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Niall Johnson

Writer
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Niall began writing and directing movies at the end of the ’80s, after graduating from Bristol University. He began with a range of self-funded low-budget features included vampire romance ‘Dawn’ and wife-swapping comedy-drama ‘The Big Swap’ which won Gold at Flagstaff Film Festival 1998 and Critic’s Choice at Rotterdam 1999.

Niall followed that with family haunted house tale ‘The Ghost of Greville Lodge’ starring Prunella Scales and George Cole, which has become a staple a Halloween/Christmas TV favourite.

Niall directed Hollywood’s spooky supernatural thriller ‘White House’, starring Michael Keaton in 2003. the film opened at #1 in UK and #2 in US, reaching $100m on its worldwide theatrical release. That same year, Niall directed black comedy ‘Keeping Mum’, starring Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Swayze, based on an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Richard Russo.

Niall is attached to direct various projects at the fundraising stage and has written for Universal Pictures, Gold Circle, Hal Lielberman, Nick Wechsler, Future Films, DAP Italy, Samuelson Productions and Ecosse Films.

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