John Foster is Screenwriter-in-Residence, involved in the teaching of screenwriting at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has taught on British Council overseas script development programmes, working with students in Ghana and Sri Lanka. He has published fiction in the Guardian and Spectator, written for radio and the theatre, worked as a script editor and researcher for the BBC, Central and Granada. His screenwriting credits include many episodes for TV series such as Z-Cars, Softly Softly, Crown Court, Emmerdale, Juliet Bravo, Rockliffe, Saracen, The Bill. He has also written childrens' serials, one-off dramas and dramatised documentaries, including a BAFTA award-winning BBC Omnibus on crime novelist Raymond Chandler. His screenplay Letters from a Killer was produced in 1998 starring Patrick Swayze, and he is contributor to the award-winning crime fiction collection, Mean Time. He is currently completing a novel, writing a screenplay commissioned by the Media School and involved in the creation of multi-media dance dramas.
1992 - 2006 Principal Lecturer/ Screenwriter-in-Residence.
2001 - 2004 Chair, BMS Cultural Diversity Working Party; BMS representative Equality and Diversity Steering Group; programmer Purbeck Film Festival at the University and Diversity Day Cultural Diversity movie screenings.
1999 - 2004 Script Development Workshop Leader to Scriptnet - working overseas with upcoming Ghanaian (1999 and 2004) and Sri Lankan (2002 and 2003) screenwriters in the development of new short screenplays.
1988 - 1992 Visiting Fellow, Bournemouth Polytechnic.
1988 - 1992 Guest Lecturer, Bournemouth Institute for Higher Education/Bournemouth Polytechnic.
1975 - 2001 Guest Lecturer Arvon Foundation, various schools and writers' organisations.
1975 - 1992 Freelance film & television screenwriter.
1974 - 1975 Acting Deputy Head BBC Television Script Unit, BBC Television, London.
1971 - 1973 Writer's Attachment, Drama Group, BBC Television, London & Birmingham.
1966 - 1971 Freelance film & television screenwriter.
1963 - 1966 Freelance print writer.
BROADCAST AND PUBLICATION CREDITS FROM 1963 - 2006:
DRAMA SERIES - CONTRIBUTING WRITER:
SOFTLY, SOFTLY BBC1
SUTHERLAND'S LAW BBC1
JULIET BRAVO BBC1
CROWN COURT Granada
A FAMILY AT WAR Granada
THE PRACTICE Granada (format creator)
THE BILL Thames
LUIFEL & LUIFEL Blue Horse (Holland, 2002)
KING CINDER BBC1
A six-part all-film childrens' drama set in the world of speedway. Creator and writer.
WATCH ALL NIGHT Granada
A seven-part children's drama. Creator and writer.
Creator and writer commissioned drama series pilot and two episodes.
INSIDE TRACK BBCtv
Creator and writer commissioned drama series pilot.
'OMNIBUS' ON RAYMOND CHANDLER -
DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS
BAFTA award winner BBC1
Producer - Norman Swallow
Director - Fred Burnley
A dramatised biography of the American crime writer's impact upon contemporary writing, his influence upon film noir and Hollywood screenwriting, his characteristics as a writer. "Up amongst the ten best programmes shown on television" - Nancy Banks-Smith.
PROSPECT 125 BBCtv
75-minute drama commissioned and accepted.
POWER STRUGGLE Granada
Producer - Leslie Woodhead
Director - John Irvin
A 90-minute conspiracy thriller telling the true story of a Watergate-style cover-up concerning a nuclear power safety programme.
ONE AFTERNOON BBCtv
Producer - Brian Lewis
Director - Michael Houldey
Two 60-minute films dealing with the problems of truancy. Based upon true stories and set in Birmingham, where the films were shot.
MONTH OF THE DOCTORS BBC2
Producer - Peter Goodchild
Director - Roger Bamford
Two 90-minute films shot in Africa and America. A medical detective story - the epidemiological hunt for the virus carrying Lassa Fever.
THIRTY MINUTE THEATRE BBC2
Producer - Innes Lloyd
Director - Rodney Bennett
Two all-studio dramas
Producer - Richard Bates
Director - Jim Goddard
Two one-hour dramas.
NOBODY KNOWS Canadian Broadcasting
A 90-minute police drama.
THE KILLER TRILOGY Yorkshire
Producer - David Cunliffe
Director - Michael Ferguson
One-Hour film dramas.
THE ROSE MEDALLION BBC1
Producer - Ron Craddock
Director - Peter Ellis
A 3x50 dramatisation of the thriller novel by James Grant.
IN YOUR OWN HANDS Westward Television
A 30-minute studio-based drama.
GWEN CST for Channel 4
A 90-minute portrait of the English countryside, a mix of drama and documentary, commissioned and accepted.
GOLD BBC Bristol
A 90-minute dramatisation of the Brinks Matt Robbery.
THE MURDER MAN ITC + South Australian Film Corporation
A 90-minute thriller television movie.
THE CRIME BROKER Portman Entertainment + C4 +
A 90-minute television movie.
A LICENCE TO LIVE CST + HTV
Producer - Steve Timmins
Director - Dirk Campbell
Two 60-minute low-budget experimental television films with Tony Robinson as a prison probation officer.
LETTERS FROM A KILLER Original Movie screenplay
J&M + Tortuga Entertainment Ltd
Producer - Peter Snell
Director - David Carson
Starring - Patrick Swayze
A feature screenplay originally commissioned by Chrysalis. A chase-story style road movie shot on location in the US. Released: 1998
PROMISING MATERIAL Original Movie Screenplay
Developed with Flickers + Channel Four
Screenplay commissioned and accepted
Awaiting funding. A psychological thriller based upon a true story.
FERAL Movie Screenplay (adaptation)
Direct Channel Four commission.
Awaiting funding. The true story of a wild child reared by snakes and wolves in the mountains of Southern Spain.
SHOTS Crime Fiction Quarterly
MEAN TIME - anthology of Millennium
crime stories, edited by Jerry Sykes
BBC Radio-4 Talks
Tangled Web Crime and Mystery Webzine
KING CINDER BBC Publications
WATCH ALL NIGHT Penguin/Puffin
THE CRIME TIME FILM BOOK No Exit Press (contributor)
RADIO DRAMA AND THEATRE:
BBC Radio Four
BBC World Service
Plymouth Arts Centre
A novel of 120,000 words.
THE TRAVELLING COMPANION
A one-hour screenplay dramatisation for Andrew Ireland and Bournemouth Media School.
Two 30-minute dance dramas for Debbie Inman and Dorset Dance.
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