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IFTA Masterclass with Allan Cubitt

When:June 15th
Venue:Light House Cinema

Award-winning Writer/Director Allan Cubitt takes part in an IFTA Masterclass, in association with Screen Skills Ireland, to discuss his work in Drama writing and directing.

Allan Cubitt’s work is the subject of this IFTA Masterclass, where participants will hear first-hand from this critically acclaimed Writer/Creator about his transition into Directing and about writing/directing across his most recent feature and drama projects.

Allan was the creator, writer & director of the award-winning psychological drama The Fall, for which he won the Best British Crime Writing Award in 2015. The hit drama series won an IFTA Award in 2014 for Best Drama, an Edgar Award for Best Television Episode and received a BAFTA nomination in 2014. His key credits include; Death and Nightingales, The Fall, Prime Suspect II, Sherlock Holmes - The Hound of the Baskervilles, Murphy’s Law, The Hanging Gale, Painted Lady and The Boys Are Back among others and he has received multiple IFTA and BAFTA nominations across his 30-year career in film and television.

This Masterclass will be an invaluable opportunity to get first-hand knowledge, direction, and advice from a leading screen creator, in his capacity as Writer and Director. Allan will provide insight into his approach and methodology to both writing and directing; working from scriptwriting to directing; his interpretation of the process, discipline and skill required across each role; working with the team; determining format and shooting style to drive the narrative visually. Case study clips will be used from Allan’s work.

The Masterclass is for established (& upcoming) Irish directors and Irish writers who are working with Drama scripts and for Irish writers who will go on to direct their own material in the future.


Allan’s screenwriting career began in 1990 when his first television script ‘The Land of Dreams’ was part of the long-running anthology ‘Screenplay’ TV series on BBC Two. Allan’s TV Movie script ‘The Countless Alice’ about the collapse of the Berlin Wall was also a part of the anthology series.

Allan wrote two separate Sherlock Holmes scripts, in 2002 and 2004 respectively: an adaptation of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', with Richard Roxburgh; and his original script called ‘The Case of the Silk Stockings’, which starred Rupert Everett. Allan adapted the Simon Carr memoir, ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’, into the Australian film, ‘The Boys Are Back’ in 2009, starring Clive Owen and directed by Scott Hicks, whilst in 2011, he adapted the Martina Cole novel, ‘The Runaway’, as a television series.

In 2013, Allan created the hit BBC television series ‘The Fall’, writing and producing series one and going on to direct series two and three. Allan was also the recipient of the ‘Best British Crime Writing’ award for ‘The Fall’ at the 2015 British Screenwriters’ Awards.Over the years, Allan has received multiple BAFTA & IFTA nominations for his work including ‘The Fall’, ‘Prime Suspect II’ - which also won a Primetime Emmy Award - and the Irish Famine drama series ‘The Hanging Gale’.

Click here to apply for the Masterclass.