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Birth Place: Iran Profession: screenwriter

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One of Britain's hottest young screenwriters, Iranian-born Hossein Amini wrote the teleplay for Peter Kosminsky's "Dying of the Light" (1995), a based-on-fact drama about the outspoken UNICEF aid worker in Africa, Sean Devereux, who was assassinated in Somalia. The program earned a BAFTA Award nomination as Best Single Drama. A screen version of Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure" became his first produced feature, Michael Winterbottom's "Jude" (1996), winning both the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and Best Film at the Dinard Film Festival. Amini's adaptation of Henry James, Iain Softley's "The Wings of the Dove" (1997), raised his star to new heights, putting him in league with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as a leading translator of Victorian and Edwardian fiction into the language of film.

One of Britain's hottest young screenwriters, Iranian-born Hossein Amini wrote the teleplay for Peter Kosminsky's "Dying of the Light" (1995), a based-on-fact drama about the outspoken UNICEF aid worker in Africa, Sean Devereux, who was assassinated in Somalia. The program earned a BAFTA Award nomination as Best Single Drama. A screen version of Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure" became his first produced feature, Michael Winterbottom's "Jude" (1996), winning both the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and Best Film at the Dinard Film Festival. Amini's adaptation of Henry James, Iain Softley's "The Wings of the Dove" (1997), raised his star to new heights, putting him in league with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as a leading translator of Victorian and Edwardian fiction into the language of film.

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1995:
Wrote teleplay for Peter Kosminsky's "The Dying of the Light"; nominated for a BAFTA as Best Single Drama
1996:
Adapted Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure" as Michael Winterbottom's "Jude"
1997:
Breakout screenplay, "The Wings of the Dove," adapted from the Henry James story; earned Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination
2002:
Wrote the screenplay for the war drama "Four Feathers"
2010:
Penned the epic love story/thriller "Shanghai"
2011:
Wrote screenplay for crime drama "Drive," directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and adapted from James Sallis' book
2012:
Co-wrote screenplay for "Snow White and the Huntsman"
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Amini wrote the script for "Jude" in a contemporary language which a contemporary audience would immediately recognize. "I hate traditional costume dramas which employ period language, they always seem to have too many words and consequently seem very stiff, very invented. I am more influenced by the language of cinema than by literature. Its sparseness appeals to me." --Hossein Amini in the press kit for "Jude" (1996)

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