MATT TELFER

TUTOR/MENTOR

Matt was part of the National Theatre’s Directors’ Program, developing methods of storytelling with Fiona Shaw, Ken Campbell and Peter Gill, and later assisted the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director, notably at the Buckingham Palace/RADA gala showcasing Sally Hawkins.

He moved into film development, assessing novels including Cloud Atlas for adaptation for Miramax, Celador and Film Four, before joining the Channel 4 editorial team on the development of The Deal, Shameless and Pleasureland. During a stint at Granada, script editing The Stepfather and Jonathan Harvey’s Von Trapped, Matt went on to Lime, scouting new writers for Hollyoaks, running TV writer workshops at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and developing Sally Wainwright’s Bonkers for ITV as well as Jeanette Winterson’s Ingenious for CBBC and BBC 1.

As Development Producer for The Digital Fiction Factory, Matt managed multimedia ideas from inception to script and pitch stage with writers including Naomi Alderman, Malorie Blackman, Noel Clarke, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Michael Rosen. He joined start-up Buccaneer Media as Development Consultant on projects including ITV/Netflix’s Marcella, helping to foster ideas by Debby Moggach, Florian Zeller and Rory Mullarkey, and working closely with the Kevin Spacey Foundation to promote new screen talent. He sits on the BAFTA panel assessing youth drama and offers script advice to Euston Films.

MATT’S TOP WRITING TIP

My advice for writers is: CLARITY. Just because everything’s clear in your head doesn’t mean it is on the page. Discuss your story, scene by scene, with everyone you know. We all consume stories – on insta, in the news, at the cinema, on telly, in books – so everyone’s opinion is valid. If people are baffled, there’s a problem. Where something’s failing to pack a punch, it’ll either be because of the words you’ve chosen or the order you’re using them.