James Dormer – MA Screenwriting

We catch up with MA Screenwriting alumni, James Dormer, who shares memories of his time at LCC and reveals what has been keeping him busy since. Along the way, he imparts advice for budding screenwriters and students.

What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?

I studied MA Screenwriting and graduated about 2006.

Where are you from in the world?


What are your fondest memories of LCC?

The VHS library of old films and TV shows. Back then some of the early Hitchcock films were very hard to get hold off. And the day an industry guest told me Joe Phillips would be a great agent for a new writer.

What are you working at the moment?

At the moment, I’m helping over-write season two of MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE which goes out on Netflix and may show run season three. I’m also developing a retelling of the T. E. Lawrence story for the BBC and show about Special Ops veterans fighting poachers in South Africa.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

Nothing is essential but… my laptop, Final Draft programme and magic whiteboard sheets.

If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be? (Or maybe you already have?).

TV and film are all about creative collaboration so I’ve already worked with so many and learned so much. So far highlights have been working with William Hurt and Frank Spotnitz and the day the George Pelecanos followed me on Twitter. It’s an impossible dream but I would love to work with Ridley Scott.

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:

To keep working. Keep learning. Keep improving.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

A treasure trove.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Find your own way; don’t be afraid to learn from those who have already passed that way.

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?

The right-hand corner of Richmond Green. The house there by the railway track was the home of the playwright and screenwriter Robert Bolt.



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