BellRock Creative Scotland Screenwriting Workshops led by Olivia Stewart is an intensive series of residencies and mentoring support for six writers and filmmakers per year and has run since 2016.

Olivia Stewart, the Workshop Director:

“Excellence and diversity has informed our selection of the writers and directors for BellRock and, through a series of individual and group sessions, masterclasses and general discussions, our aim is for the participants to realise the full potential of their vision.

Excellence has also been key to my involvement with the Scottish filmmaking community which started in 1985 and includes producing THE HOUSE OF MIRTH in Glasgow in 1999 and working with Scott Graham on the script for his film SHELL in 2009, so I too am delighted with the new opportunity that Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government have given us to bring to the international filmmaking community the talent and outward-looking diversity which reflects Scotland today.”

Ross McKenzie, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland:

Following the success of the two initial Bellrock Screenwriting Workshops in 2016 and 2016, which resulted in the projects being pitched to an industry panel during the Glasgow Film Festival in February 2017, we are delighted to be working again with Olivia Stewart, Ian Sellar, Alfredo Covelli and the team at Hospitalfield, to host the programme in its second year. The selection process was challenging due to the high quality of material submitted by a number of outstanding screenwriters based in Scotland. We are hugely excited by the final selection and look forward to reviewing the final screenplays developed over the course of the programme.”

Lucy ByattDirector of Hospitalfield:

“Hospitalfield is delighted to be hosting the BellRock Creative Scotland Screenwriting Workshops and using our infrastructure and networks to manage and deliver the programme. As a site, this beautiful house has over 150 years of history in supporting the development of ideas and skills in cultural fields and we have several existing literary connections which are born out in our collections and archives. Our situation works well as both as a meeting place and as a location for individual study; both are important elements of this programme.”


Olivia Stewart has extensive experience as a Producer, Mentor and Script Consultant. Her films include Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Long Day Closes, The Neon Bible and The House Of Mirth; Mark Herman’s Brassed Off; Mike Figgis’ The Browning Version; and Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine. Via her collaboration with the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam and NFDC India, she has worked on a number of projects including Scott Graham’s Shell (Best Film Torino Film Festival 2012). She has also been a member of the NSW Aurora Script Workshop in Sydney; the Glasgow Playwright’s Studio Script Workshop; the Selection Committee for the TorinoFilmLab Framework Programme; NFDC Film Bazaar and National Script Labs; and, the International Juries for the Locarno Film Festival, the Fajr Film Festival, Tehran and Asiatica Film Mediale, Rome and in 2015 was a member of the San Sebastian Film Festival New Directors’ Jury. In 2014 she set up the EYE PRIZE with the EYE Film Museum Amsterdam; and in 2015, supported the PJLF Pangolin Prize – a two year sculpture residency.

Alfredo Covelli is an assistant director in features and TV series. As a screen writer, his work includes: La scuola è finita directed by Valerio Jalongo (Rome Film Festival 2010); Italian TV series I Liceali; I Liceali 2; Piper; and feature Studio Illegale directed by Umberto Carteni, produced by Warner Brothers Italia. Since 2015 he has been a script consultant for the Indian Government (NFDC) tutoring Indian directors. In 2011 he directed his first short film Grandma must get dry. During visits to Israel and Palestine he made the experimental short films Salmon, Missing Parts and Love Letter, even if you treat me bad. He made the documentary Ring People while living in the homeless community of Venice Beach, California. With real stars above my head is his first autobiographical feature, and was set in a retirement house for Buddhist nuns in the Himalayas. His films have been included in 200 festivals in 30 countries and distributed or broadcast in Italy, France and the Netherlands. He also runs the independent production company Meproducodasolo working with first time directors: Off Road/Fuoristrada a documentary directed by Elisa Amoruso (Special Mention, Rome Film Festival) released in cinemas, broadcast by SKY and MTV; A new family, a short documentary by Simone Manetti (BFI London Film Festival 2014); Manetti’s first documentary feature Goodbye Darling, I’m off to fight and Yesterday, it was the first work of fiction by award winning documentarian Valentina Pedicini.

