Hossein Amini

Award winning writer and director for film and television
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Biography

Hossein Amini is a film writer who was nominated for an Oscar for his adaptation of Henry James' classic novel Wings of a Dove, which starred Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roach and Alison Elliott.

He has also written Jude, starring Kate Winslet and Christopher Ecclestone, which won the Edinburgh Film festival prize for Best British Film, and has worked on Gangs of New York, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Leonardo di Caprio, as well as The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger.

In 2011 he wrote the screenplay for Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film at the BAFTAs 2012.

In 2014 Hossein made his directorial debut with his own adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January, starring Vigo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

His limited series, The Alienistadapted from the novel by Caleb Carr, premiered on TNT in January 2018. The show stars Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning and is directed by Jakob Verbruggen.

His critically acclaimed series McMafia, starring James Norton, also premiered in January 2018 on BBC One. The series has been picked up by AMC for the American market and will be broadcast in over 200 territories. The UK Parliament recently passed into law the "McMafia law", part of the Criminal Finances Act 2017, which protects British property from being used for money laundering.

Hossein is currently working on the second series of McMafia.

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Film

Writer & Director

Producer Tom Sternberg
Starring
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Viggo Mortensen
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    Adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith.

    Studio Canal
    Working Title
     

    Writer

    Director Tomas Alfredson
    Starring
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Chloë Sevigny
  • J. K. Simmons
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    Adaptation of the novel by Jo Nesbø.

    Universal
    Working Title
     
    Director Susanna White
    Starring
  • Naomie Harris
  • Stellan Skarsgard
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Damian Lewis
  • Alicia von Rittberg
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    Adaptation of the novel by John le Carre.

    Potboiler Productions and Ink Factory
     
    Drive
    Feature
    Director Nicolas Winding Refn
    Starring
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Carey Mulligan
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    Adaptation of the novel by James Saliss.

    Universal Pictures
    Mark Platt Productions
     
    Director Rupert Sanders
    Starring
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Charlize Theron
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    Universal Pictures
    FilmEngine
     
    Shanghai
    Feature
    Director Mikael Hafstrom
    Starring
  • John Cusack
  • Yun-Fat Chow
  • Li Gong
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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    Phoenix Pictures
     
    Director Shekhar Kapur
    Starring
  • Wes Bentley
  • Kate Hudson
  • Heath Ledger
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    Adaptation of the novel by A. E. W. Mason

    Paramount
    Miramax
     
    Producer Lawrence Bender, Marty Katz
    Director John Dahl
    Starring
  • Benjamin Bratt
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • James Franco
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    Miramax Films
     
    Gangs Of New York
    Oscar Nominated: Best Original Screenplay
    Feature
    Director Martin Scorcese
    Starring
  • Daniel Day Lewis
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Leonardo di Caprio
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    Miramax Films
     
    The Wings Of The Dove
    Oscar Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay
    Feature
    Producer David Parfitt
    Director Ian Softley
    Starring
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Alison Elliott
  • Linus Roache
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    Adaptation of the novel by Henry James.

    Miramax Films
     
    Jude
    Feature
    Producer Andrew Eaton
    Director Michael Winterbottom
    Starring
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • Kate Winslet
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    Adaptation of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.

    Polygram/BBC
    Revolution Films
     
    Director Diarmuid Lawrence
    Starring
  • Amanda Donohue
  • Colin Salmon
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    BBC 2
    Granada
     
    The Dying Of The Light
    BAFTA Nominated: Best Single Drama
    Feature
    Director Peter Kosminsky
    Starring
  • George Asprey
  • Todd Boyce
  • Christopher Caesar
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    ITV
    Yorkshire TV
     
    Killshot
    Feature
    Producer Quentin Tarantino
    Director John Madden
    Starring
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Diane Lane
  • Mickey Rourke
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    Miramax
     

    TV

    Writer

    Director Jakob Verbruggen
    Starring
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Daniel Bruhl
  • Luke Evans
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    Paramount
     
    McMafia
    8 x 60'
    Director James Watkins
    Starring
  • James Norton
  • David Strathairn
  • Juliet Rylance
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    Adaptation of the true crime book by Misha Glenny.

    Cuba Pictures
     

    Book

    Writer