Rowan Joffe

Writer and director for film and television
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Biography

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.

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TV

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
 

Writer & Director

Starring
  • Matthew MacFadyen
  • Holly Aird
  •  
    Television drama about a convicted paedophile struggling not to reoffend
    Kudos Film and Television for Channel 4
     

    Director

    The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall
    BAFTA Craft Awards Winner: Best Director (Fiction)
    Producer Barney Reisz
    Writer Simon Block
    Starring
  • Stephenh Dillane
  • Kerry Fox
  • Matthew McNulty
  •  
    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

    Producer Michelle Buck and Derek Wax
     
    Television serial
    United for Granada Television
     
    Gas Attack
    1 x 90'
    Producer David Hart
    Director Kenneth Glenaan
    Starring
  • Liam Brennan
  • Morag Calder
  • Benae Hassan
  • Robina Qureshi
  •  
    Drama following a group of asylum seekers as they are struck down by a mysterious illness
    Hart Ryan 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
    Starring
  • Rae Baker
  • Glynis Barber
  • Tim Dantay
  • Charlie Hayes
  •  
    Afternoon play following a bored housewife who finds glamour when she starts a job belly-dancing
    BBC 1
     
    Producer Ruth Caleb
    Director Pawel Pawlikowski
    Starring
  • Paddy Considine
  • Dina Korzun
  • Artyom Strelnikov
  •  
    Drama charting a young mother and her son's struggle to escape the British asylum system
    BBC
     
     
    Television drama for the BBC
    BBC for BBC
     
    Producer Liza Marshall
     
    Television drama for BBC
    BBC
     

    Film

    Writer & Director

    Producer Mark Gill, Avi Lerner, Liza Marshall & Matthew O'Toole
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
     

    Writer

     

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

    Universal Pictures
    ImageMovers
    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
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
     

    Theatre

    Writer

     
    Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford
     
    Producer Andrea Cornwall
     
    C Venue, Edinburgh
     
    Producer RSC
     
    Soho Theatre