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More about James Mavor and Guðni Lindal Benediktsson, who will be leading the screenwriting residency in Orkney from 11 February to 4 March 2018.

James Mavor leads the post-graduate courses in screenwriting at Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University (one of only three Film Academies in the UK) and combines teaching with his work as a professional screenwriter. His credits for television span 20 years across soaps, series and single dramas, including The Bill, Monarch of the Glen and Split Second, a TV movie starring Clive Owen and Helen McCrory. He has also written award-winning work in short film, theatre, radio and short fiction. Since joining Screen Academy Scotland in 2007, James has been involved in a number of adaptations and collaborations with crime author Ian Rankin, including Reichenbach Falls (2007) and Doors Open (2012), a comedy thriller for ITV produced by and starring Stephen Fry.
Recent work includes script development with Edinburgh-based, Bafta-winning animation team Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson on Dom, their debut feature documentary. James is also working with producer John McKay on Berwick Law, a low budget feature film in development with BFI/Scottish Film Talent Network, and on Chosen, a spooky TV series set in Estonia.

Guðni Líndal Benediktsson graduated from the Icelandic Film School in 2012, and has since worked on the sets of feature films such as Of Horses and Men (2013) and Thor 2: The Dark World (2013), along with a number of short films. He is one of the founding members of the Icelandic production company Fenrir Films. His short-film No homo (2012) was awarded Best Icelandic Short in the festival Reykjavik Shorts and Docs 2013 and was then featured in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival in the same year.
Guðni has written three children’s books, one of which won The Icelandic Children’s Book Award 2014. He was one of the story writers for the mobile video game Box Island (2015), designed to teach children the basics of programming.
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