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Lara Barbier



Emily Smith

In 2020 Lara was selected as one of eight residents on the CanneSeries Institute, a 5-week writers residency run by University of Côte d’Azur and Serial Eyes in partnership with Vivendi/Canal+ Group International. Her project was selected as the winner, and her script will move forward into development with StudioCanal. 

Lara is also currently one of BBC Writersroom Cornish Voices.

Lara participated in the writer’s room for ALIEN8ED led by Simon J. Ashford. The project is being produced by Phillippa Giles with funding from BFI.

Lara’s debut television script KEEPER OF THE PLEAS, which is a historical drama set during the reign of King Richard, is under option to Juliet Parker.

Her YA series THE BOOK OF WATCHERS is in development with Blonde Mamba.

Lara’s most recent project, THE PIRATE WIFE is set in 1800’s South China Sea, based on a real-life individual “Cheng I Sao” (Wife of Cheng I), and tells the remarkable tale of one of the most successful pirates of all time. The script was shortlisted for the C21 Drama Series Script Competition, amongst 21 scripts and reached the final Top 10 of Final Draft’s Big Break competition. Lara is developing ideas with a number of UK production companies.

Lara graduated from London College of Communication (LCC) MA Screenwriting with a first class degree. She was LCC’s Graduate Artist in Residence 2019, where she explored immersive storytelling and produced and wrote a VR experience, FRACTUS. She has also worked extensively in the field of VR writing content for museums and exhibitions both in the UK and across the world.

Lara has had a number of short plays produced by new writing theatres across London. Plays include NO SENSE OF AN ENDING performed at The Old Red Lion, TAMPON TERROR selected for Theatre 503 Rapid Write Response, and A LION’S LIFE performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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