Stuart Hazeldine

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Stuart Hazeldine
Born (1971-06-10) June 10, 1971 (age 48)
Surrey, England
Years active1994–present

Stuart Hazeldine (born 10 June 1971 in Surrey, England[1]) is a British screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for his 2009 psychological thriller Exam, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.[2] He also directed the 2017 film adaptation of William P. Young's novel The Shack.[3] He currently resides in London.


Raised in Hersham, Surrey, he began making student films while studying American History at the University of Kent and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After graduation, he sold his first feature screenplay, Underground, to British producers Jeremy Bolt and Paul Trijbits in 1995.

His first produced script was the science fiction adventure TV movie Riverworld, based on the novels by Philip Jose Farmer, for Alliance Atlantis and the Sci Fi Channel. It premiered in March 2003.

In 2005 he wrote and directed his debut short film, Christian.[4]

In 2006 he rewrote the supernatural thriller Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage, then he adapted John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost for Legendary Pictures. .[5][6][7]

In 2007 he wrote an uncredited draft of the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Keanu Reeves, and co-wrote an adaptation of John Christopher's science fiction trilogy The Tripods with Alex Proyas.

In 2010/11 he co-wrote the screenplay "Moses", based on the life of the Biblical prophet and leader, with American writer Michael Green for Lin Pictures and Warner Bros.[8]

In 2013 he rewrote the historical epic Agincourt, based on the Bernard Cornwell novel Azincourt, for director Michael Mann and Independent Film Company.[9]


In 2008 he wrote, directed, produced and financed his debut feature film, the psychological thriller Exam,[10] which stars Luke Mably,[11] Colin Salmon and Jimi Mistry.[12] The film was completed in May 2009 and received its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on 19 June 2009.[13] It then screened at the Raindance Film Festival 2009 where it was nominated for Best UK Feature[14] and was subsequently nominated for the Raindance Award (for films made 'under the radar' without industry help) at the 2009 British Independent Film Awards.[15]

The film was released in UK cinemas on 8 January 2010 by Hazeldine Films and Miracle Communications,[16][17] garnering four star reviews from Empire, Total Film and Little White Lies magazines[18] and on 7 June it was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[19]

Stuart was nominated for "Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer" at the BAFTA Awards 2010[20] and the film went on to win the Panavision Independent Spirit Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2010[21] and the Bronze Hitchcock Award at the Dinard Film Festival 2010.[22] During 2010 it also played at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and the San Sebastian Fantasy/Horror Film Festival.

Independent Film Company sold the film to nineteen territories, ten of them for theatrical release including France, Russia and Japan. IFC Films acquired US rights,[23] releasing it via their Midnight genre label On Demand on 23 July 2010[24] and on DVD on 16 November.[25]

The Shack[edit]

In 2015 he directed the faith-based drama The Shack, based on the bestselling novel by William P. Young and produced by Gil Netter and Brad Cummings for Summit Entertainment. The film stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw and it releases on March 3, 2017.[26]


Produced screenplays[edit]

Unproduced screenplays (selected)[edit]

As director[edit]

  • Christian (2005, short)
  • Exam (2009)
  • The Shack (2017)[28]


  1. ^ Stuart Hazeldine on IMDb
  2. ^ "2010 Film Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ "The Shack's Stuart Hazeldine on God, Faith, &…Theological Twister?". ScreenFish. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. ^ Christian short film.
  5. ^ "Cage to star in Proyas' 'Knowing'."
  6. ^ "Paradise Lost." New York Times. 4 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Bradley Cooper Looking to be Lucifer". 5 May 2011.
  8. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Claude (November 2010). "Everything's Coming Up Moses: Hollywood Readies Two Exodus Movies". Vulture.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2 May 2013). "Michael Mann Taps Stuart Hazeldine For 15th Century Battle Of Agincourt Tale". Deadline.
  10. ^ An Early Twist in First 'The Exam' Clipage
  11. ^ A Clip to Help You Pass Stuart Hazeldine's Exam
  12. ^ See the Trailer for British Thriller Exam
  13. ^ "Exam Gets World Premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival".
  14. ^ "The 17th Raindance Film Festival reveals award nominations".
  15. ^ "Winners Nominations · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". 24 October 2009. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  16. ^ Official UK Quad for Violent 'Exam'
  17. ^ BBC - Film Network - Features - Exam: interviews
  18. ^ "Exam". 30 December 2009.
  19. ^ Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Baftas 2010: The winners". 21 February 2010.
  21. ^ ""Exam" tops Santa Barbara festival honors". Reuters. 16 February 2010.
  22. ^ "Exam (2009) - News".
  23. ^ "IFC takes a shine to Exam as Independent continues foreign sales".
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ "Faith-Based Bestseller 'The Shack' Film Finds Director in Stuart Hazeldine". 5 November 2014.
  27. ^ "Alien: Earthbound - The Alien 3 sequel that never got made! - Alien: Covenant & Sequel Movie News". Alien: Covenant. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  28. ^ "Faith-Based Bestseller 'The Shack' Film Finds Director In Stuart Hazeldine". Deadline Hollywood. 5 November 2014.

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