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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. Although he returned to his medical practice, Hodge continued to write scenarios. His sophomore effort was the adaptation of Irvin Welsh's novel "Trainspotting" (1995; released in the US in 1996), an ensemble piece delving into the drug culture of Glasgow. Like "Shallow Grave", it demonstrated the influence of American films on Hodge's work, with its devotion to story over mere character development. Thrillingly directed by Boyle and featuring a star-making turn by McGregor, "Trainspotting" courted controversy with its intense depiction of heroin use. Hodge...

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.

Although he returned to his medical practice, Hodge continued to write scenarios. His sophomore effort was the adaptation of Irvin Welsh's novel "Trainspotting" (1995; released in the US in 1996), an ensemble piece delving into the drug culture of Glasgow. Like "Shallow Grave", it demonstrated the influence of American films on Hodge's work, with its devotion to story over mere character development. Thrillingly directed by Boyle and featuring a star-making turn by McGregor, "Trainspotting" courted controversy with its intense depiction of heroin use. Hodge received the 1995 British Academy Award for his script. Hodge and Boyle next fashioned "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), a road picture with romantic comedy overtones that teamed McGregor and Cameron Diaz.

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 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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