Sir David Hare – Festival Patron

One of the greatest British post-war playwrights, Sir David, who is also a renowned screenwriter and director, is patron of the Hastings LitFest, which runs from August 30 to September 1 at venues throughout Hastings and St Leonards.

He says: “Our aim is to provide a space and opportunity for writers to explore their voices, discover their creativity and to find ways in which they can pursue their ability to express themselves in writing.”

Sir David has enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for best adapted screenplay for writing The Hours in 2002, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham, and The Reader in 2008, based on the novel by Bernhard Schlink. Both films won Oscars for their leading ladies Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet.

He is the author of over thirty plays including Plenty (adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep in 1985) and more than 25 films for television and cinema, including Wetherby, Damage and Denial.
His most recent TV drama, Collateral, starring Carey Mulligan, Nicola Walker, Billie Piper and John Simm, broke viewing records on BBC2 in February this year.

Sir David has always been a strong and often controversial voice; a passionate advocate of the power of writing – and the need for writers to use this power to speak honestly and openly – about politics, about emotions, about relationships and about truth.