David France (writer)

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David France is an American investigative reporter, non-fiction author and filmmaker. He is a contributing editor for New York magazine,[1] former Newsweek senior editor and published in magazines such as The New Yorker,[2] The New York Times Magazine and GQ.[3] Openly gay,[4] he is best known for his investigative journalism on LGBT topics.[4]

France is the author of three books, including Our Fathers, a book about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States. The book was adapted by Showtime for a film by the same name, which received Emmy Award nominations and a Writers Guild of America award. The Confession, which he wrote with former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey, was a New York Times best seller, debuting at #3 in nonfiction hardcover sales and #1 in biography.[5]

A 2007 article France wrote for GQ, Dying to Come Out: The War On Gays in Iraq, won a GLAAD Media Award.[6] He spent a year with the family of a boy who committed suicide and undertook a forensic approach in an article about it for the Ladies' Home Journal.[7] The piece, entitled "Broken Promises", which he wrote with Diane Salvatore, won a Mental Health America 'Excellence in Mental Health Journalism' award in 2008.[8]

On June 2, 2007, France appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss the scientific basis that homosexuality is genetic.[9]

In 2012, France's documentary film How to Survive a Plague, about the early years of the AIDS epidemic, was released.[10] France received The John Schlesinger Award (given to a first time documentary or narrative feature filmmaker) from the Provincetown International Film Festival, the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award from the International Documentary Association,[11] and the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best First Film,[12] the group's first time to honor a documentary filmmaker. The film was nominated for an Academy Award,[13] a Directors Guild Award,[14] an Independent Spirit Award,[15] and two Emmys,[16] and won a Peabody Award[17] a Gotham Award,[18] and a GLAAD award.[19]


  1. ^ "David France New York magazine articles". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ "David France New Yorker articles". Newyorker.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  3. ^ France, David. "David France GQ articles". Gq.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Filmmaker David France Talks ’How To Survive a Plague’ ", Edge, February 21, 2013.
  5. ^ Ex-N.J. 'Gay Governor' James E. McGreevey's Book a Best Seller, Associated Press via Fox News, September 28, 2006
  6. ^ "19th Annual GLAAD Media Award recipients". Archive.glaad.org. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  7. ^ Time To Have a Little Talk About Those "Women's Magazines?", Sheila Weller, Huffington Post, December 30, 2008
  8. ^ 2008 Mental Health America Media Awards
  9. ^ Colbert Report interview, June 26, 2007
  10. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (12 December 2012). "A Story of AIDS, From the Beginning". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.documentary.org/magazine/jacqueline-donnet-emerging-documentary-filmmaker-award-david-france-journalist-historian-me
  12. ^ http://www.nyfcc.com/awards/?cat=15
  13. ^ "Oscar-Nominated Doc 'How To Survive A Plague' to Become ABC Miniseries (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. February 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-21025676
  15. ^ http://www.spiritawards.com/films/how-to-survive-a-plague
  16. ^ http://www.current.org/2014/07/pbs-leads-networks-in-news-emmy-nominations/
  17. ^ http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/independent-lens-how-to-survive-a-plague-pbs
  18. ^ http://movieline.com/2012/11/26/gotham-awards-winner/
  19. ^ http://www.glaad.org/tags/how-survive-plague

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