19 October 10
A profile of British screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose major works include a BAFTA-winning television drama and several internationally acclaimed films.
Given his international stature and haul of major awards, it’s hard to comprehend that Morgan was virtually unknown only seven years ago.
His breakthrough work came with his BAFTA-winning television drama The Deal (2003), about the alleged power-sharing deal struck between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in 1994. Three years later, Morgan earned his second BAFTA win with another television drama, Long ford (2006), about lord longford’s campaign for the parole of Myra Hindley.
On film, Morgan’s adaptation of The Last King Of Scotland (2006), about the relationship between Idi Amin and his Scottish physician, brought him his third and fourth BAFTA triumphs when it won Adapted Screenplay (shared with Jeremy Brock) and British Film. That same year, his screenplay for The Queen (2006), a fictional account of the immediate aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, won a Golden Globe and was both BAFTA- and Oscar-nominated.
Frost/Nixon (2008) was Morgan’s adaptation of his own play, based around the series of televised interviews by David Frost with former US President Richard Nixon. Morgan’s compelling script brought BAFTA and Oscar nominations once again.
After successful adaptations of The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and The Damned United (2009), Morgan revisited Tony Blair’s career with his Blair/Clinton television drama The Special Relationship (2010), for which he received an Emmy nomination.
Morgan’s latest film project is the supernatural thriller Hereafter (2010), directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon.