John Costello

John CostelloJohn Costello is a freelance author, screenwriter, script analyst, lecturer and electronic musician. His sole author credits include Writing A Screenplay (2002, last ed. 2006), David Cronenberg (2000) and Science Fiction Films (2004), all published by Pocket Essentials. A project on David Lynch for Taschen GmbH was completed in 2002 but will never see the light of day thanks to some typically surreal Lynchian weirdness; sufficient quantities of alcohol will usually secure the unexpurgated story. He has written two original feature film screenplays, one of which has been optioned, and was commissioned to adapt Joseph D’Lacey’s superb eco-horror novel MEAT for the big screen. In addition he has written reviews, features and articles for magazines including Matrix, Vector and Crimetime, and contributed to the Heroic Bloodshed Pocket Essential and The Crimetime Film Book.

John has worked as a freelance script analyst and mentor for, among others, the UK Film Council, Screen West Midlands, The Script Factory and Grand Union Productions, and co-scripted the short film Strive (2005) for Anglo-French company Antidote Produxions.

John has lectured in Film, Media Studies, Screenwriting and Creative Writing for institutions including the University of Sheffield (Screenwriting MA); Warwick and Birmingham Universities, and the University of Central England; he also guest lectured at Manchester City College and ran the Media A-Level at Coventry City College from 2001 to 2012. From 2007-2012 he headed Warwick’s adult education Creative Writing Certificate programme. In addition he has lectured on Modern Art for Warwick’s History of Art Certificate.