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Rowan Joffe

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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 directed 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.

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‘Rowan  was unbelievably candid. He really wanted us to learn from his mistakes, and was very critical of himself but in a way that we could learn from’
Guy Mannerings, Screenwriter