Following his graduating with a degree in English Literature from University
London, STEVEN KNIGHT worked as a copywriter/ producer for a
advertising agency and then as a copywriter/ producer at Capital Radio. In 1988
and Mike Whitehill began a freelance writing partnership providing material for
television. They wrote for Canned Carrott, Commercial Breakdown, The Detectives
and many other programmes. They also devised game shows including Who Wants
To Be A Millionaire? with David Briggs. Knight has written screenplays including
Dirty Pretty Things, which was directed by Stephen Frears. Knight received
BAFTA and European Film Award nominations for his screenplay and won a British
Independent Film Award. His further screenplays Amazing Grace, directed by
Michael Apted, and Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg, also picked
awards and nominations. Eastern Promises won the best screenplay at Canada's
awards and was nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs. Hummingbird,
Knight's first film as a writer-director, starred Jason Statham and was released
Lionsgate in the UK in June 2013. Knight has also written a play called The
Of An Empty Room for the National Theatre and published four novels. His next
screenplay to be made into a film is set to be The Hundred-Foot Journey, to be
directed by Lasse Hallstrom for DreamWorks Studios.
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