NFTS Stories: “the course I did at the NFTS unlocked the world of drama for me.”

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NFTS Stories: “the course I did at the NFTS unlocked the world of drama for me.”

Basi Akpabio – Script Development Diploma Graduate

Welcome to our next NFTS story, a series of blogs featuring our alumni talking about where they were before they came to the School and where they are now (follow the series by using the #NFTSSTories hashtag across Twitter and Instagram). Basi graduated from the part-time Script Development Diploma in 2013 and is now Creative Director at Agatha Christie Ltd.

What were you doing career/ job wise before applying to the NFTS? I'd already had a long and varied career in TV before the course but hadn't been full time in drama aside from a short period of writing.

What are you doing now? I'm now Creative Director at Agatha Christie Ltd. overseeing our film and TV.  I'm an Executive Producer on the shows we've been making for the BBC and have other projects in development around the world.  In film I was involved in Kenneth Branagh's Murder On The Orient Express, am now working on the follow up, Death On The Nile and have two other films in development with Fox including Witness For The Prosecution with Ben Affleck. These things are always about collaboration but it's been thrilling to be so firmly embedded in the reinvention of Christie.

How has studying at the NFTS helped you in your journey to your current career? In short, the course I did at the NFTS unlocked the world of drama for me.  As with life generally, luck played some part in landing me where I am but the course gave me the skills to be working at the highest level both in TV and Hollywood.  

What advice would you give to an aspiring NFTS student? Everyone can have an opinion but there's a real skill to being able to analyse and solve a problem.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which film, TV boxset or video game would you take? I'm currently in love with La Grande Bellezza by Sorrentino.

For more information about the NFTS Script Development Diploma, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/scriptdevelopment