Hanna Screenwriter Seth Lochhead Returns to VFS

By VFS Web Team, on April 21, 2011

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Only weeks after the film's release and subsequent critical acclaim, Seth looked back at the six-year-long road it took to get here: the email queries, the negotiations, the industry buzz, and the media attention.
Seth acknowledged that it's all been a bit overwhelming at times, but that "losing your way" is not such a bad thing. After his then-unproduced screenplay for Hannabegan to open doors in Hollywood, he was approached to pitch himself as a writer -- alongside A-listers like Stuart Beattie -- for numerous productions, from a He-Man adaptation to the new Sherlock Holmes. Instead, though, he's opted to focus mostly on his own original screenplays, showing the kind of gutsiness it takes to maintain a creative vision through six years of script development (as was the case with Hanna).
Seth answered a number of questions from the audience, from "Who is David Farr, the other writer credited on Hanna?" (Answer: Seth doesn't personally know him; Farr is one of the writers who wrote a draft during the development stage), to what it was like to travel to Berlin with director Joe Wright to work on rewrites.
He and Wright kept up an insane schedule of long days and little sleep during the pre-production phase. Once they got the script to where it needed to be, Seth stayed on in Europe to make any last-minute tweaks to dialogue or story developments. After it was all said and done, he had lost 20 pounds - despite the gummy bears Saoirse Ronan's mother was supplying him on set.
Thanks very much for your time, Seth! We look forward to seeing more of your work on the big screen.
Check out some of the photos from Seth's VFS visit below, or on our Flickr page.