Robert Klecha – MA Screenwriting

Born in South London, Robert Klecha graduated from the MA Screenwriting course at London College of Communication in 2013 – and now works as a screenwriter for TV and film.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

The all-day classes every Thursday. From breaking into small workshops and discussing each other’s work, to interesting guest speakers and even leaving the building to follow random members of the public on character exercises – they were intense and enjoyable. The drink with classmates at the end of the day was always a welcome highlight too.

What are you working at the moment?

I’m working with a studio in LA on a potential graphic novel adaptation for feature film and with a couple of studios in London developing various TV projects. It’s all exciting genre stuff: thrillers, horrors and science fiction.

If you could have been a writer for any film ever made which would it be?

There are lots of classics, but I’d probably go with something more contemporary. Moon is incredible. Very subtle and smart storytelling, I’d have loved to be part of that. Perhaps even the first Matrix film or The Truman Show. They all play with themes and genres I love. Equally Who Framed Rodger Rabbit is one of my favourite films and I think an example of wonderful writing.

What three things couldn't you be creative without?

Self-belief, determination and coffee… that’s about all you need. Not sure if coffee is essential though.

If you could work on any TV show past or present, which would it be?

Breaking Bad. I found it such gripping television that had me hooked from start to finish. That in itself is a sign of skilled storytelling. Also the character transformation across the series and the moral questions raised were at a level not commonly seen in other shows.

What are your future plans and ambitions?

My first ambition is to get a big budget film or TV production under my belt. From there I’m aiming high. Ultimately, I’d like a long list of credits on IMDB of original concepts I’ve created and had produced.

What drives you to succeed?

I couldn’t really tell you – I just want to write well. Each time I start a new project I want it to be better than the last. I want to have learned something and have improved. I want people to read what I’ve written and be entertained. I guess I’ve got an opportunity to do something I enjoy for a living and I want to make sure I don’t miss it.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Fun, supportive and informative.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Work hard! If you want to be a professional screenwriter, that’s the basis on which everything else is built.

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

I normally head to the BFI on the Southbank when I’m in need of inspiration.