30 October 1956 |
Chiswick, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Curtis; 3 children|
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.
In 2015, the BBC broadcast a two-part adaptation of author Sadie Jones’ novel The Outcast which Softley had directed. 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". 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".
Softley is married to film producer Sarah Curtis. Together, they have three children.
- "Iain Softley". IMDb.
- "Official Duke of York's Theatre Website", Ambassador Theatre Group; accessed 22 August 2011.
- "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". http://www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. External link in
- 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.
- Ramsey, Terry (12 July 2015). "The Outcast, episode 1, review: 'relentlessly emotional and heart-tugging'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- Robert, Christina (4 November 2012). "How I make it work: Sarah Curtis". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 October 2013. (subscription required (. ))
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