Joe Shrapnel

Writer for film and television

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Biography

Joe Shrapnel read English at St. Anne's College, Oxford, where he edited the magazines The Word and Isis. After graduating with his master's degree he worked for two years as a development producer at World Productions, before moving into writing.

As a freelance writer he has developed single drama and series television in the UK, and feature films in the US. In 2008 his short film The Tonto Woman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Since 2005 he has collaborated on screenplays with Anna Waterhouse and the pair wrote the released film Frankie and Alice, directed by Geoffrey Sax and starring Halle Berry and Stellan Skarsgard. 

Most recently they have written Seberg for director Stephen Hopkins/Scott Free; The Roots of Heaven for Scott Free/ Twentieth Century Fox and director Ridley Scott; Race for Forecast Pictures; Diamond for Derby Street Films and Grassfor Focus Features/Steel Mill Pictures and director Tom Green.


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Film
Writer
Circle of Treason Feature
2013
Focus Features
In development
Writer Joe Shrapnel

Based on the book about the CIA traitor, Aldriche Ames.  Co-written with Anna Waterhouse

Dunkirk Feature
2013
Working Title
In development
Director Olly Parker
Writer Joe Shrapnel

Feature rewrite about the evacuation of Dunkirk, co-written with Anna Waterhouse

Untitled Gucci Project Feature
2013
Scott Free
In development
Writer Joe Shrapnel

True story of the Gucci family co-written with Anna Waterhouse

Grass Feature
2013
Focus Features
In development
Director Tom Green
Writer Joe Shrapnel

Re-write with Anna Waterhouse

Race Feature
2013
Forecast Pictures
In development
Writer Joe Shrapnel

Feature film about Jesse Owens, co-written with Anna Waterhouse

The Roots of Heaven Feature
2013
Scott Free for Twentieth Century Fox
In development
Director Ridley Scott
Writer Joe Shrapnel

Co-written with Anna Waterhouse

Diamond Feature
2012
Derby Street Films
In development
Producer Nicola Horlick
Writer Joe Shrapnel

Gangster film set in 1960's swinging London co-written by Anna Waterhouse

Frankie & Alice Feature
2010
Access Motion Pictures for Checkmark
Producer Halle Berry
Director Geoffry Sax
Writer Joe Shrapnel
Starring Halle Berry & Stellan Skarsgard

Co-written with Anna Waterhouse; a moving psychological drama based on the harrowing true story of Frankie Murdoch

The Light of Day Feature
2010
Plural-Jempsa Productions
In development
Producer Sebastian Aloi
Writer Joe Shrapnel

 
Untitled Chicago Project Feature
2010
Dark Harbour Productions
In development
Director David Schwimmer
Writer Joe Shrapnel

 
Chicken Feature
2008
DeMann Company
Writer Joe Shrapnel

 
Seberg Feature
2008
Totally Commercial Films
Director Stephen Hopkins
Writer Joe Shrapnel

Original feature

Loser Deals Feature
2007

 
Writer Joe Shrapnel

 
The Tonto Woman Short
2007
Knucklehead
Director Daniel Barber
Writer Joe Shrapnel
Starring Charlotte Asprey, Richard Brake & Francesco Quinn

 
In Theory Feature
2006
FourBoys Films
Writer Joe Shrapnel

 
Television
Writer
Thorne: Sleepyhead 2010
Sky One for Sky One
3 x 60'
Producer Jolyon Symonds and Joel Ransom
Director Stephen Hopkins
Writer Joe Shrapnel
Starring Aiden Gillen, Eddie Marsan, Natashca McElhone & David Morrissey

Rewrite of the three-part thriller series for Sky One

White Knight 2000
BBC2
Producer Various
Director Nick Laughland
Writer Joe Shrapnel
Starring Clive Russel & Lucy Whybrow

 
Theatre
Writer
Holy Smoke 2010

Producer Nica Burns
Writer Joe Shrapnel

Theatrical adaptation of Jane Campion's film starring Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel