Rowan Joffé

Rowan Marc Joffé (born 1973)[1] is a British screenwriter and director. He is the son of director Roland Joffé and actress Jane Lapotaire, and half-brother of actress Nathalie Lunghi.[2] Joffé began writing plays in university and was eventually awarded a Cameron Mackintosh bursary.[2]

Rowan Joffé
Rowan Marc Joffé

1973 (age 47–48)
London, England
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Parent(s)Roland Joffé
Jane Lapotaire
RelativesNathalie Lunghi (half-sister)

Joffé's first two screenwriting projects (Last Resort and Gas Attack) both won the Best New British Feature Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His 2003 television drama Turkish Delight, about a bored housewife who starts a new job belly dancing, won the Royal television Society's Best Drama Award (Midland).[3] He directed The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall which won the Best Single Drama Award at the 2009 BAFTA TV Awards.[4]

In 2009, Joffé directed his first feature film, his own adaptation of the novel Brighton Rock which relocates the action to the 1960s.[5]

In 2010, Joffé wrote a screenplay based on the novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth.[6] It was directed by Anton Corbijn with George Clooney in the leading role, and was eventually released under the title The American (film).

Joffé's next project as director was an adaptation of the S.J. Watson novel Before I Go to Sleep,[7] with Nicole Kidman in the lead.[8] Joffé also wrote the screenplay adaptation.

In 2017, Tin Star, for which Joffé serves as creator and producer, debuted on Sky Atlantic in 2017. The series, starring Tim Roth, was picked up by Amazon streaming service for distribution in the United States.[9]



  1. ^ "Rowan Joffé, Volume No: 5E, Page #2077".
  2. ^ a b Neustatter, Angela (2007-04-11). "Rowan Joffe is bracing himself for a storm of controversy over his drama Secret Life". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  3. ^ "BBC – Press Office – RTS Midlands Awards". Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  4. ^ Agency Profile
  5. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2008-05-15). "Optimum to remake 'Brighton Rock'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-05-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ 2007 Guardian Interview
  7. ^ Before I Go to Sleep
  8. ^ Multi-Dimensional Sales Art for Before I Go to Sleep
  9. ^ "Amazon Takes Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Revenge Thriller Series 'Tin Star'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-04.

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