Declan Lawn & Adam Patterson

Writers and Directors

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Photograph: Greg Funnell

Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Gemma Bicknell

Film, TV & Theatre

Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson met whilst working for the BBC's flagship current affairs programme, Panorama. They spent a decade making investigative documentaries, both in the UK and around the world, before moving into drama.

 

They are inspired by the capacity of television drama and film to tell authentic stories about how the modern world really works. Their work is typically the product of long periods of direct journalistic research into their subject matter.

 

In 2020, Adam and Declan were selected by Screen International as Stars of Tomorrow. The duo wrote hit drama THE SALISBURY POISONINGS, which became the BBC’s most watched drama of 2020 and was subsequently acquired by Netflix for the rest of the world.

 

Adam and Declan’s original scripted series BLUE LIGHTS, about response police officers in Belfast, will air on BBC One in early 2023. 

 

They recently collaborated with Peter Kosminksy on THE UNDECLARED WAR (Channel 4) and their first feature-length film ROGUE AGENT (FREEGARD), starring James Norton and Gemma Arterton, UK Netflix release July 27th and in theatres across the US in summer 2022 by IFC.
 
They have recently established their production company, Hot Sauce Pictures, in Belfast.

Television

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THE UNDECLARED WAR

2022

Playground / Channel 4

THE SALISBURY POISONINGS

2020

Dancing Ledge Productions / BBC

Writers. Nominated for IFTA 2021 Best Scripted Drama Series

In Development

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2022

Rabbit Track Pictures and The Development Partnership

Feature (writers/directors)
also known as FREEGARD

BLUE LIGHTS

2022

Two Cities Television / BBC

An original police drama for BBC One (creators/writers).

Short Films

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ROUGH

2020

Gallagher Films

Written and directed by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn. Winner Best Short at the IFTAs 2021. Winner Best Fiction Short Krakow FF 2021. Winner Best Irish Fiction Short Kerry Intl. FF 2020. BAFTA long list 2022.