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Ivor Powell in Conversation with Clarisse Loughrey

Teesside Cyberpunk Convention are proud to present this special ‘In Conversation’ event between Ivor Powell, Associate Producer of Alien and Blade Runner, and Clarisse Loughrey, Chief Film Critic for The Independent. The ‘In Conversation’ will be followed by a Q+A open to the audience.

Ivor Powell (Writer/Producer)

Ivor Powell’s early career highlights include training as an Assistant Stage Manager on the New York production of West Side Story, acting as understudy in Terence Rattigan’s ‘Ross’ with the late Sir Alec Guinness at the Theatre Royal Haymarket - followed by a year with BBC TV - then working for nearly three years as an assistant for Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, and line producing for Ridley Scott on The Duellists, Alien & Blade Runner.  
After spending fifteen years running a prolific, UK Advertising and Commercials Production Company, and writing feature screenplays in his spare time, in 1998 Ivor decided to make the break back into feature films as a writer and producer. 
Recent work includes a short film that he wrote and produced, The Dreamer, directed by Miguel Sapochnik. The Dreamer was short-listed for both Academy and BAFTA nominations. This was followed by several development deals and assignments including working for Miramax Films in developing a feature length version of The Dreamer and developing two projects with Working Title. 
More recent completed screenplays include ‘Angels over Babylon’ – a tragic ‘Romeo & Juliet’ romance set against the backdrop of the invasion of Iraq, between a US sniper and an Iraqi diplomat’s daughter – commissioned by Enigma International, and ‘Shroud’ a dark, psychological horror-thriller. 
Ivor has also recently completed a first draft of his first novel, Knight – A ‘Close Encounter of the Dark Ages’, that he hopes will fire the imagination of both young and old readers alike. 
BIOS - his most recent original screenplay, was co-written with Craig Luck - “On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his dying creator’s beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human.” With Tom Hanks in the lead role and Miguel Sapochnik as director, filming has just been completed in New Mexico with a release date of October 2nd 2020 under the banner of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. 

Clarisse Loughrey

Clarisse Loughrey is the Chief Film Critic for The Independent. She also acts as a regular stand-in for Mark Kermode on BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Kermode and Mayo’ and runs That Darn Movie Show, a weekly review channel on YouTube.


This special event is a key part of the Teesside Cyberpunk Convention 2019 - a four-day event consisting of screenings, keynote addresses, talks, debates, workshops, markets and dystopian music nights - celebrating the importance of Teesside on Ridley Scott’s vision for Blade Runner and the film's subsequent influence on the global cyberpunk genre.
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