and art made people cry. He wrote from that moment, and has not only produced reams of award-winning scripts, but performed and directs too.

Kit wrote from the comfort of his bed, in a Barbara Cartland style, but believed in the power of hard graft. It’s a winning formula that has resulted in the Biennale award for Maurice, the Vivian Ellis for Orlando, a Grammy nomination for The Bartered Bride, Writer of the Year for IPC, the Prix Marulic for A la Villa Bab Azzoun and Olivier nominations for Kit and the Widow.

 

OBITUARIES

The Guardian
The Scotsman
The Telegraph
Operawire
The Times
The Stage

JOE ALEXANDER

A writer and director based in London, Joe’s first feature screenplay, written with long-time collaborator Andy Amfo, appeared on the Brit List. He currently has two shows in  development – one with Lionsgate and Further South, the other with Ringside Productions.

Outside of the film industry, Joe is currently working on his debut novel and has had short stories published in magazines and anthologies.