Rowan Joffe

Writer and director for film and television
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Rowan Joffe is an 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.

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 is currently developing Tin Star, an original television show about a remote mountain town overrun with migrant oil workers, with Kudos for Sky Atlantic.



Writer & Creator

Tin Star
1 x 60'

Crime series set in a remote mountain town filled with migrant oil workers

Kudos Film and Television for Sky Atlantic
In development


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


    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
    BBC for 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



    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
    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