David F. Shamoon
David F. Shamoon is a Canadian screenwriter, best known for his screenplay In Darkness. Directed by Agnieszka Holland, the film was a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012.
Life and career
Born in India to Iraqi Jewish refugees of the Farhud, Shamoon grew up in India, where he attended Cathedral School in Mumbai (now the Cathedral & John Connon School) and Iran, where he attended Community School, Tehran). He moved to Canada in 1970 after graduating from Boston University. He successfully worked in advertising for many years before trying his hand at screenwriting, first as a hobby, but eventually as a career after studying the craft and writing several scripts, some of which were optioned. In Darkness, based on Robert Marshall's book In the Sewers of Lvov, marked his first attempt to adapt a book to the screen. He garnered a Genie Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 32nd Genie Awards.
He currently has a new screenplay, a comedy called Taking Off, in active development with director Paul Morrison.
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