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  • The Insider Interviews LIVE runs regularly from the BFI and other locations. (Get up to date venue information here).
  • Join us for Q & As and networking drinks with major industry figures.
  • Places at events often sell out – reserve seats for you and your colleagues today!

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Tim Bevan of Working Title Films appears at The Insider Interviews LIVE, March 2017

 2018 Calendar & Previous Featured Guests

  • Monday 26th February 2018 – Duncan Heath, Independent Talent Group
  • Monday 26th March 2018 – Ben Roberts, Director, BFI Film Fund
  • Monday 30th April 2018 – Oliver Parker, Writer-Director
  • Tuesday 26th June 2018 – Talent Connector: LIVE (for OVERDRIVE members only)
  • Monday 30th July 2018 – Andrew Orr, Film Sales & Financing Expert
  • Monday 24th September 2018 – Beth Pattinson, former Amazon & BBC Films exec
  • Monday 29th October 2018 – Simon Heath, CEO, World Productions
  • Monday 26th November 2018 – Dominic Minghella, Writer-Producer
  • Monday 17th December 2018 – Guest TBC


Check out our image gallery of previous attendees here.



The IILs are USUALLY held at the BFI Southbank. Precise event location is emailed to attendees moments after ticket purchase (please check junk mail). The networking drinks afterwards take place nearby, afterwards.

PLEASE NOTE: The 30th April event with Oliver Parker is an Overdrive members only event at an alternative venue.


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When, Who and What Time?

All Insider Interviews start promptly at 7pm. Please arrive by 6.45pm to allow you time to grab a drink and a seat without disturbing the event. The compere for the evening will commence the questions to give you a full picture of the guest’s background and then it will be open to the floor for attendees to quiz the speaker. Networking drinks follow the Q & A.

Get up to date venue information over on the Events section of our Facebook Page, here.

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THE CROWN producer Faye Ward appears at the series in 2017.

The history of The Insider Interviews LIVE

The Insider Interviews began back in 2010, originally as a series of online interviews, and then evolved to become a monthly Q & A series hosted in central London. Here are just some of the stellar professionals we’ve featured…

– Hossein Amini, DRIVE
– Tom Hiddleston, THE AVENGERS, THOR
– Gareth Unwin, THE KING’S SPEECH
– Stuart Hazeldine, THE SHACK, EXAM
– David Scinto, SEXY BEAST
– Nick Marston, Curtis Brown Group

If you missed them, you can listen to these interviews, and more, here.

Now, we’re bringing the series to a venue near you, every month. There’s a Q & A with our esteemed guest where they share their career story, experiences and advice, and then we open the floor to audience questions, so you can ask what matters most to you. Finally, there’s networking drinks and a chance to mingle with our guest and other attendees.

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Iconic producer Caryn Mandabach appears at The Insider Interviews LIVE in December, 2017.



– Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Under 16s need to be accompanied by a paying adult.

– What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
All information regarding the location of the BFI Southbank can be found, here. Please note tickets to the events are comprised of seated and standing places. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

– What can/can’t I bring to the event?
You are not permitted to bring alcohol with you.  Definitely worth bringing your notebook / tablet to jot down valuable advice and tips from our speakers.  We would also advise bringing business cards with you – this is a great networking opportunity. You cannot bring food into the venue, but can purchase it from the bar/restaurant afterwards during networking drinks.

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Producer Ollie Madden

– Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

– What is the refund policy?
Once booked, no refunds are possible, although in exceptional circumstances you may be permitted to move your booking to another IIL date.

– Who can – and cannot – attend?
Writers, producers, directors, agents, executives and all other miscellaneous film and TV professionals are able to attend. For reasons that are probably obvious(!) we reserve the right to politely decline entry and deliver a swift refund to script consultants, script editors and other parties where a conflict of interest is potentially in play. Going wider, we ultimately reserve the right to refuse entry and deliver a prompt refund to any individual at our own discretion.

