In 1988, STEVEN KNIGHT (Writer and Director) and Mike Whitehill started a freelance writing partnership providing material for television. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which was co-created by Steve and produced by Celador, won awards around the globe including a BAFTA, National Television Awards, Indie Awards, Broadcast Awards, New York Festival, Silver Rose of Montreux and the Queen's Award for Enterprise.
His first screenplay, Dirty Pretty Things, directed by Stephen Frears, premiered at the 2002 Venice Film Festival to outstanding reviews and was selected toopen the prestigious London Film Festival in the same year. The film was released in the UK and the US to universal critical acclaim. It won a host of awards including four BIFA's (British Independent Film Awards), Evening Standard British Film Awards for Best Film & Best Actor, the Humanitas Award, the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Screenwriter, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
In 2007, twomoreof Knight's screenplays were made into feature films; Amazing Grace, directed by Michael Apted, about the life of the British anti-slavery politician William Wilberforce; and Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg, starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts, which centred on London's Russian crime community.
His first stage play, The President of an Empty Room, directed by Howard Davies, opened at the National Theatre in London in 2005.
In addition, he has had four novels published; The Movie House; Alphabet City; Out of the Blue; and in 2011, his first children's novel, The Last Words of Will Wolfkin.
Knight has a number of screenwriting projects in developmentas well as the feature film Closed Circuit, which has been directed by John Crowley and will be brought to the big screen in 2013. Knight is also an executive producer on Peaky Blinders for the BBC, which he created and wrote, andis currently in production.
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