MasterClass with Kate Leys


Kate Leys is a script & story editor who works in feature films and TV drama. She works with a wide range of screenwriters, filmmakers and producers in the UK and internationally.

Recent completed productions include BENJAMIN by Simon Amstell, UK 2019; HOW TO FAKE A WAR by Rudolph Herzog, at Edinburgh Film Festival 2019; AMERICAN ANIMALS by Bart Layton, Sundance & worldwide 2018; PIN CUSHION by Deborah Haywood, which opened Critics Week at the Venice Film Festival in 2018; KINGDOM OF US, a feature doc, London Film Festival 2018 and on Netflix. BABY DONE for Piki Films in NZ is in currently in post; TORNADO for See-Saw Films will be in production in the Autumn.

TV drama series include THE VALHALLA MURDERS FOR Mystery Films and TrueNorth in Iceland; FIRST VICTIM in development in S Africa; JESUS CHRIST AIRLINES in development in Sweden and the UK; BABYLON by Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain for C4 in the UK; and HOFF THE RECORD, winner of best comedy International Emmy 2016.

Kate runs masterclasses and workshops at the UK’s National Film School, the London Film School and the University of Manchester, and she speaks regularly at events including Bafta, the London Comedy Film Festival, the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Arvon Foundation, the BFI, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Film London Microwave. She also works with advertising agencies and brands on storytelling; and she works with the Wellcome Trust where she helped to establish and now chairs a Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with the BFI and Film4.

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