Script to Screen has announced Academy Award winning screenwriter David Seidler as one of the mentors for its inaugural Lab, which runs in early July. Seidler is best known for The King’s Speech, in part based on his own experiences (of having a stutter, not being heir to the English throne). He collected both Oscar and BAFTA awards for Original Script. Sticking with royalty, his next produced work will be Queen of Spades, adapted from a short story by Russian writer Alexander Pushkin.
Earlier this year, Seidler gave a keynote address at Animfx.
Seidler is the second international mentor announced for Script to Screen’s Lab, following Michael Goldenberg. A script advisor for Sundance Labs, Goldenberg is mostly known as a script writer for the sort of films that don’t often get made in NZ, franchise features. Goldenberg wrote the screenplays for Green Lantern, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Peter Pan. He has in train scripts for Wonder Woman and Artemis Fowl.
Applications for the Lab closed in late April. The Lab is run with the support of the NZWG and NZFC.