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Niall Johnson

Writer

Niall’s writing credits include:

WHITE NOISE (2005), a supernatural thriller starring Michael Keaton, directed by Geoffrey Sax, and produced by Gold Circle Films. It began life as a spec script which Niall sold to Gold Circle in 20023.  The film opened in January 2005 at #1 in the UK and #2 in the US, where it broke the record at the time for the biggest January opening for a non-sequel. It went on to reach the $100m barrier on its worldwide theatrical grosses.

ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE, (2018) animated drama-documentary hybrid based on the memoir by Ryszard Kapuscinski set in the Angolan civil war of the mid-1970s. Winner of the Best Animated Film at the 2018 European Film Awards, it received its World Premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival as Official Selection, and has been winning Audience Awards at a wide range of festivals including San Sebastian. Produced by Kanaki Films, Spain, and Platige Films, Poland, it began its worldwide release in October 2018. “A striking piece of rare immediacy and power” (Hollywood Reporter). “Exhilarating…breath-taking” (Cineuropa). “Matches documentary authenticity with dramatic intensity…commands your attention” (Screen Daily).

KEEPING MUM (2005, also director) a black comedy starring Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Patrick Swayze, and co-written with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Russo (Nobody’s Fool, Empire Falls). It won the 2006 HBO Comedy Arts Festival Screenplay Award in 2006. “A sophisticated gem” (Hollywood Reporter), “British comedy at its very best” (Daily Mirror), “one of the best British film comedies in recent years” (The Times, UK).

MUM’S LIST (2016, also director), a true story weepie romance based on St John Greene’s best-selling memoir, starring Rafe Spall and Emilia Fox. After a theatrical run in the UK its release on DVD/VOD in March 2017 saw it reach #1 on the Amazon DVD/Blu-Ray bestsellers chart within a single day. Official Selection at the Dinard Festival of British Film, at Shanghai, at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, USA (where it won the Audience Award), and at the Festival of British Film at D’Ajaccio in Corsica (where it won the main festival award, the Prize Coup de Couer). “Heartfelt and utterly committed” (The Guardian), “Powerful and beautifully acted” (Mail on Sunday). “A huge emotional rollercoaster, painstakingly handled” (Vue Magazine), “A triumph” (HeyUGuys), “Heart-breaking and uplifting”(Mark Kermode, BBC Radio 5 Live), “Probably the most touching thing I have seen in a while” (BBC Radio 3), “Beautifully well-crafted, staggeringly moving” (Flickreel) “Altogether outstanding. One of the most memorable of 2016.” (The Hollywood News).

THE STOLEN (2017, also director) a Western-styled adventure co-written with producer Emily Corcoran. Set in New Zealand’s 1860s Gold Rush, starring Alice Eve, Jack Davenport, Graham McTavish and Richard O’Brien. It was released in the US by Universal, and enjoyed a successful 16-week theatrical run in New Zealand. “A thrilling adventure. Johnson has brought the characters to the screen with style” (Blazing Minds), “Hard-hitting, engaging and refreshing” (Time Out London), “Pick of the week” (Hello Magazine).

 

Niall began writing and directing movies in the UK at the end of the 1980s, after graduating with First Degree Honours in Drama from Bristol University. He started with a run of low budget features, including vampire romance DAWN (1991), and wife-swapping comedy drama THE BIG SWAP, won the Gold Award at the 1998 Flagstaff Film Festival in Arizona, and was selected as Critic’s Choice at the 1999 Rotterdam Film Festival. It was called “unmissable” (Daily Star), “one of the year’s gems” (Cosmopolitan), and “a tour de force” (Seattle Weekly). In the UK, 1999 it secured a place in the year’s top 30 Video Rental releases. Niall followed that with traditional haunted house tale THE GHOST OF GREVILLE LODGE (1999, starring Prunella Scales and George Cole), which has become a Halloween/Christmas season favorite on TV channels around the world.

 

Born and raised in the Midlands, Niall’s passion for movies is a result of a childhood spent producing epic remakes PLANET OF THE APES, STAR TREK, DOCTOR WHO and BATMAN with his older brother and a silent Kodak 8mm film camera—the most notable recurring feature being his mother’s laundry hanging on the washing line in the back-garden!

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2019
Production (role):
BLACK WATER LANE
Company:
Ensemble Films
Project details:
rewrite on feature with Geoff Sax attached to direct
Date: 2019
Production (role):
BONJOUR ROSSINI
Company:
Nikaia Films SL
Project details:
Polish on feature
Producer Bay Okan
Date: 2018 to present
Production (role):
BORDER GUIDE
Company:
FILM INK
Project details:
feature rewrite
Date: 2018
Production (role):
ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE
Company:
KANAKI FILMS
Project details:
Feature rewrite.
Winner European Film Awards Best Animation feature
Date: 2017-present
Production (role):
SONS OF NEPTUNE
Company:
Eclipse Films
Project details:
Feature in development.
Date: 2017
Production (role):
SIDE KICKED
Company:
London Town Films
Project details:
Romantic comedy feature in development
Date: 2016-17
Production (role):
THE STOLEN (Co-Writer / Director)
Company:
Cork Films / Goldcrest
Project details:
Co written with Emily Corcoran

