Analysis: Writing and Directing Episode One of a Major New TV series with Rowan Joffe


Meet Rowan Joffe, his latest major TV show, Tin Star (with BAFTA award winner Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) is a new ten-part series produced by Kudos for Sky Atlantic.

And you can watch the episode BEFORE it airs, and meet Writer / Director Rowan Joffe at the Breakfast Club at Pimms O’clock on July 28th.  

We start at 2:30 with 30 minutes of networking before sitting down for a cracking conversation with Rowan, and finally wrapping up by networking your way into the weekend.

When: Fri 28th July (2:30pm / Speaker at 3:00) // Where: Phoenix Artists Club, WC2H 8BU // How much: £10.00


Rowan Joffe is an award winning writer and director, whose directorial debut, Secret Life, was hailed as 'a masterpiece' by critics at both The Times and The Guardian.


His second directing project, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, won Rowan a BAFTA Award for Best Fiction Director 2009, as well as a host of award nominations, including nominations for Best Single Drama at both the BAFTAs and the RTS Awards.

In 2009, Rowan wrote and directed his film adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel, Brighton Rock which was released in 2011.


Also known for 28 Weeks Later, the cracking sequel to Danny Boyle’s fast paced zombie thriller 28 Days Later, his quietly intense adaptation of The American starring George Clooney and Before I Go to Sleep starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, another adaptation that he both wrote and directed.


'Rowan was unbelievably candid. He really wanted us to learn from his mistakes, and was very critical of himself but in a way that we could learn from'

Guy Mannerings, Screenwriter


Meet Stuart Hazeldine

Interviewing Rowan will be renowned screenwriter and director Stuart Hazeldine whose hit movie (based on the bestseller) ‘The Shack’ just took nearly $100m since release last May. Stuart's produced credits include 'Exam', 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' and 'Knowing' with Nicholas Cage as well as a string of as yet unproduced projects for directors and studios including Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. He knows his shit and you can bet the conversation will be an eye opener. 


Read the shooting script

Ahead of watching the first episode, you can also download and read the shooting script written by Rowan. You will be sent download links after you get your pass for the event.

Watch The Episode With Our Private 'Screener'

Courtesy of SKY Atlantic, we are delighted to share the very first episode of Tin Star with all attendees who sign up so you can have a sneak peek of what promises to be another outstanding new UK drama with killer cast and a master story teller at the helm. 

Tin Star tells the story of Jim Worth (Roth) who starts a new life with his beloved wife and children in the peace and quiet of the remote Rocky Mountains. The tranquillity is short-lived however, as the arrival of workers from a new oil refinery leads to a wave of drugs, prostitution and organised crime.


Shockingly, this coincides with the horrific murder of one of Jim's family.


His obsessive quest to find the truth behind this mysterious killing drives a revelatory story about love, corruption, grief and the all-consuming nature of revenge.


Reigniting behaviour from his dark past, his journey leads to a personal battle with a long-buried demon that will not just defeat his enemies but threatens to destroy those he loves most.

Make New Connections

And remember, aside from a great talk, you will also get the opportunity to ask Rowan questions after the session, enjoy a pre-weekend tipple or two and also network with other filmmakers and screenwriters just like you.


Get your pass to an outstanding networking opportunity and inspiring session below.


Get your pass here!

When: Fri 28th July (2:30pm / Speaker at 3:00) // Where: Phoenix Artists Club, WC2H 8BU // How much: £10.00

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Passion and Perseverance: Five things I learned from Vanessa Bailey about making a short film with zero experience.

By Dorothée Kuepers


So the London Breakfast Club had done it again. Once more, the Phoenix Artist Club was packed with writers and filmmakers eagerly awaiting the session on: ‘Writing, Producing, Funding and Shooting your short film,’ on a sunny Friday afternoon.


In this session, actress Vanessa Bailey, accompanied by her director, Chris Jones, told us with refreshing honesty how she achieved writing and making her first short film with no previous experience.


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