Meet Seth Lochhead
When Vancouver Film School graduate Seth Lochhead began the one-year Writing for Film & Television program, he set his sights on one thing alone: "I'm going to write a script and sell it." Six years after graduating, he was in New York at the red carpet premiere of Hanna, a screenplay he first wrote at VFS.
Seth's final student project has evolved into a monumental achievement, earning high-profile accolades around the world and securing his future as one of Hollywood’s in-demand screenwriters.
From The VFS Blog
- He begins developing Hanna as a final project under the guidance of Instructor Brian Casilio.
-Saoirse Ronan signs on to star, piquing director Joe Wright's interest in the project's potential.
Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana are cast.
About the Film
Hanna is a 16-year-old girl who lives with her ex-CIA agent father in a snowy forest in Finland. Though trained to be a young killing machine, Hanna’s father neglects to teach her about the wider world: electricity, music, and boys.
A fast-paced chase thriller that spans western Europe, Hanna defies action film conventions and signals the arrival of a talented new storyteller in screenwriter Seth Lochhead.
“It was the most terrifying script I had ever read in my life.“ Cate Blanchett
“The script reminded me of… nothing; I thought, ‘I haven’t seen this film before.’" Eric Bana
“It was always about the script for me, do I socialize and build my career that way, or do I write a really f—-ing great script and base my career on that? I said, ‘OK, I have faith in my script.’ "“ Seth Lochhead
“With Hanna, Seth had written a character of mythic quality. She is a stranger in a strange land – namely, our world. I was intrigued by the human connections she would make.” Leslie Holleran, producer (Chocolat )
“I always had a plan. When I decided to go to VFS I said to myself…. ’I’m going to write a script and sell it.” Seth Lochhead
“David Lynch is a hero of mine; I first saw Eraserhead and Blue Velvet as a teenager, and they blew my mind. So his twisted fairy tales were a big influence. In Hanna, I finally had the opportunity to play around; there was no room in my other movies for more surreal storytelling.” Joe Wright
“I really loved the script. I thought it was pretty unique and really well written. And, dare we say it, an original screenplay.” Eric Bana
Media Reaction to the Story Behind the Script
Vancouver screenwriter's debut a hit: Hanna wows the critics
Nanaimo-born writer stuck to his guns when he shopped Hanna script around
Vancouver Film School helped Seth Lochhead realize his ambition for big thriller Hanna
Globe and Mail - 7-Apr-11
Hanna: From Vancouver Film School assignment to big-budget thriller
Irish actor Saoirse Ronan soars as a young assassin
School project turns into big-budget 'Hanna'
(via Rotten Tomatoes)
(via Rotten Tomatoes)
Tweets About HANNA
SMLochhead: So cool seeing HANNA with a sold out audience. They laughed in the right moments, were quiet in the right moments. They clapped at the end.
Jiang Ghomeshi (CBC): If you've not seen the film Hanna yet, do it. Super-thriller with dose of surrealism. Saoirse Ronan is a gem. I'll refund if u hate it.
ADAPT OR DIE
The Writing for Film & Television program at Vancouver Film School is the single most intense year you'll experience as a writer. You will come face to face with the industry, day after grueling day. You'll test your ability to write captivating scripts for film and television, transforming yourself from someone who likes to write into someone who lives to write.
Why? Because that's the only way you'll make it as a writer in today's industry. VFS Writing alumni work in film, television, online media, and games, and include Academy Award nominee Terri Tatchell (District 9).
Want to learn more about Writing for Film & Television at VFS? Speak to an Advisor