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producer Robert Jones

Previous Insider Interviews LIVE Guests

  • Tuesday 23rd June 2015 – Scott Free executive Aaron Anderson
  • Wednesday 29th July 2015 – Producer Andy Brunskill
  • Monday 28th September 2015 – Head of Film & TV, Shoebox Films Ed Clarke
  • Wednesday 21st October 2015 – Lit Agent at The Agency, Tanya Tillett
  • Tuesday 17th November 2015 – Lit Agent at Independent, Humphrey Elles-Hill
  • Tuesday 26th January 2016 – Bradley Quirk, Head of Development, Altitude
  • Tuesday 23rd February 2016 – Caroline Harvey, Producer, Ex Mirage
  • Wed 23rd March 2016 – Celine Haddad, Talent Development, Creative England
  • Monday 18th April 2016 – Alexandra Rossi, Producer, Ex Paramount Pictures
  • Monday 23rd May 2016 – Nisha Parti, Producer, Parti Productions
  • Monday 20th June 2016 – Paul Webster, Shoebox Films
  • Wednesday 20th July 2016 – Michael Kuhn, producer, Qwerty Films
  • Wednesday 28th September 2016 – Jeremy Baxter, Riverstone Pictures
  • Wednesday 19th October 2016 – Colin Vaines, producer
  • Wed 23rd November 2016 – Sarah Radclyffe, producer
  • Mon 12th December 2016 – Rebecca O’Brien, prod at Sixteen Films
  • Mon 16th Jan 2017 – Emily Leo, prod, UNDER THE SHADOW
  • Mon 27th Feb 2017 – Camille Gatin, prod, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
  • Mon 13th Mar 2017 – Tim Bevan, prod, Working Title Films
  • Monday 24th April 2017 – Stuart Hazeldine, writer-director, EXAM, THE SHACK
  • Monday 22nd May 2017 – Ollie Madden, prod, Kudos Film & TV
  • Monday 24th July 2017 – Matt Orton, screenwriter
  • Monday 21st August – Robert Jones, producer, The Fyzz
  • Monday 18th September 2017 – Rhodri Thomas, prod, The Ink Factory
  • Monday 23rd October 2017 – Faye Ward, prod, Fable Pictures
  • Monday 20th November 2017 – Andy Paterson, Archer Street Films
  • Monday 11th December 2017 – Caryn Mandabach, prod, Mandabach TV

32 reviews for The Insider Interviews LIVE

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katy (verified owner)

    I was very pleased to get a seat at the interview with Tanya Tillett. have been working on a script so I wanted to find out how to go about trying to get it noticed by an agent. Tanya not only gave us some anecdotes about her life and career but the Q&A provided a further insight in to how to gain traction for your script .

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cindy (verified owner)

    Aaron Anderson was a very good speaker and I found it easy to relate to what he said. His work is predominantly on UK films and I’ve seen both Made in Dagenham and Brighton Rock, so I was able to appreciate a lot of what he said. Most writers think that big Hollywood blockbusters are the best thing to do, but the films that Aaron have been involved with have more depth and more feeling to them. I was even able to ask a question at the end, which was a great feeling for me. I’m so glad that I can revisit this interview whenever I want via this site.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Helen (verified owner)

    Before I attend an event I like to do my homework and find out all I can about the work of the interviewee. Bradley Quirk was my first event and no exception. I knew very little about Altitude so I checked out some of their work and found they have produced some very good and often not so well known films. The Q&A at the end produced some very interesting questions. I was just a little disappointed that some attendees like to think they are there to ask all the questions and stopped others from spending time with Bradley. Not the fault of the organisers obviously, who do a marvellous job.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Liam (verified owner)

    Having just signed up for these interviews, I’m now spending many a happy hour going through the transcripts and recordings of previous interviews. As soon as I saw ‘Ealing Studios’ I had to check out the interview with Sophie Meyer. I was brought up on Ealing Comedies and my script will be a comedy one. As co-producer of St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend Of Fritton’s Gold it’s wonderful to see the tradition of these films carried on and brought up to date. I found her story fascinating and the secrets about the film world were surprising too. My only regret is that I don’t live locally. Being retired I have the time to get to London but it adds to the expense of the evening. That said, I’ll get there as often as I can!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lauren (verified owner)

