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Daniel Hayes

Lecturer in Film

Daniel is a screenwriter and script consultant with over fifteen years’ experience in the film industry and an academic background in film, literature and creative writing. He has been teaching at the University of Suffolk since 2016.

Daniel originally studied a BA in English & American Literature at the University of Essex and was awarded a studentship for his MA in Film Studies. After graduating with a distinction, he trained with The Script Factory and worked extensively as a script reader for organisations such as Scottish Screen and Euroscript, as well as providing freelance script consultation. He was a senior development executive at a London-based independent film company and delivered workshops for the BBC and Media Trust. In 2012 he gained his second Masters with distinction, this time in Creative Writing and Screenwriting from the University of East Anglia. As a writer, Daniel has had numerous films optioned, commissioned and produced including a digital short for the UK Film Council and Screen East. In 2017, he was identified as a “broadcasting star of the future” on the BBC’s New Talent hotlist.

Daniel’s feature film VS. (co-written with director Ed Lilly) was developed with BBC Films and produced by Silvertown Films and Wildgaze Films. It premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and was released in national cinemas, receiving 4-star reviews in The Guardian, The Times, Metro and Total Film magazine. In October 2018, it was Sight & Sound magazine’s Film of the Week and longlisted for three British Independent Film Awards including Breakthrough Award for Debut Screenwriter.

Daniel is currently writing with two award-winning directors as well as developing a number of his own film and TV projects. Alongside his writing and lecturing, Daniel continues to provide freelance script consultation services.


Film Genre

Adaptation & Interpretation

Writing for Television

Contemporary Television: Studies in Format and Genre

Professional Practice (contributor)

Development and Story Design: Final Project (contributor)

Screenwriting: Final Project (contributor)

Research interests

Extreme Cinema, British TV Drama (including the work of Jack Thorne and Dominic Savage), The films of David Cronenberg, Alternative Narrative in Film and Screenwriting Theory.