Raymond Friel is an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright. He has written three feature films: The Calcium Kid, starring Orlando Bloom (produced by Working Title Films), Botched with Stephen Dorff (Winner of Best Film and Best Actor at the New York Horror Festival) and Moon Dogs (nominated by BAFTA Scotland for Best Film 2016, Winner Best Actor by BAFTA Wales 2017, Winner of Best First International Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh and Best Film and Best Actor at the Newport Beach Film Festival, CA). Moon Dogs was released theatrically in the UK in 2017.
His play, Moriarty is Crying, won the Willy Russell Award for New Writing, while his short film script, Mad Dogs, was a prize-winner at the Jerwood Short Film Competition. A novel, Animal Lover, was published in 2013 by Luath Press and a script based on this was commissioned by the BBC.
Previously he has developed a number of film and television projects for companies including Scottish Screen, Creative Scotland, the UK Film Council, Channel 4, Shine Entertainment and the BBC. Raymond has also lectured on screenwriting at Glasgow University and taught a night class at Strathclyde University in writing for film and television.