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Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: screenwriter, actor, physician

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A practicing physician in Britain, the Scottish-born John Hodge began a second career as a well-regarded screenwriter in the 1990s. He has also forged a working relationship with director Danny Boyle and actor Ewan McGregor. His first produced script, "Shallow Grave" (1994), was an original thriller centering on three Scottish roommates who take in a border who dies. The trio then discover a suitcase full of money and their greed and dark sides surface, revealing the superficial nature of privilege and breeding when money is involved. A critical success, the feature also marked Hodge's debut as an actor in the small role of a detective constable.

A practicing physician in Britain, the Scottish-born John Hodge began a second career as a well-regarded screenwriter in the 1990s. He has also forged a working relationship with director Danny Boyle and actor Ewan McGregor. His first produced script, "Shallow Grave" (1994), was an original thriller centering on three Scottish roommates who take in a border who dies. The trio then discover a suitcase full of money and their greed and dark sides surface, revealing the superficial nature of privilege and breeding when money is involved. A critical success, the feature also marked Hodge's debut as an actor in the small role of a detective constable.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Shallow Grave (1994) Mitchell
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1987:
Worked as physician at Scottish hospitals
1991:
Met Andrew Macdonald at Edinburgh Film Festival
1993:
Moved to London; continued working as physician
1994:
Wrote first feature film "Shallow Grave," directed by Danny Boyle, produced by Andrew Macdonald, and featuring Ewan McGregor; also made acting debut with minor role
1996:
Wrote screen adaptation of Irvin Welsh novel "Trainspotting," also directed by Boyle and featuring McGregor; made cameo as a security officer
1997:
Third screen collaboration with Boyle and McGregor, romantic comedy "A Life Less Ordinary"
2000:
Adapted Alex Garland's novel "The Beach," directed by Boyle and produced by Macdonald; McGregor originally expected to star but due to other commitments, lead role given to Leonardo DiCaprio
2001:
Penned "The Final Curtain," directed by Patrick Harkins
2002:
Scripted short film "Alien Love Triangle"
2007:
Wrote screenplay for fantasy drama "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising"
2012:
Co-wrote "The Sweeney" with director Nick Love
2013:
Re-teamed with director Danny Boyle as co-writer (with Joe Ahearne) drama-thriller "Trance"
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Education

University of Edinburgh: - 1982 - 1987

Notes

"When I began writing I'd seen a succession of American films which had one thing in common--a small group of people working out their differences in a tight situation over a short period of time. With the script of "Shallow Grave" it was important that something happened every page or so. I didn't want it to be a study of character for its own sake; that should be grafted onto a healthy narrative, rather than the narrative acting as an afterthought to some expression of humanity." --Hodge quoted in the press kit for "Shallow Grave"

"There's no doubt in my mind--being a doctor is more interesting a job than being a screenwriter . . . You work with other people, you see more intersting things . . . Disease and treatment are genuinely intriguing. Whereas a screenwriter sits alone in a room." --Hodge quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 2, 1997

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wife:
Lucy Hodge. Pharmacist. Married on March 29, 1997.

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sister:
Grace Hodge. Sound editor. Introduced Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald; served as head of development with Macdonald's DNA Films.

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