University of Oxford
Feature directorial debut on "The Two Faces of January."
Co-wrote screenplay for "Snow White and the Huntsman"
Wrote screenplay for crime drama "Drive," directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and adapted from James Sallis' book
Penned the epic love story/thriller "Shanghai"
Wrote the screenplay for the war drama "Four Feathers"
Breakout screenplay, "The Wings of the Dove," adapted from the Henry James story; earned Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination
Adapted Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure" as Michael Winterbottom's "Jude"
Wrote teleplay for Peter Kosminsky's "The Dying of the Light"; nominated for a BAFTA as Best Single Drama
Amini wrote the script for "Jude" in a contemporary language, which a contemporary audience would immediately recognize. "I hate traditional costume dramas which employ period language, they always seem to have too many words and consequently seem very stiff, very invented. I am more influenced by the language of cinema than by literature. Its sparseness appeals to me." – Amini in the press kit for "Jude" (1996)
Among the projects that remain either unproduced or in development that he has written are adaptation of Leon Uris' Mila 18, Sarah Gran's Come Closer, and the second and third books in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials fantasy series.