Stephen Frears, Abi Morgan, Andrew Macdonald amongst Guiding Lights mentors
by Naman Ramachandran
- Established names will support emerging film professionals to progress in their careers
Director Stephen Frears (The Program [+see also:
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Orton said, “I could not have asked for a better mentor than Mr. Charman. Being guided by one of the world’s most sought-after and talented writers has been as enjoyable as it has insightful. Matt has already been instrumental in helping me through a number of career decisions - most recently, selling a spec script to MGM. I simply cannot wait to see how our relationship will develop, moving forward.”
Established in 2006, Guiding Lights requires mentees to demonstrate a solid track record in their fields as well as the potential to shape the creative landscape of the future.
Click here for more information on the 2015 pairings.