In this edition of The Craft of Film, screenwriter Thomas Bidegain joins us to discuss his work on Jaqcues Audiard’s A Prophet from 2009. Bidegain joined us for a ScreenTalk with Peter Straughan, following a screening of A Prophet on Sunday 26 February.
After beginning his film career in distribution and production, Thomas Bidegain moved to screen writing in the 2000s, working with directors such as Marion Vernoux, Joachim Lafosse, and Bertrand Bonello. His collaboration with director Jacques Audiard began with A Prophet (Un prophète) and won the César for best screenplay in 2009, plus a nomination for a European film award. The partnership continued with scripts for Audiard’s films Rust and Bone and Dheepan, and while continuing as a screenwriter he has also proven himself as director with his debut Les Cowboys, which premiered at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes in 2015.
Peter Straughan has adapted The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Donna Tartt for Warner Brothers and it will be directed by John Crowley this year. For Tomas Alfredson, Peter adapted Smiley’s People based on the novel by John Le Carre for Working Title Films and the same creative team who made Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Academy Award nominated BAFTA winning). For television Peter is writing Berlin Noir for HBO produced by Playtone. Peter adapted Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (Emmy nominated, BAFTA winning, Golden Globe winning) for BBC television. Peter’s other recent screenwriting credits include Frank (BIFA winning), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Our Brand is Crisis and The Debt. Peter also wrote How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, The Men who Stare at Goats, and a recent adaptation of A Christmas Carol for Working Title. He has written and directed two short films Gee Gee and Nosferatu in Love starring Mark Strong.
Thomas Bidegain joined us for a ScreenTalk with Peter Straughan, following a screening of A Prophet on Sunday 26 February.
About A Prophet
Newly imprisoned Malik, a young, small-time criminal of Algerian descent, is an easy target for the Corsican mobster César Luciani, one of the prison’s established rulers. Epic in scale and gripping in nature, the film lures us into a complex parallel world where audiences both champion and fear for Malik in this visceral study of prison life and the corrosive effects of power.
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The Craft of Film takes place from 22–28 February
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Part of Film in Focus, a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts.