Stephen Cleary has worked in film and television for over 20 years. As Head of Development at the UK national film Agency he developed Before the Rain , (winner Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival), Rob Roy, Butterfly Kiss, Love and Death on Long Island and many others.Stephen founded and ran Arista, Europe’s largest private film development agency from 1996 to 2006. Graduates of Arista program have written, directed or produced over 250 feature films and thousands of hours of television drama.
He produced the feature New Year’s Day, in 2001 and co-produced Goodbye Charlie Bright in 2002. He co-wrote the feature films Alexandria, produced in 1998, and Buddha’s Little Finger, produced in 2013.Recently, in partnership with the South Australian Film Corporation, he designed and implemented the Filmlab low-budget feature initiative, resulting in the internationally acclaimed features 52 Tuesdays and The Infinite Man among others. Currently he is development consultant on the BBC drama series Hinterland. He is also the co-author of I Put A Spell on You: the Autobiography of Nina Simone.
Stephen works as a story consultant around the world, was a visiting professor in Film at the University of Westminster in the UK and is currently a visting professor at the Victoria College of the Arts school of film and television in Melbourne, Australia.
Stephen Cleary teaches "Plot and Character", "How Low Can You Go?" and "Genre Workshop"