    I’ve just re listened to the interview with Gareth Unwin and its still one of my favourites. I’m a huge Colin Firth fan so needless to say The Kings Speech is one of my favourite films. This interview gave us a lot of information about Gareth and how he got his job. The Q&A, which i always enjoy, was as interesting now as it was the first time. My only bugbear with the series is that there are a lot of film and TV companies. While this isn’t a bad thing, there are those who may be looking for interviews with more literary agents.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joey (verified owner)

    April had to be my favourite interview. Alexandra Rossi and his experience with Paramount Pictures was pure gold. The company behind 13 Hours and Star Trek Beyond – I just knew I was in for a good evening. I haven’t made it to the May event because of a late meeting but the next one is firmly marked on my calendar.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike (verified owner)

    I attended the Ed Clarke event and had a really good time, and having heard that Shoebox films are making The Ruins, I’m booked in to the Paul Webster event in June, too.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kriss (verified owner)

    The Celine Haddad event was awesome. Such a candid speaker. The networking afterwards was great too. Being hypercritical I’d say £14 is a little steep for an event like this but overall I’d say they’re well worth it.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jake (verified owner)

    Attended the Alexandra Rossi event and really enjoyed it. Was great to meet her afterwards too.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steven (verified owner)

    I attended the Alexandra Rossi interview recently, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Having worked at Paramount for a long time I found her insights into the studio system fascinating, and the fact that I was able to chat to her informally for 10 minutes afterwards made the £14 investment totally worthwhile. Looking forward to attending more Insider Interviews in the future.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dave (verified owner)

    I have booked for all the interviews, having just seen the one with Andy Brunskill. As an up and coming production company it’s great to know what the current trends are and how to use your experience to progress in the industry. My only bugbear is that they are all in London. Even one a year outside the capital would be a plus.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Richie (verified owner)

    Caroline Harvey has been involved with some of my favourite films, including the COLD MOUNTAIN and THE INTERPRETER. It was wonderful to hear the advice she had and to hear about her work and experiences. The best bit for me was the Q & A at the end when she got to relax and answer our questions. Great event.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma (verified owner)

    I attended the Q & A with Celine Haddad and thought she, and the event in general, was absolutely fantastic. I had a good chance to speak to her after the interview, and she was super-friendly, insightful and encouraging. I’m away for a while from June but already booked my place at the Jeremy Baxter event later in the year.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kat (verified owner)

    It’s hard to criticise these interviews. Excellent value for money and always the guarantee of an entertaining evening with the opportunity to learn more about the writing world. While I have enjoyed all the interviews so far, I found Humphrey Elles-Hill to be the most informative.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lee (verified owner)

    A good variety of speakers. It’s good to have information from all different areas of the writing process. David Scinto was a particularly interesting interview for me. He has a very similar style to mine so I felt what he had to say particularly applied to me.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Connor (verified owner)

    Each of these interviews is a little gem. I’ve booked for the whole set. Even if I miss a few, it’s still excellent value for money. My first interview was the one with Bradley Quirk. I was very impressed by that one so I know I’ve got a lot to look forward to.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sue (verified owner)

    Very much looking forward to the interview with Jeremy Baxter in September and eagerly waiting to see who else will be being interviewed as well. So far every one I’ve attended has given me something new and offered a point of difference.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Samantha (verified owner)

    I attended the interview with Caroline Harvey a little while ago and it was fantastic. Mirage were such a great company, so the interview was full of wonderful stories and some real insights into the industry. It was great to chat to Caroline afterwards, too.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim (verified owner)

    Listening to Aaron Anderson telling us about his interesting and varied career was my introduction to these interviews. Always informative I am always left amazed by the varied experiences that all the speakers have had. As a writer they are often filled with inspirational material. As someone interested in other people, they are simply a very pleasant experience. I hope to attend many more.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jen (verified owner)

