Daniel
Hayes

Screenwriter


Daniel is an award-winning screenwriter, identified as a “broadcasting star of the future” on the BBC’s New Talent hotlist. 


His feature debut VS. (2018) was developed with BBC Films and produced by Silvertown Films and Wildgaze Films. It premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and was released in major national and international cinema chains, receiving a 5-star review from Jamal Edwards at SBTV and 4-star reviews in The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw), The Times, Metro and Total Film magazine. It was Sight & Sound’s Film of the Week and longlisted for three BIFAs including Breakthrough Award for Debut Screenwriter. In 2019 it won the Hitchcock Award for Best Screenplay at the Dinard Film Festival and the audience award at Univerciné. Nantes. Daniel was also proudly nominated for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s Best First Screenplay award (2020). 

Daniel originally trained with The Script Factory and worked extensively as a freelance Script Reader and consultant. He was a Senior Development Executive at a London-based independent film company and delivered workshops for the BBC and Media Trust. In 2012, Daniel graduated from UEA’s well-regarded MA Screenwriting course with a distinction. He has had numerous screenplays commissioned, including a digital short produced by the UK Film Council and Screen East. 

Daniel is currently working on miniseries CHOREOGRAPHY (Corona Content) with award-winning director Jane Gull, as well as developing a number of his own film, television and radio projects. Alongside his writing, Daniel lectures part-time on the BA(Hons) Screenwriting course at the University of Suffolk.