The Script Factory is relaunching after a hiatus of nine years, and courses are set to start later in the year.
The Script Factory was launched by Charlotte Macleod and Lucy Scher in 1996, with Justine Hart joining in 2000. The primary purpose was to give advice to new writers and script editors about the realities of working in the film industry.
They staged live readings of unproduced screenplays, such as Steven Knight’s Dirty Pretty Things, which went on to net Knight an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. They also held masterclasses with an eclectic range of filmmakers, including Kathryn Bigelow, Andrea Arnold, Charlie Kaufman, Spike Lee and Wes Anderson.
Macleod and Hart are behind the new iteration. Scher sadly passed away in 2018.
The first event of the relaunched company took place at London’s Soho Theatre last week with a live reading of Sumo Girls, Scher’s final screenplay, which she co-wrote with Hart. Actress Kerry Fox narrated the story of Wales’s first accidental all-female wrestling team. It is in development with Footprint Films, and Jane Gull is attached to direct.
The Script Factory was also responsible for creating the first post-graduate diploma in script development with the National Film and Television School in 2004.
Mcleod said of the relaunch that “The Script Factory promises to inject some of its unique brand of enthusiasm, energy and generosity back into the development process,” said Macleod. “We never stopped receiving requests from writers and producers for our development services, so we decided to bring it back”.
You can find out more information about The Script Factory on its official website.
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