In post production

Shot in NZ
Date: 2015-16
Production (role):
MUM’S LIST (Writer / Director)
Company:
Acres And Acres Prods.
Project details:
Adaptation of best-selling book, in post

Starring Rafe Spall and Emilia Fox
Date: 2015-Present
Production (role):
EMPTY WORLD
Company:
CANYON CREEK FILMS
Project details:
Writing a feature in development

Prod. Simon Brooks
Date: 2014-15
Production (role):
STIFFS
Company:
Bedlan Productions
Project details:
Feature in development based on the novel Six feet Under
Date: 2014
Production (role):
SCRUM LIKE IT HOT
Project details:
Rewrite

Prod. Francie Von Schonfeld
Date: 2014
Production (role):
ANDROID (Co-Writer / Director)
Company:
Magnet Pics / Divisadero Pics / Infinite Studios, Singapore
Project details:
Sci-fi thriller

Co-written with Matt O’Reilly, and attached to direct in 2016

Prod. Hal Sadoff
Date: 2014
Production (role):
PARALLEL LINES
Project details:
Romantic comedy in development
Date: 2013-14
Production (role):
TREASURE ISLAND
Company:
Ecosse Films
Project details:
Adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, to shoot in Australia
Date: 2012
Production (role):
THE ALEXANDER KING CHRONICLES
Company:
Ecosse Films
Project details:
Edwardian supernatural thriller
Date: 2012
Production (role):
THE CALLED
Company:
Tall Man Films
Project details:
Supernatural thriller in development, attached to direct

Prod. Tim Dennison
Date: 2011
Production (role):
THE WILLIAM RICHARDS
Company:
Magnet Pictures
Project details:
Comedy-drama feature
Date: 2011
Production (role):
CALLAS
Company:
De Angelis Productions, Italy
Project details:
Bio-pic
Date: 2011
Production (role):
ENDAL
Company:
Canyon Creek Films
Project details:
Single film script based on true story

Prod. Simon Brooks
Date: 2010
Production (role):
THE ONE I LOVE
Company:
Progress Pictures / Future Films
Project details:
Triangular love story
Date: 2010
Production (role):
BLIND SPOT (Attached to Direct)
Company:
Magnet Pictures, LA
Project details:
Contemporary noir thriller set in New York

Wr. Vince Keenan
Date: 2008
Production (role):
THE STAND-IN
Project details:
Psychological thriller based on Deborah Moggach’s novel

Prod. Marc Samuelson
Date: 2005
Production (role):
WHITE NOISE
Company:
Produced by Gold Circle Films
Project details:
Supernatural thriller

Dir. Geoff Sax

Starring Michael Keaton
Date: 2005
Production (role):
KEEPING MUM (Co-Writer / Director)
Company:
Summit Entertainment
Project details:
Black comedy

Co-Written with Richard Russo

Starring Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas and Patrick Swayze
Date: 2004
Production (role):
THE NIGHT COUNTRY
Project details:
Adaptation of Stuart O’Nan’s novel

Prod. Nick Wechsler
Date: 2003
Production (role):
BEFORE
Company:
Universal Pictures
Project details:
Supernatural reincarnation thriller

Prod. Hal Lieberman
Date: 2002
Production (role):
ANGEL FACE
Company:
Haystack Productions
Project details:
Teen romantic comedy

Prods. Debbie Balderstone and Xavier Marchand
Date: 2001
Production (role):
THE GATECRASHER
Project details:
Romantic comedy about a wannabe filmmaker at Cannes

Prod. Ivan MacTaggart
Date: 2001
Production (role):
TELL
Project details:
Feature based on the story of William Tell

Prod. Julia Palau
Date: 2000
Production (role):
DEATH KNELL
Company:
Renown Pictures / Dandelion Distribution
Project details:
Adaptation of Nicholas Wilde’s family murder mystery

Prod. Noel Cronin
Date: 1999
Production (role):
THE GHOST OF GREVILLE LODGE (Writer / Director)
Company:
Renown Pictures
Project details:
Starring George Cole and Prunella Scales
Date: 1998
Production (role):
THE BIG SWAP (Writer / Producer / Director)
Company:
Moonlit Pictures / Mayfair Entertainment / Film.Four
Project details:
Comedy drama feature theatrically released in Europe

Gold Award at 1998 Flagstaff Film Festival in Arizona

Critic’s Choice at 1999 Rotterdam Film Festival
Date: 1991
Production (role):
DAWN (Writer / Producer / Director)
Company:
Shooting Gallery Productions
Project details:
Vampire romance
TELEVISION
Date: 2019
Production (role):
SHIMMERS
Company:
Netflix Asia
Project details:
reworking pilot for thriller series set in Thailand

