Peter Straughan

A British screenwriter, Peter Straughan is best known for penning the script for the lauded 2011 espionage drama "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with his late wife, Bridget O'Connor. Straughan first made a name for himself ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1967 in England, GB

Filmography

Writer (9)

The Snowman 2017 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

Our Brand Is Crisis 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Frank 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Brothers Lionheart 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Sixty Six 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A British screenwriter, Peter Straughan is best known for penning the script for the lauded 2011 espionage drama "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with his late wife, Bridget O'Connor. Straughan first made a name for himself as a playwright, working with the Live Theatre Company in Newcastle upon Tyne. His first major cinematic work was co-writing the screenplay for the 2006 coming-of-age film "Sixty Six" with O'Connor. The following year, Straughan and O'Connor's script for "Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution," an offbeat Communist-themed comedy, was made into a movie starring Catherine Tate and Iain Glen. Branching out on his own, Straughan adapted Toby Young's book "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People," though the resulting film, featuring Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst, proved to be commercially and critically unsuccessful. The writer pressed ahead with another quirky page-to-screen project, "The Men Who Stare at Goats," but, despite its A-list cast, including George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, it received a very mixed response. Collaborating with fellow scribes Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, Straughan penned the decades-spanning thriller "The Debt," starring Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain as the same Israeli agent during different eras. Sticking to the world of espionage, he wrote the screenplay for the feature adaptation of John le Carré's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with O'Connor, though she died of cancer before the movie's release. Straughan went on to receive various awards for the script, which proved to be bittersweet, since his wife wasn't there to enjoy their success.

Relationships

Bridget O'Connor Screenplay

Wife
Met while O'Connor was Northern Arts literary fellow at Newcastle and Durham Universities c. 1996 Co-wrote first feature, "Sixty Six" (2006) Co-wrote acclaimed feature adaptation of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011), released after O'Connor's death on Sept. 22, 2010

Milestones

2011

With O'Connor, co-wrote screenplay for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" based on novel by John le Carré; film released after O'Connor died of cancer on Sept. 22, 2010

2009

Wrote screenplay for "The Men Who Stare at Goats" based on Jon Ronson's book

2008

Adapted Toby Young's memoir How to Lose Friends & Alienate People for the big screen

2007

Reteamed with O'Connor to write "Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution"

2006

Feature writing debut, "Sixty Six"; co-written with wife Bridget O'Connor

1999

Premiered stage play "Bones" at Live Theatre in Newcastle; soon named Writer in Residence at Live Theatre

1997

Received the 1997 Northern Arts Writer's Award; his play "A Rhyme for Orange" won the 1997 North East People's Play Award

Toured and recorded with Newcastle-based band The Honest Johns through the late 80s and early 90s; left band to study at at Newcastle University

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