Writer and director for film and television

Rowan Joffe is a multi award winning writer and director, whose directorial debut, Secret Life, was hailed as ‘a masterpiece' by critics at both The Times and The Guardian newspapers.

His second directing project, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, won Rowan a BAFTA Award for Best Fiction Director 2009, as well as a host of award nominations, including nominations for Best Single Drama at both the BAFTAs and the RTS Awards. Rowan's other awards and nominations across his illustrious career include the WGGB Best Long Form Series Award, the Best Director Award at the 49th Monte Carlo TV Festival, the RTS Society Best Drama Award, The Clarion Award, The Grearson Award for Best Drama Documentary and two consecutive Michael Powell Awards at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

In 2009, Rowan wrote and began directing his film adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel, Brighton Rock, for Optimum Films, which was released in 2011. Rowan also wrote and directed Before I Go to Sleep, adapted from the hit novel by SJ Watson, which starred Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong and was released in 2014.

Rowan also wrote the screenplay for 28 Weeks Later, starring Rose Byrne and Robert Carlyle, and the highly acclaimed US Box Office number one The American, starring George Clooney. 

Rowan's highly acclaimed and award nominated original television show Tin Star, starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, was the most successful show on Sky Atlantic in 2017 and has since broadcast on Channel 4. The second season aired on Sky Atlantic in January 2019 and the third series aired in late 2020.

Rowan currently has several new projects in development for Film & TV including; Ballad Of A Smaller Player with Good Chaos, Martin Beck with Endeavor Content, Aphra Behn with Cuba Pictures, Simon Riske with eOne, Locked In with Gaumont/Netflix, Stolen with Vertigo Films and Two Men with Gaumont.



Writer & Creator 

Tin Star 3
6 x 60'
  • Tim Roth
  • Genevieve O'Reilly
  • Sky Original crime series

    Kudos Film & Television for SKY Atlantic
    Tin Star 2
    Nominated for Writers Guild of Great Britain Best Long Form Series
    10 x 60'
  • Tim Roth
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Sky Original crime series

    Kudos Film and Television for SKY Atlantic

    Writer & Director & Creator 

    Tin Star
    Nominated for Broadcast Awards Best Drama and an Edinburgh TV Festival Best Drama Series Award 2018
    10 x 60'
  • Tim Roth
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Sky Original crime series

    Kudos Film and Television for SKY Atlantic


    The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall
    BAFTA Craft Awards Winner: Best Director (Fiction)
    1 x 90'
    Producer Barney Reisz
    Writer Simon Block
  • Stephen Dillane
  • Kerry Fox
  • Matthew McNulty
  • Denise Gough
  • Tom McKay
  • Film dramatising the struggle of Anthony and Jocelyn Hurndall to establish the truth about their son's death in Gaza
    Talkback Thames for Channel 4

    Writer & Director 

    Producer Madonna Baptiste
  • Matthew MacFadyen
  • Holly Aird
  • Philip Davis
  • Yasmin Paige
  • Angel Coulby
  • Television drama about a convicted paedophile struggling not to reoffend
    Kudos Film and Television for Channel 4


    Vertigo Films/Cattleya
    In development

    Simon Riske is the first in a series of novels by bestselling author Christopher Reich, about a freelance industrial spy.

    Entertainment One
    In development
    In development

    Adapted from the hugely acclaimed Swedish crime fiction series novels.

    Endeavor Content / Twelve Town
    In Development

    Adapting the life story of Aphra Behn, one of the first women to earn a living from writing in 17th Century England.

    Cuba Pictures
    In Development
    The Afternoon Play: Turkish Delight
    Winner: Royal Television Society Best Drama Award
    1 x 60'
    Producer Carson Black, Serena Cullen, Mal Young
    Director Adrian Bean
  • Rae Baker
  • Glynis Barber
  • Tim Dantay
  • Charlie Hayes
  • Denise Welch
  • Afternoon play following a bored housewife who finds glamour when she starts a job belly-dancing
    BBC 1
    Gas Attack
    1 x 90'
    Producer David Hart
    Director Kenneth Glenaan
  • Liam Brennan
  • Morag Calder
  • Benae Hassan
  • Robina Qureshi
  • Peter Christie
  • Drama following a group of asylum seekers as they are struck down by a mysterious illness
    Hart Ryan for Channel 4
    Producer Michelle Buck and Derek Wax
    Television serial
    United for Granada Television
    Television drama for the BBC
    Producer Liza Marshall
    Television drama for BBC


    Writer & Director 

    Producer Mark Gill, Avi Lerner, Liza Marshall & Matthew O'Toole
  • Anne-Marie Duff
  • Colin Firth
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Mark Strong
  • Adaptation of SJ Watson's novel about a woman with amnesia who doesn't know who her husband really is
    Optimum Releasing
    Scott Free
    Producer Paul Webster
  • John Hurt
  • Helen Mirren
  • Sam Riley
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Adaptation of Graham Greene's novel charting the seedy underworld of Brighton through the eyes of 17 year-old Pinkie
    Optimum Releasing
    Studio Canal


    Gaumont Broadcaster
    In development
    Good Chaos Broadcaster
    In development
    Director Andrea Di Stefano
  • Rosamund Pike
  • Joel Kinnaman
  • Ana de Armas
  • An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.

    Aviron Pictures

    An early 20th century researcher-writer explores teleportation, alien abduction, and other supernatural events

    Universal Pictures
    In development
    Director Ron Howard

    Adapatation of the book by Neil Gaiman about a boy who is raised in a graveyard

    Walt Disney Company
    Start Motion Pictures
    In development

    Adaptation of the novel by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom

    Shine Pictures
    In development
    Producer Anne Carey, George Clooney, Jill Green, Grant Heslov, Ann Wingate
    Director Anton Corbijn
  • George Clooney
  • Thekla Reuten
  • Violante Placido
  • Johan Leysen
  • Irina Björklund
  • Adaptation of Martin Booth's novel about a lone assassin on his final job in Italy
    Focus Entertainment
    Focus Features
    Producer Enrique López-Lavigne, Andrew Macdonald & Allon Reich
    Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
  • Rose Byrne
  • Robert Carlyle
  • Catherine McCormack
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Imogen Poots
  • Sequel to 28 Days Later depicting the survivors' attempt to repopulate London as the virus begins to spread once more
    Fox Searchlight
    DNA Films
    Director Claudia Solti
    Writer Amit Gupta

    Two compulsive thieves Daisy and Wayne, have to change their plans when a chance meeting with the Mafia leads to shotguns, stockings and a hijacking.

    Producer Ruth Caleb
    Director Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Paddy Considine
  • Dina Korzun
  • Artyom Strelnikov
  • Adrian Scarborough
  • Perry Benson
  • Drama charting a young mother and her son's struggle to escape the British asylum system
    BBC Films



    Three plays written for the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation 

    Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford
    Producer Andrea Cornwall
    C Venue, Edinburgh
    Producer RSC
    Director Dominic Madden
  • Jason Connery
  • Thriller about the death of Christopher Marlowe

    Soho Theatre