Hossein Amini

Born: 01/18/1966 in Tehran, , IR


Writer (12)

The Snowman 2017 (Movie)


Our Kind of Traitor 2016 (Movie)


Shanghai 2015 (Movie)


The Two Faces of January 2014 (Movie)


47 Ronin 3D 2013 (Movie)


Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 (Movie)


Drive 2011 (Movie)


Killshot 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)


The Wings of the Dove 1997 (Movie)


Jude 1996 (Movie)


Deep Secrets (TV Show)

Producer (2)

The Alienist 2017 - 2018 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

McMafia 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

The Two Faces of January 2014 (Movie)



educated in public schools in Britain

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

Bonus Trivia


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.


Has served as a visiting lecturer and mentor for the University of Westminster's masters' program in film and television.