Anthony McCarten

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Anthony is a celebrated film maker, novelist and playwright, who divides his time between New Zealand and London.

His first novel, Spinners, (Picador) has been translated into six languages, and was voted one of the top ten novels of 2000 by readers of Esquire magazine. Film rights have been sold to producer David Parfitt (Shakespeare In Love). Anthony has since written the screenplay and is in talks to direct the film on location in New Zealand this year, starring Sam Neill and Kelly MacDonald.

He has also adapted his second novel, The English Harem (Picador), as a feature film for ITV, which drew 7 million viewers in the UK when it aired on Boxing Day, 2005. It starred Art Malik and Martine McCutcheon. The novel has gone on to be a small-publishers bestseller in the UK in 2006. Foreign book rights have just sold to Greece and Germany. Novelist Timothy Mo named this book his Novel Of The Year.

Anthony received early international success with his play Ladies Night. Translated into twelve languages it remains New Zealands most commercially successful play of all time, and in addition to eight national tours of Britain alone it continues play worldwide. In 2001 it won Frances premiere theatre award for comedy, the Moliere Prize. He has written eleven other widely produced plays and his new novel Death Of A Superhero, has just been published in Britain. Foreign rights have been sold to Germany. His adaptation of this novel won acceptance at the prestigious eQuinoxe script lab in Paris in 2005, and script development has been financed by the New Zealand Film Commission.

Anthony is also a film director whose first feature film, Via Satellite, which he adapted from his own award-winning stageplay, was invited to several film festivals including London, Cannes, Toronto, Melbourne, Hawaii and Seattle. His latest feature project as writer/director is Endurance (2006) which is in pre-production in New Zealand.

Unique among novelists, Anthonys passion is to adapt his own novels into screenplays and then complete the trifecta, by directing these films himself.

He currently resides in the Cotswolds with his English partner and their two children.