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): BLACK WATER LANE
    Company: Ensemble Films
    Project details: rewrite on feature with Geoff Sax attached to direct
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): BONJOUR ROSSINI
    Company: Nikaia Films SL
    Project details: Polish on feature
    Producer Bay Okan
  • Date: 2018 to present
    Production (role): BORDER GUIDE
    Company: FILM INK
    Project details: feature rewrite
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE
    Company: KANAKI FILMS
    Project details: Feature rewrite.
    Winner European Film Awards Best Animation feature
  • Date: 2017-present
    Production (role): SONS OF NEPTUNE
    Company: Eclipse Films
    Project details: Feature in development.
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): SIDE KICKED
    Company: London Town Films
    Project details: Romantic comedy feature in development
  • Date: 2016-17
    Production (role): THE STOLEN (Co-Writer / Director)
    Company: Cork Films / Goldcrest
    Project details: Co written with Emily Corcoran

    In post production

    Shot in NZ
  • Date: 2015-16
    Production (role): MUM’S LIST (Writer / Director)
    Company: Acres And Acres Prods.
    Project details: Adaptation of best-selling book, in post

    Starring Rafe Spall and Emilia Fox
  • Date: 2015-Present
    Production (role): EMPTY WORLD
    Company: CANYON CREEK FILMS
    Project details: Writing a feature in development

    Prod. Simon Brooks
  • Date: 2014-15
    Production (role): STIFFS
    Company: Bedlan Productions
    Project details: Feature in development based on the novel Six feet Under
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): SCRUM LIKE IT HOT
    Company:
    Project details: Rewrite

    Prod. Francie Von Schonfeld
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): ANDROID (Co-Writer / Director)
    Company: Magnet Pics / Divisadero Pics / Infinite Studios, Singapore
    Project details: Sci-fi thriller

    Co-written with Matt O’Reilly, and attached to direct in 2016

    Prod. Hal Sadoff
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): PARALLEL LINES
    Company:
    Project details: Romantic comedy in development
  • Date: 2013-14
    Production (role): TREASURE ISLAND
    Company: Ecosse Films
    Project details: Adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, to shoot in Australia
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): THE ALEXANDER KING CHRONICLES
    Company: Ecosse Films
    Project details: Edwardian supernatural thriller
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): THE CALLED
    Company: Tall Man Films
    Project details: Supernatural thriller in development, attached to direct

    Prod. Tim Dennison
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): THE WILLIAM RICHARDS
    Company: Magnet Pictures
    Project details: Comedy-drama feature
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): CALLAS
    Company: De Angelis Productions, Italy
    Project details: Bio-pic
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): ENDAL
    Company: Canyon Creek Films
    Project details: Single film script based on true story

    Prod. Simon Brooks
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): THE ONE I LOVE
    Company: Progress Pictures / Future Films
    Project details: Triangular love story
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): BLIND SPOT (Attached to Direct)
    Company: Magnet Pictures, LA
    Project details: Contemporary noir thriller set in New York

    Wr. Vince Keenan
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): THE STAND-IN
    Company:
    Project details: Psychological thriller based on Deborah Moggach’s novel

    Prod. Marc Samuelson
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): WHITE NOISE
    Company: Produced by Gold Circle Films
    Project details: Supernatural thriller

    Dir. Geoff Sax

    Starring Michael Keaton
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): KEEPING MUM (Co-Writer / Director)
    Company: Summit Entertainment
    Project details: Black comedy

    Co-Written with Richard Russo

    Starring Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas and Patrick Swayze
  • Date: 2004
    Production (role): THE NIGHT COUNTRY
    Company:
    Project details: Adaptation of Stuart O’Nan’s novel

    Prod. Nick Wechsler
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): BEFORE
    Company: Universal Pictures
    Project details: Supernatural reincarnation thriller

    Prod. Hal Lieberman
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): ANGEL FACE
    Company: Haystack Productions
    Project details: Teen romantic comedy

    Prods. Debbie Balderstone and Xavier Marchand
  • Date: 2001
    Production (role): THE GATECRASHER
    Company:
    Project details: Romantic comedy about a wannabe filmmaker at Cannes

    Prod. Ivan MacTaggart
  • Date: 2001
    Production (role): TELL
    Company:
    Project details: Feature based on the story of William Tell

    Prod. Julia Palau
  • Date: 2000
    Production (role): DEATH KNELL
    Company: Renown Pictures / Dandelion Distribution
    Project details: Adaptation of Nicholas Wilde’s family murder mystery

    Prod. Noel Cronin
  • Date: 1999
    Production (role): THE GHOST OF GREVILLE LODGE (Writer / Director)
    Company: Renown Pictures
    Project details: Starring George Cole and Prunella Scales
  • Date: 1998
    Production (role): THE BIG SWAP (Writer / Producer / Director)
    Company: Moonlit Pictures / Mayfair Entertainment / Film.Four
    Project details: Comedy drama feature theatrically released in Europe

    Gold Award at 1998 Flagstaff Film Festival in Arizona

    Critic’s Choice at 1999 Rotterdam Film Festival
  • Date: 1991
    Production (role): DAWN (Writer / Producer / Director)
    Company: Shooting Gallery Productions
    Project details: Vampire romance
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): SHIMMERS
    Company: Netflix Asia
    Project details: reworking pilot for thriller series set in Thailand