TASIS Speaker Series: Mike Lesslie | February 5
Mike Lesslie | February 5
Screenwriter, playwright, and producer
Michael Lesslie is a highly sought-after screenwriter, playwright, and producer who has written scripts for Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed, both directed by Justin Kurzel, and has worked with such acclaimed filmmakers as Doug Liman and Johan Renck. He is currently adapting and executive producing the six-part miniseries The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre for the legendary Park Chan-Wook, which AMC and the BBC will screen in 2018. Mr. Lesslie also has four high-profile television and film projects in advanced development and is writing a contemporary screenplay of Hamlet—starring Riz Ahmed—for Netflix.
Mr. Lesslie also works as a producer with his business partner PJ van Sandwijk and their company Storyteller Productions. Storyteller’s first feature documentary film, the iconic director Errol Morris’s American Dharma, will premiere in 2018. They have several more high-end film and TV projects at advanced stages of development and production.
An Oxford University graduate with double First Class Honours in English Language and Literature, Mr. Lesslie began his writing career at age 23 with Swimming with Sharks, a play that opened in the West End starring Christian Slater and Matt Smith. The same year, he wrote a BAFTA-nominated short film, Heavy Metal Drummer.
Mr. Lesslie continues to balance playwriting alongside screenwriting and has had his work staged in theaters and screened in cinemas across the world.
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