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Anthony McCarten

Writer, Director

Raised in Taranaki with seven siblings and roughly as many books, Anthony McCarten went on to co-write global stage hit Ladies Night. In 1998 he made his directorial debut with a movie of his play Via Satellite, followed later by Show of Hands. In 2015 he won two BAFTA awards after writing Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. Winston Churchill drama Darkest Hour and Bohemian Rhapsody followed.

The reason McCarten’s work adapts so well to the big screen is that he is a natural-born screenwriter. His novels feature strong plots and superb dialogue. John McCrystal, in an 18 February 2012 Listener review of Anthony McCarten's novel In the Absence of Heroes