The Art of Screen Adaptation: Hossein Amini in conversation with Alistair Owen

Alistair Owen, author of The Art of Screen Adaptation, talks to Oscar-nominated Hossein Amini about adapting Drive to the big screen.


Tuesday 20th October, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

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About the Event

Alistair Owen, author of The Art of Screen Adaptation, talks to Oscar-nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini about the challenges and pleasures of adapting James Sallis’s acclaimed noir thriller Drive to the big screen, in this free and exclusive Q&A.

Hossein Amini is a screenwriter who was nominated for an Oscar for his adaptation of Henry James' classic novel Wings of a Dove. He has also written Jude, based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, which won the Edinburgh Film festival prize for Best British Film. 

In 2011 he wrote the screenplay for Drive, based on the novel by James Sallis, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film at the BAFTAs 2012. 

In 2014 Hossein made his directorial debut with his own adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. His limited series, The Alienist, adapted from the novel by Caleb Carr, premiered on TNT in January 2018. His critically acclaimed series McMafia, based on the nonfiction book by Misha Glenny, also premiered in January 2018 on BBC One, and he is currently working on the second series.

Alistair Owen is the author of Smoking in Bed: Conversations with Bruce Robinson (one of David Hare’s Books of the Year in the Guardian), Story and Character: Interviews with British Screenwriters and Hampton on Hampton (one of Craig Raine’s Books of the Year in the Observer).

He has chaired Q&A events at the Hay Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and London Screenwriters’ Festival, and his platform with Christopher Hampton in the Lyttelton Theatre to celebrate Faber’s 75th anniversary was published in Faber Playwrights at the National Theatre.

Alistair has written original and adapted screenplays, on spec and to commission; contributed film reviews to Time Outand film book reviews to the Independent on Sunday; and recently published his first novel, The Vetting Officer.

His next nonfiction project is a book of conversations with novelist, screenwriter, playwright and director William Boyd, for Penguin.

About the Book

The Art of Screen Adaptation: Top Writers Reveal Their Craft
The Art of Screen Adaptation: Top Writers Reveal Their Craft

Alistair Owen

Publisher:Oldcastle Books Ltd

Publication date:27 Aug 2020