Hossein Amini Interview

He was BAFTA and Oscar-nominated by the age of 30…

8 Weeks with Hossein Amini –>


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  • The rules and writing regime that work.
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  • How he approaches dialogue.

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  • WEEK 1 – Influences and inspirations, early work & breakthrough moments.
  • WEEK 2 – Tough beginnings, strict writing regime and views on rhythm & style.
  • WEEK 3 – Dealing with criticism, trusting instincts & not sticking to a ‘brand.’
  • WEEK 4 – Creating great characters, casting the right actors & the art of dialogue.
  • WEEK 5 – Collaborations, unexpected success & being nominated for awards.
  • WEEK 6 – Directing, UK film industry vs. Hollywood & obeying ‘the system.’
  • WEEK 7 – Regrets, changing opinions on directors & walking away from projects.
  • WEEK 8 – Levels of preparation, industry relationships & the importance of budgeting.

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This is the definitive interview with one of the world’s leading screenwriters

Following an exclusive two-hour interview with Hoss Amini, Industrial Scripts is sharing the insight and opinions of the BAFTA and Oscar-nominated screenwriter / director.

As part of Industrial Scripts’ Insider Interviews, Hoss talks openly about his journey from humble beginnings to working with the best directors and A-list actors – and the highs and lows in-between.

Hoss reveals his inspirations, his breakthrough moments, and the disappointments in his career.

With 20 years of experience in the film industry, his story and advice are valuable to all filmmakers. Sign up below to receive a weekly FREE instalment of the interview.


Behind the Scenes Insight…

The Wings of The Dove


On THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, Hoss shares…

  • His feelings on his Oscar nomination for the film.
  • His views on awards ceremonies following this experience.
  • How his ‘period’ writing branched out from here.
  • That his career was not an easy ride after this early success.



On DRIVE, Hoss shares…

  • How the film had to go through many evolutions before it could be made.
  • The admiration he has for Ryan Gosling capturing the lead character.
  • How he felt showing the film at Cannes.
  • His surprise about the film’s success.

The Two Faces of January



  • How it took 20 years for him to be able to make the film.
  • What led to this being his first feature as writer / director.
  • How collaborating with the actors was crucial to the film’s success.
  • The difficulties he experienced as a first-time director.

Excerpts from Industrial Scripts’ exclusive interview with Hoss –>


 “You never really get beyond the stage where you have to pitch for work.  It’s always the case that if you want something and the studio or author of the book aren’t sure, or there are other people interested, then you have to pitch like a 20-year-old. If it’s something you don’t want to do then conversely they’ll probably offer you more money and come after you.”


 “I remember the first time I got paid I actually felt like I could legitimately be a screenwriter. That was, as a professional, the breakthrough, I remember when it was and what script. I did just about anything to try and earn something. But I remember creatively there was a breakthrough moment.”


 “The success of DRIVE took me by surprise because feedback I was getting back during post-production was that this was a film that wasn’t working. But I trusted Nicolas Winding Refn, the director, and I loved him. I remember very clearly the first moment I thought: ‘this is great’ and: ‘the reaction is great.’ It was after the first critics review in Cannes. But I was equally prepared for them to come out and say: ‘this is one of the worse films ever shown in Cannes.’ I don’t think anyone, honestly, would have been surprised. Except Nicolas; he made me really believe that it was a great film.”

Hoss on the Red Carpet


Hear Hoss Amini talk at The London Critics’ Circle Awards 2015 about his nomination for Breakthrough British Filmmaker.

He also shares his thoughts on film critics and the important of their reviews, and how he reacts to them.


Hoss Amini explains what drew him to do the book adaptation, the importance of getting the casting and setting perfect, and the style influences he used when making THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY.

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