Ian Sellar is a filmmaker who began his career as an assistant to Bill Douglas. He went on, via design and editing, into writing and directing shorts and then to studying at the National Film and Television School. His first feature, Venus Peter was in official selection in Cannes and Sundance. This was followed by Prague, also chosen for Cannes, Tokyo and many others. As a writer his, Home Road Movies was winner of the Cartoon d’Or and numerous other prizes. Ian, based in the UK, is senior lecturer at the National Film and Television School. He has run workshops, normally at first feature level, for writers and directors in many parts of the world. Within the industry working with individual feature directors and writer/directors Ian acts as an advisor from script development onwards. He brings humour and tenacity to all of his work, qualities that have allowed him to form close collaborations with many successful filmmakers from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.


Lucy Cash is a moving image artist and filmmaker whose work spans short film, moving image and installation. Drawing on the possibilities of both documentary and fiction, her films explore the edges between the real and the imagined, the visible and invisible. In 2014 she was the inaugural artist in residence for The Foundling Museum, London. In 2016 she made We Shall Trip the Light Fantastic – a moving image work for Random Acts, CH4, and undertook a year-long film commission with a community in Northumberland to make the film A Long Side. In 2018, her audio fiction, To the Land was installed at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset. Based in Edinburgh, she is currently working on her first feature script as well as a video series with The Department of Feminist Conversations.

Sean Lìonadh is an artist, writer, and filmmaker from Glasgow known for his visual poem, Time For Love, a personal polemic on normality and modern-day homophobia which reached millions of people across the internet. Lìonadh is now developing his first feature film, a relationship-horror about the terror of adolescent intimacy.

Zoё Hunter trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and holds a law degree from Glasgow University. She was a founder member of the critically acclaimed Unpacked Theatre Company. Her individual work has included voice overs for Sony Games; playing Tiger Lilly in National Theatre of Scotland’s Peter Pan directed by John Tiffany; and puppeteering in the first ever UK stage adaptation of Tove Jansson’s Moominland Midwinter. Recently she has featured in Anthony Neilson’s ‪Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Lyceum, in John McPhail’s upcoming zombie musical extravaganza Anna and the Apocalypse and CBBC’s new show Last Commanders.

Thomas McCrudden started writing in prison and later was one of the founders of the charity Positive Prison ? Positive Futures which works with the Scottish Government and individuals in the prison system to reduce re-offending. His plays, Doubting Thomas (2016) and Doglife (2017), made with Jeremy Weller and Grassmarket Projects Theatre Company were presented at Summerhall in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. He won the LUSTRUM Award in 2016 and 2017.

Iain Mitchell is a writer/director working across drama, documentary and theatre. His latest short film12 Point Kill, supported through the Scottish Film Talent Network, will premiere at the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival and is currently being developed into a feature. Previous shorts include Kittiwakes and Ruby, both of which screened at festivals internationally. Mitchell has written and directed several stageplays and was a member of the Traverse 50 writing attachment. He has a strong background in documentary, and has directed more than 20 hours of broadcast television, specialising in wildlife filmmaking including Land of Ice and Fire and Black Rat Island. Mitchell is due to shoot his next short drama Stagehand this autumn.

James Topham began writing while studying at Cambridge University where he won the Marlowe Society/Royal Shakespeare Company Prize. He took part in the Channel 4 Screenwriting Scheme and has since developed TV and film projects including Painless (2017) with Addictive Pictures; First Person (2017) with Channel 4; Crane (2016) and Orla (2015) with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free; and HR (2013) with ITV Studios. His work focusses on strong, conflicted characters at the centre of intelligent, genre-driven narratives.


Alasdair Bayne is an experienced short film writer, director and editor, who aspires to write and direct feature films. In 2012, his short drama Birds screened at Encounters International Film Festival, and in the same year his Bridging the Gap documentary In Search of the Wallaby screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In 2014 Alasdair spent 3 months in the village of Skagaströnd, Northern Iceland, filming the short documentary Brother. In July 2015, he co-directed the short drama Haftasonue with Cypriot filmmaker Talat Gokdemir. In 2017, he spent a month on residency in Finland, developing the feature screenplay for Public.

Declan Dineen was born to Irish parents in Wales and is now living in Scotland. Outside of writing he is voraciously creatively involved in music, magic and video games. He once tried to meet everyone who followed him on twitter, an idle whim which became became international news for a bizarre weekend in 2013 and formed the basis of a sell-out fringe show, #meetandtweet.

