26/27 . 03 . 2022


PRICE: 499GBP (325GBP Until 23rd of March)





Tony Grisoni worked in many different areas of film making before turning to screenwriting. QUEEN OF HEARTS, 1989 was his award winning first feature directed by Jon Amiel. He has worked closely with a number of directors since, including Michael Winterbottom, John Boorman, Sean Durkin and Marc Munden, and has co-written with Terry Gilliam (FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, 1998 TIDELAND, 2005 and that ship of fools - THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, 2018.)

In 2001, Tony Grisoni made the trek along the people smugglers' route from the Pakistan/Afghan border, through Iran and Turkey to Europe with the director, Michael Winterbottom. The resulting film, IN THIS WORLD, won the 2002 Berlinale Golden Bear.

BROTHERS OF THE HEAD, 2005 adapted from the novella by Brian W. Aldiss. Grisoni collaborated with Simon Channing Williams of Potboiler Films, and Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe (directors of LOST IN LA MANCHA, 2002) to write and co-produce.

RED RIDING, 2009 adapted from the David Peace Yorkshire Noir novels. Directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker, and produced by Andrew Eaton at Revolution Films for Channel 4. "Red Riding is a deeper pool than The Godfather, but it doesn't encourage swimming." - David Thomson, Murder in the North - The New York Review of Books

THE UNLOVED, 2009 was Samantha Morton's directorial debut which won BAFTA - Best TV Single Drama. Produced by Kate Ogborn and Michael Elliott for Revolution Films and C4.

SOUTHCLIFFE, 2013 was an original 4-part drama for Channel 4, directed by Sean Durkin and produced by Peter Carlton and Derrin Schlesinger of Warp Films. "A spellbinding and terrifying piece of television storytelling."
THE YOUNG POPE, 2016 by Paolo Sorrentino starring Jude law. Co-writer and executive producer.

CRAZY DIAMOND, 2017, was one of the Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams anthology directed by Marc Munden and starring Steve Buscemi, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Julia Davis & Joanna Scanlan. "...a clean, perfectly mown world, where everything's fine and nice..."

THE CITY & THE CITY, 2018, is a 4 part BBC 2 drama based on the novel by China Mieville. The City and the City features David Morrissey, Mandeep Dhillon, Lara Pulver, Christian Camargo and Maria Schrader and was directed by Thomas Shankland for Mammoth Screen.

VANISHED - A VIDEO SEANCE, 1999 was made in collaboration with performance artist and poet, Brian Catling. "...genre busting - an encounter between mainstream movie story telling and the art avant-garde..." - Jonathan Romney. He and Catling have gone to make other pieces for galleries and together hosted the annual celebration of the absurd, CABARET MELANCHOLIQUE (RIP).

Other artists he has collaborated with include Oona Grimes, Dryden Goodwin and Marcia Farquhar.

Grisoni has also written and directed a number of short films including the BAFTA nominated KINGSLAND #1 The Dreamer, 2008, SYNCING featuring Peter Capaldi, 2009, the award-winning THE PIZZA MIRACLE, 2010 and THE SANDS OF VENUS, 2019.

Tony Grisoni is co-writing and co-producing MARLOW, an original TV series for BritBox developed with Simon Maxwell. MARLOW is a trippy crime epic set in the bleak and strange flatlands of the Thames Estuary and will star Claire Foy. He is also writing an adaptation of Norman Lewis’s NAPLES ’44 detailing the violence and the beauty of a city in post World War II chaos. The series is to be directed by Iain Softley and produced by Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Films.

Tony Grisoni experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB.


The workshop will focus on a diversity of topics on the craft of Screenwriting. You will have the chance to not only hear from Tony Grisoni, but also interact in a very direct way, as the group will have up to 25 participants.

* Tony will spend time on what Antoine le Bos of Le Groupe Ouest calls "pre-writing” - a way into your project. This is a return to basics. Storytelling does not need to involve a laptop. Storytelling is a social activity - an audience creates the story. We shall explore new ways of thinking about narrative and character using theatre games, automatic writing, the Tarot and other methods.

* Tony will talk through in detail his experience of working on 4 different kinds of film:
1.The film, IN THIS WORLD, and KINGSLAND which draw from, and are guided by first hand accounts.
2. Adaptation: THE RED RIDING QUARTET, THE CITY AND THE CITY and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. Tony's specific experience of adaptation.
3. Original material: QUEEN OF HEARTS, the TV series, SOUTHCLIFFE.
4. The art film. Writing and making film on no budget. Stirring the cauldron.

* Tony will discuss the history the making and the release of these films and television programmes, with clips to illustrate. He will discuss the creative act, working relationships and the business.

The weekend will be - in part - a conversation where we exchange experiences and thoughts on screenwriting and filmmaking. The floor will be open at all times for participation, but there will also be sections where the participants will be very actively involved using their own material.

The workshop is designed to Screenwriters, Script Editors, Directors, Producers, Film Students, and anyone with the interest in screenwriting.

London UK

Duration: 2 days
Dates: 26th - 27th of March 2022
Location: London UK
Price: 499GBP (325GBP Until 23rd of March)
Maximum number of participants: 25
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