Jeremy Brock (Writer/Director)
A graduate of the BBC's directors' course, Brock has enjoyed a successful screenwriting career since 1985. He wrote "Times Like These" starring Greta Scaachi and Tim Woodward. He adapted Dickens' "Oliver Twist" directed by Phyllida Lloyd at the Bristol Old Vic in 1990. He co-created (with Paul Unwin), the UK's most successful hospital soap, "Casualty," which has recently sired the spin-off "Holby City."
"The Widowmaker" for Central Films was directed by John Madden, and "The Life and Death of Philip Knight" was directed by Peter Kosminsky for Yorkshire Television.
Brock's first feature film was the acclaimed "Mrs Brown", directed by John Madden, starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Billy Connolly as John Brown. Brock won the Evening Standard Award for Best Screenplay and the film went on to be nominated for two Oscars and eight BAFTA awards, including Best Original Screenplay.
"Charlotte Gray," based on Sebastian Faulkes' novel, was directed by Gillian Armstrong and starred Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup and Michael Gambon.
Brock's next project was "Faith," set in the English Civil War. "Edgardo Mortara," the true story of a Jewish boy kidnapped by the Pope in 1858 hit financing problems just as it was due to go into production with Anthony Hopkins in the lead. Other screenplays in development include "The Last King of Scotland" and a new version of "Brideshead Revisited."
"Driving Lessons" is Brock's directing debut.