Matt Sinclair - MA Screenwriting
Catch up with Matt Sinclair, who graduated from MA Screenwriting at London College of Communication in 2006. We hear what he's been up to since graduating while sharing some fond memories of his time at LCC.
What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?
I studied MA Screenwriting and graduated in 2006
Where are you from in the world?
I’m a Londoner but currently living by the seaside in Brighton
What are your fondest memories of LCC?
A positive environment, right in the heart of London. Being surrounded by 20+ people who all wanted the same thing: to learn and improve and become professional screenwriters. Or, in my case, an unprofessional screenwriter. The quality of the teaching staff was also exceptionally high.
What are you working at the moment?
I’ve just finished a pilot script for the Disney channel which is being filmed in Argentina - it is a Latin American/European co-production that will be released around Christmas across Disney’s different territories. If well received, it might be greenlit for a series. Or it might not, that’s the life of jobbing writer.
Name three things you couldn't be creative without:
BBC 6 music. Coffee. Deadlines.
If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be? (Or maybe you already have?).
I would really love to collaborate with some of my fellow alumni on a show. We’ve helped each other and developed our work for the last 10 years as friends, it would be great if we could work together on something and get paid. I’m sure it will happen.
Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:
Ideally, I want to have my own original series. It would also be great to be the ‘go to’ writer that everyone wants on their show. I have a long, long, long way to go on both of those ambitions but I’m working on it.
What drives you to succeed?
Fear of my house being repossessed by the Leeds & Yorkshire Building Society.
What three words would you use to best describe LCC?
Productive. Nurturing. Positive.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
It is a cliché but that’s because it’s true – you get out what you put in. Work hard, be tenacious, and you will be OK.
Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?
Farringdon and Clerkenwell. There’s such rich history in the place – from the pub where Karl Marx drank to Charles Dickens’ local to the site of a medieval priory where returning knights would pass on their way to and from the crusades (called the Jerusalem passage).