Iain Softley

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Iain Softley
Born (1956-10-30) 30 October 1956 (age 58)
Chiswick, London, England, UK
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Curtis; 3 children

Iain Softley (born 30 October 1956) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. His best-known films include Hackers and K-PAX.[1]


A stage adaptation of Softley's film Backbeat was performed at the Duke of York's Theatre, London (17 September – 24 March 2011), co-written with Stephen Jeffreys, musical direction by Paul Stacey, and directed by David Leveaux.[2]

In 2015, the BBC broadcast a two-part adaptation of author Sadie Jones’ novel The Outcast which Softley had directed.[3] In The Guardian, Julia Raeside was impressed, writing: "The tone set by Iain Softley’s beautifully restrained direction and the careful use of music creates a real feeling of loss from the start, just as in the book, but he somehow avoids all hammy visual foreshadowing and narrative signposting, so often used to gee a plot along".[4] By contrast, Terry Ramsey, reviewing the first episode in The Daily Telegraph, found himself "sternly unmoved" by its "relentlessly emotional, heart-tugging story of tragedy, its gushing orchestral music and its soft-focus shots of people with quivering lower lips and moistening eyes".[5]

Personal life[edit]

Softley is married to film producer Sarah Curtis. Together, they have three children.[6]


  1. ^ "Iain Softley". IMDb. 
  2. ^ "Official Duke of York's Theatre Website", Ambassador Theatre Group; accessed 22 August 2011.
  3. ^ "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". http://www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Raeside, Julia (13 July 2015). "The Outcast review – ‘I feared for Sadie Jones’s adaptation of her perfect novel – but it is excellent’". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Ramsey, Terry (12 July 2015). "The Outcast, episode 1, review: 'relentlessly emotional and heart-tugging'". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Robert, Christina (4 November 2012). "How I make it work: Sarah Curtis". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 October 2013. (subscription required (help)). 

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