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Simon Beaufoy

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Simon’s latest project Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, for Kudos Film & TV/ BBC Films, starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas and directed by Lasse Hallstrom was released in the UK in March 2012.

Simon is currently creating a TV series for HBO , exec producing alongside Russell Crowe and Maria Bello, and inspired by the book Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell on Earth by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait and Andrew Thomson, the project revolves around the larger-than-life exploits of expatriate non-government organization workers who find their sanity tested in the face of atrocities, loneliness and primal desires. The book chronicles the real-life experiences of Cain, Postlewait and Thomson, who met in Cambodia during the 1990s as members of a UN peacekeeping mission.

Other projects include; adaptations of Journey To The River Sea for Kudos Film & TV, Roger Deakins’ Waterlog for BBC4 and the cult novel The Raw Shark Texts for Blueprint Pictures/Film 4.

Simon’s 127 Hours won the WGGB award for Best Screenplay. It also received 8 BAFTA nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best British Film, as well as being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

Slumdog Millionaire scooped 8 Oscar wins at the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009; including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film. 

In 2009 Simon also completed Burn Up, his climate change drama for Kudos/BBC and Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams (Kudos/Focus).

Previously Simon’s work includes: The Full Monty:

His first full-length feature, it filmed in 1996 as a Redwave Productions film for Fox Searchlight and was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film; the Writers’ Guild of America award for Best Original Screenplay; and Golden Globe Best Picture and Golden Satellite Best Original Screenplay awards; and for 11 BAFTA awards (of which it won – among others – Best Film and Daily Mail Readers’ Award for Best Film). It won The Evening Standard Best Film award and audience awards at many film festivals around the world and in 2001 was voted the Best English Film Ever by Empire Online readers. The screenplay is published by Screen Press Books.

His next feature Among Giants (a triangular love story about pylon painters in Yorkshire, written beforeMonty) was produced by Kudos Productions and released in 1999.

His third The Darkest Light filmed in 1998 for his own company, Footprint Films backed by Pathé, with Simon co-directing (with Bille Eltringham) from his own script.

Yasmin, the first feature film to be funded by Screen Yorkshire’s Production Fund was filmed in Keighley in 2003 and tells the story of a British Muslim woman caught in a post- September 11 nightmare when her Pakistani-born husband is falsely imprisoned as a terrorist suspect.

His low budget DV film, This Is Not A Love Song was shot in Scotland in 2004 to great critical acclaim.

Simon is a graduate of Bournemouth Film School where he produced Release Me, a half-hour drama premiered on BBC 2 which won five awards at international film festivals; he subsequently made a half-hour documentary Shattered Dream, a co-production with John Gau Productions, broadcast on BBC 2′s 40 Minutes in 1993. Simon’s first script, Cello, won the Euston Films Best Script Award at the 1991 Fuji Film Competition. Physics For Fish, co-written and co-directed with Bille Eltringham, was produced for BBC 2′s 10 x 10 series and was transmitted in December ’93. In June ’96 Simon co-directed a short with Bille Eltringham, Yellow, which he and Bille co-wrote for Footprint/BFI/Channel 4. In October ’96 he co-directed (again with Bille Eltringham) Closer for Footprint/BBC/Channel 4, as part of the Brief Encounters strand.

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