    How lovely to see an interview with the wonderful Tom Hiddleston just before he became a household name. Listening to him then and seeing his subsequent rise to fame really does show what you can achieve if you put your mind to it. There’s a really good selection of interviewees and I’m very much looking forward to attending the forthcoming ones.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve (verified owner)

    I’ve attended a few interviews now and I’m very impressed with the standard. Always a quality speaker with plenty of useful, and very interesting, career experience to share. The one that stands out for me so far is the interview with Ben Wheatley. Such an interesting director and it left me wanting more.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alice (verified owner)

    My first interview was with Humphrey Elles-Hill. I’d been trying to find an agent with little success, hardly surprising for my first novel. I listened with great interest to what Humphrey had to say and kept on trying. Hearing what he looks for in a script and more importantly, what he doesn’t, was a real help.

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sam (verified owner)

    First interview I checked out was the one with Nick Marston. First hand knowledge from an agent in the right field was exactly what I needed. I’ve looked ahead and booked other interviews too. A few author interviews would be nice as well.

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Andy (verified owner)

    So glad I found these interviews. It’s very motivating to hear from people who have succeeded in the world of film, television and writing. The interviews I’ve watched so far have all done just this. I’m also very much looking forward to the interview with Nisha Parti. Stumbling across a phenomenon like Harry Potter will be a story worth hearing I’m sure. If I have one grumble, and it’s my own preference, it’s that you watch the older interviews on You tube. I do understand that this is the commercially acceptable channel, but I have something of an aversion to it thanks to all the ads the like to throw at me.

  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ellie (verified owner)

    Nice to be able to see interviews we may have missed. Even nicer to see one with such a successful writer as Hossein Amini. ‘Snow White and the Hunstman’ is a brilliant film, and that’s the sort of thing all us budding writers aspire to. Hearing how he started and his story was interesting and certainly made it clear that you can succeed if you want to. One minor criticism – subtitles would be good for those of us who struggle to hear clearly.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah (verified owner)

    I missed the interview with Gareth Unwin, so the first thing I did was watch it on the catch up option. Listening to the producer of an Oscar winning film was simply inspiring. It does make you realise that with a little hard work anyone can succeed in the writing business. The right contact, the right break, and of course, the right script all help and I certainly got a lot out of listening to Gareth.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tom (verified owner)

    Just returned from my first interview with Alexandra Rossi. I always find interviews interesting and those that are involved in film or television are of particular interest. This was no exception with lots of wonderful anecdotes and plenty of advice designed to help the budding writer. My one problem was the time. It’s a little tricky getting to the venue when i don’t finish work until 6. Slightly later might be better.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raj (verified owner)

    I would have like to go to the Tom Hiddleston interview in person but at least I can still listen to it. I was insightful and I wonder how different it would be were he to be interviewed now. These have a good variety of speakers which provide good all round information about all aspects of writing.

  29. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dave (verified owner)

    While i did find Ed Clarke very interesting and very informative, it is hard for me to get to London. It would be nice for the odd interview to be somewhere else in the country. It is worth the trip as each interview provides a deeper insight in to the world of writing, but it can be costly too. Nice idea and helpful to any writer.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jack (verified owner)

    As someone looking to attract an agent, the interview with Tanya Tillett was one of the most interesting I’ve seen. Advice is all very helpful, but until you hear it from the horse’s mouth you don’t actually know what a literary agent will be looking for. I thought the evening was very well presented by Industrial Scripts, and many of the people there were more credible than a lot of the networking events I’ve been to.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victoria Carrington

    I handle all of Industrial Scripts’ live events, and would love to see you at one of our Insider Interviews evenings soon. They’re relaxed, informal meet ‘n’ greets, with fascinating speakers and a friendly, ambitious crowd. Space is strictly limited so if you’d like to come on down, advance booking is strongly recommended. We look forward to seeing you soon! Victoria

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Industrial Scripts

    Our Insider Interviews series goes live! We enjoyed a great night at our opening event with Scott Free executive Aaron Anderson, with many more to follow. So reserve your seat, and come on down for a few drinks once a month and network with your fellow script developers.

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