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Lara Barbier



Emily Smith

Lara is a graduate of the London College of Communications MA screenwriting course. She was LCC’s Graduate Artist in Residence 2019, where she is exploring storytelling for extended reality (XR) and is creating an immersive VR installation.

Lara participated in the writer’s room for ALIEN8ED led by Simon Ashford. The project is being produced by Phillippa Giles with funding from BFI. She has been selected as one of eight residents on the Canneseries Institute 2020, a 5-week writers residency run by University of Côte d’Azur and Serial Eyes in partnership with Vivendi/Canal+ Group International.

Lara was a quarter-finalist in the Screencraft Fellowship Award, her short film “Ten Years On” was previously nominated for the RTS Award and was shortlisted through the Hightide New Writing Workshop.

Lara is a member of the Directors Cut Theatre Writers Club and 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.

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. Lara is developing ideas with a number of UK production companies.

Lara has worked extensively in the field of VR writing content for museums and exhibitions both in the UK and across the world.

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), it 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 10 of Final Draft’s Big Break competition.

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

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