Dr Simon Passmore
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Producer and Writer
Before returning to university as a teacher of screenwriting and film producing I was a writer, producer, and script editor across a range of industry structures in the UK. These include the BBC’s drama department, where I was a script editor and subsequently a producer of drama series, serials, and films. Later, with Channel 4 and ITV, I worked as an independent drama producer and the proprietor of a small production company. I’ve also worked in several small to medium-sized production companies as freelance screenwriter, producer, and drama executive.
Subsequently, alongside teaching, I have written six radio plays commissioned, produced, and broadcast by the BBC.
As a senior lecturer on BA Film I teaching film production and screenwriting to undergraduates, running the course’s 60-credit level 5 practice module and level 6 screenwriting module.
I am also active in research, and in 2018 received my PhD from the English department of Lancaster University for my thesis Screenplays: Writing, Discourse, and Process.
Le scénario dans le cinéma anglophone: texte invisible, texte visible, Université de Bretagne Sud: paper, “Screenwriter, Script-reader and Audience” (January 2012)
London Screenwriters Workshop: invited speaker: panel. “Should writers produce?” (September 2010)
ACS Crossroads, Hong Kong: paper, “When Time Stops And Time Is Never Ending: In The Mood For Love and Four Quartets’” (June 2010)
Writer, radio drama:
Earworm: 45’ radio drama with Chloe Pirrie, Justin Salinger; BBC Radio 4, 2015
Leverage: 60’ radio play with Claire Foy, Charlie Cox, Blake Ritson; BBC Radio 4, 2011
The Patient: 30’ radio play with Philip Jackson, Lucy Akhurst; BBC Radio 4, 2011
Going To Ground: 60’ radio play with Guy Henry; BBC Radio 4, 2010
Accomplices: 45’ radio play with Claudia Harrison, Emily Joyce; BBC Radio 4, 2009
Offshore: 45’ radio play with Nadine Marshall, Richard Lintern; BBC Radio 4, 2008
Whose Baby?: 70’ film drama starring Sophie Okonedo, Andrew Lincoln; Granada/ITV, 2004
Foyle’s War series II: 4 x 98’ film drama starring Michael Kitchen; Greenlit/ITV, 2004; BAFTA nomination: Best Series
Foyle’s War series I: 3 x 98’ film drama starring Michael Kitchen; Greenlit/ITV, 2003; BAFTA Audience Award
Pretending To Be Judith: 98’ film drama starring Marc Warren, Nathaniel Parker; Tyro Films/ITV, 2001
Forgive and Forget: 96’ film drama starring John Simm, Laura Fraser; STV/ITV, 2000; London Film Festival; Inside Out Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival.
An Evil Streak: 3 x 50’ film drama starring Trevor Eve; LWT/ITV, 1999
Imogen’s Face: 3 x 51’ and 1 x 100’ film drama starring Lia Williams; Tyro/ITV,1998.
Out Of Hours: 6 x 50’ film drama starring Dominic West; BBC/Tyro/Monogram, 1998.
Seventeen: 35mm short drama starring Rachel Weisz; Tyro/British Screen/C4, 1996; London, Chicago, Uppsala, Dinard film festivals
Seconds Out: 90’ film drama starring Steven Waddington, Tom Bell; BBC, 1992; Rotterdam Film Festival
The Law Lord: 90’ film drama starring Anthony Andrews, Bernard Hill; BBC, 1992
Do Not Disturb: 75’ film drama starring Peter Capaldi; BBC, 1991
Traitors: 60’ drama starring written by Jimmy McGovern; BBC, 1990
A Sense Of Guilt: 7 x 50’ drama starring Trevor Eve, Lisa Harrow; BBC, 1990