Lem Dobbs (born Anton Lemuel Kitaj; 24 December 1958) is a British-American screenwriter, best known for the films Dark City (1998) and The Limey (1999). He was born in Oxford, England, and is the son of the painter R. B. Kitaj. The nom de plume "Dobbs" was taken from the character played by Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
Anton Lemuel Kitaj
24 December 1958
|Education||American School London, England|
|Parent(s)||R. B. Kitaj (father), Elsi Roessler (mother)|
Dobbs's earliest work in the film industry was as a child actor in The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972), a short film that was the last collaboration between director Michael Powell and the screenwriter/producer Emeric Pressburger.
In 1979, Dobbs wrote Edward Ford, an original screenplay that remains unproduced. Critic Matthew Dessem has called the script "famously brilliant, famously unproduced", and asserts that "most of Hollywood" agrees it is a "masterpiece". On the basis of another unproduced screenplay, The Marvel of the Haunted Castle, Dobbs was hired to rewrite Diane Thomas's screenplay for Romancing the Stone (1984), though his contributions went uncredited.
Following that film's success, several films based on Dobbs's screenplays were produced: Hider in the House (1989), The Hard Way (1991), Kafka (1991), which Dobbs wrote in the 1970s, and The Limey (1999). He was also credited as co-writer on Dark City (1998), The Score (2001), and Haywire (2012), an action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh (who also directed Kafka and The Limey).
Dobbs has spoken on DVD commentary tracks for his films Dark City and The Limey, and (as a film historian) for the unrelated "In the French Style" (1963), Von Ryan's Express (1965), The Sand Pebbles (1966), and Double Indemnity (1945), the last due to his personal friendship with the director Billy Wilder.
|1972||The Boy Who Turned Yellow||Munro||As Lem Kitaj|
|1984||Romancing the Stone||Uncredited contributions|
|1989||Hider in the House||Written by, co-producer|
|1991||The Hard Way||Screenplay by, story by||Co-wrote screenplay with Daniel Pyne, co-wrote story with Michael Kozoll|
|1998||Dark City||Screenplay by||Co-wrote screenplay with Alex Proyas and David S. Goyer, based on a story by Alex Proyas|
|1999||The Limey||Written by|
|2001||The Score||Screenplay by||Co-wrote screenplay with Kario Salem and Scott Marshall Smith, based on a story by Daniel E. Taylor and Kario Salem|
|2012||The Company You Keep||Screenplay by|
|2013||Skating to New York||Thanks|
|2018||Gotti||Written by, co-producer||Co-wrote with Leo Rossi|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2019||Golden Raspberry Awards||Gotti||Worst Screenplay||Nominated|||
|2000||Film Independent Spirit Awards||The Limey||Best Screenplay||Nominated|||
|1999||Bram Stoker Award||Dark City||Best Screenplay||Won|||
|1999||Saturn Awards||Dark City||Best Screenplay||Nominated|||
|1999||Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Dark City||Best Screenplay||Won|||
|1999||Hugo Awards||Dark City||Best Screenplay||Nominated|||
|1992||Film Independent Spirit Awards||Kafka||Best Screenplay||Nominated|||
- Dessem, Matthew (2012-11-15). "The Great American Unproduced Screenplay: Three Oscar nominees are the latest to try their hand at Edward Ford, a masterpiece despite the fact—because of the fact?—that it has never been filmed". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
- Carver, Benedict (June 25, 1998). "Soderbergh helms Limey". Variety. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
- "39th Razzie Nominations!". YouTube: Razzie Channel.
- ""Lem Dobbs - IMDB"". IMDB - Lem Dobbs.