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Writing masterclasses at Galway Film Fleadh

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to host the screenwriters masterclass

The 24th Galway Film Fleadh, in association with Fás Screen Training Ireland, are delighted to announce that Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will be hosting this year’s Screenwriters Masterclass.

Since meeting at University, Alexander and Karaszewski have become one of the most successful Hollywood screenwriting teams. Following the critical and commercial success of Ed Wood, a passion project they wrote in just six weeks (and which was so good it prompted Tim Burton to drop out of directing Mary Reilly at the last minute) they have become the ‘go-to guys’ for ‘strange scripts about weirdos’.

The studios trusted them enough to give them creative control of their projects and they subsequently produced a series of compelling and critically-lauded ‘anti-biopics – movies about somebody who doesn’t deserve one – subversive, upside-down tales of an iconoclast fighting the establishment.’

First up was The People vs. Larry Flynt, directed by Miloš Forman, an unlikely hit about the titular pornography publisher-turned free speech advocate. This was followed by their second collaboration with the veteran Czech director, 1999’s Man on the Moon, a biopic of legendary comedian, entertainer and sometimes-wrestler Andy Kaufman which Entertainment Weekly rated as the best movie of the year and for which Jim Carrey won a Golden Globe for best actor. Next up was Auto Focus, Paul Schrader’s dramatic portrayal of the descent of affable TV star Bob Crane’s descent into Hollywood’s murky underbelly starring Willem Dafoe and Greg Kinnear.

Since then they have branched out into a variety of different genres including the Stephen King horror adaptation 1408 and hit children’s films Agent Cody Banks and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. The duo are set to return to their roots this year and are currently writing and directing another off-beat biopic, this time about celebrated painter Margaret Keane, in the Tim Burton-produced Big Eyes, starring Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon.

They continue to produce engaging work that transcends the traditional boundary between studio-produced Hollywood films and the more personal stories of indie cinema.

The Masterclass will take place on: Thursday the 12th of July (TBC) in the Radisson Hotel, Galway and will be facilitated by Mary Kate O’Flanagan.

To apply for a place, please go online at and register your details.

For further enquiries, contact Bronagh Keys at 091 562200 or email

Please note places are limited. Deadline for applications: Friday the 6th of July.

Masterclass in television writing and development

Television writing has seen a flowering in the last decade; arguably the most interesting and accomplished drama being produced today can be seen on the small screen. Lisa Albert, writer/producer on Mad Men and Ciaran Donnelly, producer/director on Titanic: Blood and Steel and Camelot and director on The Tudors and Neil McCarthy editorial consultant and senior vice-president of worldwide drama for Fremantle Media, give a masterclass on how to create great television drama.

They will be looking at how to create vivid characters and memorable scenes, how to communicate economically and visually and how television writing differs from writing for the big screen.

They will also examine why the best writers are gravitating towards television, how television and film can inform each other and will give practical advice on how Irish-based screenwriters and producers can look outside Ireland to get their work made.

There will be an opportunity for a Q & A session and five participants will also have a chance for a one-to-one meeting with Lisa Albert to receive feedback on an outline for a television series.

To apply for a one-to-one meeting, please send a one-page outline of your television series proposal to:

Please apply before July 3rd to be considered for the one-to-one meetings, which will take place on Friday 13th July 2012.

The masterclass will be facilitated by Mary Kate O’Flanagan.

The masterclass will take place on Thursday the 12th of July from 2.30pm – 5.30pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway and costs €50.

For further information or to apply for a place, contact Bronagh Keys at 091-562200 or email:

The closing date for applications is: Friday - the 6th of July

NB participants who wish to attend both screenwriting masterclasses (film and television) can do so at the rate of €75 for both (instead of €50 each).


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