Sara Jane Kirkwood originates from a housing scheme in Clydebank and spent over 20 years working across the sectors in frontline social work, latterly in youth homelessness. She recently wrote and directed the short film Damned Dolls, supported through the Five@5 for Women programme of the Scottish Film Talent Network; and she has written the feature film screenplay Tolerance with financial support from Creative Scotland. Currently she is developing the feature film screenplay for Damned Dolls and is redrafting Crazy Daisy’s. Sara Jane has also written and self published a book, The Seven Sisters of Carbeth and working on the sequel, The Hand of Carbeth.

Catriona MacInnes trained as a performer and theatre maker at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and worked professionally as an actor before going on to study film. Her first film I’m In Away From Here premiered in competition at the 65th Venice International Film Festival in 2008, and her second short A Cuillin Risingpremiered at the 55th BFI London Film Festival in October 2011. Catriona’s new short film Howls, produced by THIRD Films, was supported through the Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN), part of the BFI NET.WORK, and will premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. She is also working with THIRD Films and SFTN on development of her feature film screenplay Safe Days.

Marina Notaraki is a young filmmaker from Greece, based in Scotland since 2015. She graduated from Screen Academy Scotland. Her interests lie in writing about Youth and sub-cultures, Identity, Gender/Sexuality/Femininity, Mental Health, Race, Loneliness-Isolation, the Fault of Privilege and Trash Culture.

James Price is a self-taught screenwriter from the Springburn area of Glasgow. He was nominated for a BAFTA New Talent award as writer for the short film Dropping Off Michael, which went on to gain a Best Short Film nomination at the 2015 BAFTA Scotland Awards ceremony. His short screenplay Street Hassle came first place in Shore Scripts Short Film competition judged by Jeremy Irons and Tony Grisoni and other industry professionals. Currently he is in post-production on his short film Chibbed, which he wrote and directed for the online platform BBC Social.


Martin Clark is a Glasgow-based photographer and filmmaker with a wide-ranging experience that moves between self-initiated projects, cultural commissions and commercial presentations. He co-founded Connolly Clark Films with Cara Connolly in 2009, their primary output is comprised of short documentaries and commissioners include BBC Scotland, The Glasgow School of Art, Creative Scotland and ArtAngel. Exchange & Mart was Connolly Clark’s first dramatic work and signalled the creative expansion of their ambition and output. Martin Clark’s work to date has been rooted in an enduring fascination with portraiture and the importance, and a love of, good storytelling.

Lisa Grindall graduated from Screen Academy Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University in 2012. She has previously worked as an actor with many Scottish Theatre Companies throughout the 80s and 90s and as a director and playwright with Greycoast Theatre Co. and Mull Theatre, including writing a musical play based on the Katie Moragstories which toured across Scotland. She has worked on a number of adaptations for children and young people often focussing on classic or mythical subjects such as Macbeth (2013) and The Legend of Knockmany. Lisa also teaches Drama in Scottish schools.

Neil Hepburn is a screenwriter and independent filmmaker with a passion for cult cinema and dark thrillers. After completing a screenwriting MA in Bournemouth he was recognised by Skillset as one of the five best screenwriters from UK Screen Academies. Early work was shortlisted for The Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The scripts that followed – primarily dramas and tense psychological thrillers – received development support from BBC Scotland, BBC Writersroom and DigiCult. Neil has also been selected for several talent initiatives, including at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus.

Samir Mehanović is a Bosnian born film director, producer, and screenwriter who has lived in Scotland since 1995. He received a BAFTA Scotland award for the short film The Way We Played and IDFA Special Jury Award for his latest documentary The Fog of Srebrenica. Samir learnt his craft by writing and directing in theatre and later he completed MA Film and TV at Edinburgh College of Art. He also attended Binger Lab in 2011 with his feature film Mirza in development with Creative Scotland.

Martin Smith is a BAFTA award winning filmmaker. He has made a number of award winning short films including SEAGULLS, TRACKS and JIMMY. SEAGULLS premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival where it was Nominated for the Crystal Bear and subsequently won the Golden Reel Award for Best Short Film at Tiburon, California. He is currently developing his debut feature film.

Torkjell Stromme is an experienced short filmmaker, of Norwegian-Scottish descent, who graduated from Newport Film School’s MA in Film. He is currently in the final stages of a micro-budget feature film as writer-director and is developing two novels. He was recently awarded one of the Bridge Awards for prose writing and was shortlisted for a Scottish Book Trust award.