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An alumnus of Loreto College - Moss Side, City Life Magazine, The Hacienda, Hippos Nightclub Middleton and Warrington Collegiate Institute, he created and wrote all 21 episodes of the BBC television series Burn It, directing the last 3, and he wrote the Channel 4 television film Legless, which he also directed. He adapted Deborah Curtis's Touching From a Distance—a biopic of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis—into the 2007 film Control, for which he was nominated for the British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay and the Carl Foreman Bafta at the 61st British Academy Film Awards (which he won). He wrote the film Nowhere Boy, about a young John Lennon, which was directed by Sam Taylor Wood and starred Aaron Johnson. The film was nominated for a Bafta and Biffa. He was nominated for a Biffa for Best Screenplay. He most recently wrote the screenplay for The Look of Love, a film about the famous British pornographer Paul Raymond, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan which premiered in Sundance FF 2013 and Berlin FF 2013.
Additional awards include the Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay (for Control) at the Chicago International Film Festival and a nomination for the British Academy Television Award for Best New Writer for Clocking Off.
- "BAFTA Report". IGN. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 2013-02-14.