Jonathan Hall – MA Screenwriting

MA Screenwriting alumni, Jonathan Hall, shares advice and warm memories from his time at LCC and tells us about his recent professional achievement working on and completing his first feature film - SOLO!

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

MA Screenwriting – graduated 2006.

Where are you from in the world?

I’m a Londoner, but I now live in Spain.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

I particularly remember some extraordinary lectures – Road Trip Movies stands out, some wonderful workshops where, within the group, great leaps forward were made, and Kelly Marshall analysing TRANS AMERICA for us in real time.

What are you working at the moment?

I’ve just made a feature film – my first – called SOLO!  

It’s low budget, but wildly ambitious and joyful, in English, with lots of original music, filmed last year in the delightful Spanish mountain village where I now live.  

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

A pad and paper (old-school) for the original idea, my Mac/Final Draft software (for actual scriptwriting), and a martini (for afterwards). 

If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?

The extraordinary Aaron Sorkin – he wrote (among others) THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, A FEW GOOD MEN, and the peerless WEST WING. Watching anything by him makes me feel cleverer.

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:

It would be lovely, on the back of SOLO! to make relationships with Sales Agents and Post Production houses that would make my next film easier to finance; the script is already written (it’s called ELEMENTAL – three generations of the same family on safari).

On the other hand, if SOLO! enjoys any market success, maybe there should be a SOLO! 2… 

What drives you to succeed?

I love stories, love story-telling, and love screen stories. Simple.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Inspirational, dedicated, well-connected.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

You may never again enjoy the company of fellow writers where no one has an agenda except to improve their project, and to improve yours. If the course only teaches one thing (it actually teaches many, many things) it’s the importance of collaboration. 

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

The top of Primrose Hill. In fact, I’d recommend dog-walking on Primrose Hill if not as the finest source of inspiration, then the best activity for plot-problem-solving.


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