100 Streets to Success: Meet Screenwriter Leon Butler

Meet Leon Butler. He convinced Idris Elba to star in his debut feature film script '100 Streets', a complex, multi-layered drama set in South West London. The involvement of Elba then helped secure the £3m funding for the film.

How did he do it? And what has he learned on this, his very first outing in screenwriting, especially as we are all told that drama is such a difficult sell?

There will be coffee and danish and an opportunity to network with screenwriters, filmmakers and producers ahead of the talk.

 

When: Jan 20th, 8:15am breakfast and networking, 9am talk
Where: Hogan Lovells (details HERE)

How much: £18.75

Event ends at 10am

 

Ahead of this session you can download the shooting script for 100 Streets and read it. Leon has since completed two further feature film scripts, for which he has already raised development funding.

In this candid and inspiring session we will be discussing...

  • The commercial challenges of drama v genre
  • How to attract cast to your script and why it's essential
  • The specific challenges of lower budget, yet still entry level, production levels (in this case £3).

Following the chat with Leon, lawyers from Hogan Lovells will be giving a short presentation on how to protect your script and will be available for questions.


This Breakfast Club is hosted and supported by the lovely people at Hogan Lovells International LLP.


‘A very inspiring morning with lots of valuable information... Looking forward to the next one - particularly as the cooked breakfast was so good!’
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Dean Craig’s screenwriting career has taken the sort of trajectory many dream of. From working as a runner… to getting his first feature, Caffeine, produced… to his script Death at a Funeral being made not once, not twice, but THREE times (in the UK, USA and India).

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