Peter Straughan - On Adaptation

Posted: 18th May 2012

Join BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Straughan for a Northern Film & Media masterclass on adaptation at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on Thursday 07 June.


Gateshead-born Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, and Men Who Stare at Goats) will share insights into the creative process and challenges of adaptation in a conversation with Margery Bone, producer of Straughan’s recent directorial debut Gee Gee.


Drawing on Straughan’s experience in adaptation across a wide variety of media and source material – cinema, television, radio and theatre; novels, memoirs, stories and poetry – this clip-illustrated conversation will offer aspiring and established writers, filmmakers and creative producers of all kinds a leading practitioner’s invaluable first-hand advice.


The event will include audience Q&A where you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions.


When: Thursday 07 June. Registration and reception from 6.00 – 6.30pm; event from 6.30 – 8.00pm


Where: Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6QG.


Cost: tickets are priced £6, including booking fee and a glass of wine or fruit juice on arrival. Please note that payments are not refundable.


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Peter Straughan was born and raised on Tyneside, and began his career as a writer for stage and radio, notably as writer-in-residence at Newcastle's Live Theatre. Adaptations of Toby Young’s memoir How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008) and Jon Ronson’s The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) marked Straughan out as a major talent, and his work with Bridget O'Connor as co-writer of the screenplay for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) won a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination for the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay.


Margery Bone has been a creative producer for over ten years, including developing feature film slates, producing and raising finance for Thomas Thomas Films and Tomboy Films in London before establishing Bonafide Films in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Margery started her career working extensively as a freelancer in film and TV production and is highly trained in script development and well versed in international co production. Among her credits she has produced feature Shooters, starring Adrian Dunbar, Gerard Butler and Ioan Gruffydd (distributed by Universal in UK and Europe/Lionsgate in the US), as well as award winning shorts, TV/pilots and commercials.


This event is supported by Creative Skillset and European Regional Development Fund. Thanks also to Film4 for their involvement in the Film4ward initiative, from which the event stems.


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