With less than a week to go until the 2018 Insight Forum at Picturehouse Central, the British Association for Screen Entertainment has today revealed that this year’s special guest will be the incomparable Mark Gatiss, who will be joining Johnny Fewings on stage for an exclusive chat.
An acclaimed actor, writer, producer and director, Gatiss exploded onto the entertainment scene in 1997 when, alongside his fellow League of Gentlemen, he won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before bringing the dark comedy of Royston Vasey to TV screens in 1999 and the silver screen in 2005 with Universal Pictures’ The League Of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse.
Since then Gatiss has gone on to both appear in and contribute to some of the biggest entertainment properties in the world, including taking actor, writer and producer credits with the BBC’s global hit Sherlock. His longstanding relationship with perennial family favourite Doctor Who pre-dates the show’s successful resurrection in 2005 (Gatiss has been involved in shorts, spoofs and spin-offs since as far back as 1994), although since then he has not only appeared in and written multiple episodes, but also produced and written 2013’s love letter to the show, An Adventure In Time And Space. Rounding out a trio of big hitters, Gatiss also has a recurring role in the international behemoth that is HBO’s Game Of Thrones.
Gatiss has also appeared in a veritable who’s who of acclaimed TV and film productions, including Nighty Night, Starter For 10, Boy George biopic, Worried About The Boy, Wolf Hall, London Spy, Taboo and Gunpowder, with recent and forthcoming theatrical hits including StudioCanal’s The Mercy and Disney’s Christopher Robin.
According to Official Charts Company data, since 2000, Gatiss has featured on more than seven million units sold across TV and film and is part of four franchises (League Of Gentlemen, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones) that have each sold more than one million copies. Perhaps even more impressively, in 2017 six per cent of all TV consumer spend was on a DVD or Blu-ray featuring Gatiss.
The 2018 BASE Insight Forum, supported by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) is a morning event, starting at 8.30am and wrapping up at 2pm, and will bring together up to 300 people from across the industry.