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From Killing Eve to the Horror Genre - Stephen Cleary presents two talks in Dublin this month
22 Oct 2019 : News Desk
Stephen Cleary
Film Network Ireland host two screenwriting workshops in Dublin this week with one of the world’s leading authorities on writing for film and TV, Stephen Cleary.

The two talks include one on ‘Gender, Power and New Story Structures’, which takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd and Thursday, Oct. 24th, and a workshop on horror screenwriting with ‘Its Alive! Horror Screen Writing Workshop’, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26th and Sunday, Oct. 27th.

Both events will take place from 10 am to 6 pm in Dublin Business School, Balfe St, Dublin 2.

Gender, Power and New Story Structures (Oct 23rd&24th) 

Cleary makes particular reference to successful series such as Killing Eve and The Handmaid's Tale as well as films like Mrs. Miniver and Erin Brokivich among others while investigating the role of gender in storytelling. Stephen devised this brand new programme after working with female Scandinavian film and TV professionals on a number of diversity initiatives over the last 18 months. “This workshop is about characters who aren’t male and powerful. How do you dramatise their stories, those characters, to make them compulsive?"

Click here for more information about the event.

Its Alive! Horror Screen Writing Workshop (Oct 26th&27th) 

Of the story genres we have, Horror was probably the first to settle down to a form that even now, looking back thousands of years, we would recognize. It has deep roots, but it regenerates constantly. Horror was there at the birth of the movie. Horror powered the rise of commercial theatre in the 19th century, the first great moving picture, George Melies’ Trip to the Moon, was a phantasmagoric tale of Horror. And the rise of TV drama surfs a Horror wave, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Stranger Things and everything in between.

This workshop lays out what a writer, director, producer or developer needs to know about the Horror genre, from precisely how the writer scares their audience, to the common internal structure of most horror stories, to the nightmarish gallery of horror antagonists and how they resemble or differ from each other. Plus an in-depth dive into the enduring fascination of the ghost story.

Click here for more information about the event.

About Stephen:

Stephen is a TV and Film professional with over twenty years working as a feature producer, TV producer/director, educator, consultant and screenwriter. He has developed over 60 feature films many of which have won international festival prizes including the Oscar-nominated and Emmy winning documentary What Happened Miss Simone and Sweet Country winner of the Venice Golden Lion in 2017.

He was Head of Development at the UK’s national film Agency, British Screen, for five years and also worked with the South Australian Film Corporation From 2016 to 2017 he ran a TV drama series development initiative for Canal Plus Europe and from 2015 to 2017 he was senior consultant of the Danish Film Institute and Nordic Film Fund’s Polar Bear initiative. Previously he ran Arista, Europe’s largest private story development agency for 11 years.

Currently, he is an adjunct professor at the film school of the Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne and a regular lecturer at the Danish Film School, the National Film School of the UK and AFTRS on all aspects of story development. He is also a story consultant and occasional screenwriter. You will find more detailed information about Stephen on the event pages above.

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