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Stephen Cleary

Stephen Cleary is a story developer and feature film producer. He has developed over 60 produced features with directors including Ken Loach, Beeban Kidron, Milcho Manchevski, Sophie Hyde, Beeban Kidron and Marc Evans. He was Head of Development at British Screen for four years. He produced New Years Day in 2001, (Panorama selection Sundance Film Festival, Winner Best British Film Raindance Film Festival) and co-produced Goodbye Charlie Bright in 2002. That same year he was also co-screenwriter of the feature, Alexandria.

Stephen founded and ran Arista, Europe’s largest private film development agency from 1996 to 2006. Graduates of Arista programs have written, directed or produced over 250 feature films, including The Last King of Scotland; Brick Lane; Totsi; The Flying Scotsman and London to Brighton.  

Stephen is now an international story consultant. He was the Grace Marion Wilson Visiting Fellow in creative writing at Melbourne University and in partnership with the South Australian Film Corporation, co-designed and ran FilmLab, an acclaimed initiative producing eight prize-winning low-budget features in three years. Most recently he developed Sweet Country, prize winner at the Venice and Toronto film festivals in 2017, and was the lead consultant on the Emmy-award winning documentary What happened Miss Simone?

When not travelling, Stephen lives with his family in Aquitaine, France.