Andrew Niccol

Andrew M. Niccol (born 10 June 1964[1]) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca (1997), Simone (2002), Lord of War (2005), In Time (2011), The Host (2013), and Good Kill (2014).[2] He also wrote and co-produced The Truman Show, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 1999 and won a BAFTA award for Best Screenplay. His films tend to explore social, cultural and political issues, as well as artificial realities or simulations.[3][4][5]

His film Good Kill was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.[6][7]

Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol by Gage Skidmore
Andrew Niccol (2012)
Born10 June 1964 (age 54)
OccupationScreenwriter, Film director, Film producer
  • Susan Jennifer Sullivan
    (m. 1991; div. 2002)
  • Rachel Roberts
    (m. 2002)


Niccol was born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand, and grew up in Auckland, where he attended Auckland Grammar School beginning in 1973. He left New Zealand at age 21 and began directing TV ads in London, which he did for more than ten years before his directorial debut, Gattaca (1997). He was married to Susan Grace Jennifer Sullivan from 1991 to 2002, with whom he has one child, Mia Grace Ella born in December 2000. During production of S1m0ne, he met model and actress Rachel Roberts, with whom he has two children, Jack, born in 2003 (who also played "Young Nicolai" in the 2005 film Lord of War) and Ava, born in 2008.


Niccol has directed the films Gattaca (1997), Simone (2002), Lord of War (2005), In Time (2011), The Host (2013), and Good Kill (2014) (reuniting after 17 years with actor Ethan Hawke in a lead role; Hawke also appeared in Lord of War as a supporting character named Jack Valentine). He has also directed a short film entitled The Minutes (2012), which is a documentary-esque, narrative tie-in to In Time that describes in more detail the world and characters from the film.[8]

For his directorial debut and first film (which he also wrote), Gattaca (1997), he won a Best Film award from the Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival and both a Special Jury Prize and the Fun Trophy from the Gérardmer Film Festival.

For his film Lord of War (2005), he received a Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.

Writing and producing

Niccol's breakthrough screenplay was his script for the film The Truman Show (1998), directed by Peter Weir and starring Jim Carrey. He also served as a producer on the film. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) and a Golden Globes nomination for Best Screenplay in 1999 and won a BAFTA award for Best Screenplay, a Saturn Award for Best Writing or Best Writer, an Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Motion Picture, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (shared with Peter Weir), and an Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In 1999, Niccol received the ALFS Award for "Screenwriter of the Year" from the London Critics Circle Film Awards for his screenwriting work on the screenplays of The Truman Show (1998) and Gattaca (1997).

Niccol has written for all the films that he has directed, including Gattaca (1997), Simone (2002), Lord of War (2005), In Time (2011), The Host (2013), and Good Kill (2014). Out of the films he has written and directed, he has produced S1m0ne (2002), Lord of War (2005), In Time (2011), Good Kill (2014) and Anon (2018).

He also wrote and came up with the story for the film The Terminal, directed by Steven Spielberg. He also served as an executive producer on the film.


Year Film
Director Writer Producer Notes
1997 Gattaca Yes Yes Yes Sitges Film Festival for Best Film
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year
1998 The Truman Show Yes Yes BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Saturn Award for Best Writing
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year
Nominated– Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated– Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated– Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated– Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated– Writers Guild of America for Best Screenplay
2002 Simone Yes Yes Yes
2004 The Terminal Story Executive
2005 Lord of War Yes Yes Yes
2011 In Time Yes Yes Yes
2013 The Host Yes Yes
2014 Good Kill Yes Yes Yes
2018 Anon Yes Yes Yes
2019 Gemini Man Yes Post-production
TBA Monopoly Yes Announced


  1. ^ "Andrew Niccol biography and filmography". 1964-06-10. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  2. ^ "The Films of Andrew Niccol - Reviews by David Nusair". Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  3. ^ Bozzola, Lucia. "Andrew Niccol Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  4. ^ Foley, Michael P. "Plato, Christianity, and the Cinematic Craft of Andrew Niccol". Project Muse. Retrieved 13 January 2014.(From: Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Volume 9, Number 2, Spring 2006 pp. 43-67 | 10.1353/log.2006.0014)
  5. ^ "Andrew Niccol". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  6. ^ "International competition of feature films". Venice. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced". Deadline. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  8. ^ Vimeo, The Minutes,

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Amir Mokri

Amir M. Mokri (Persian: امیر مکری‎; born June 11, 1956) is an Iranian-American cinematographer known for his work on blockbuster action films such films as Bad Boys II, Fast & Furious, Man of Steel and Transformers: Age of Extinction, collaborating with directors like Michael Bay, Andrew Niccol, and Zack Snyder.

Mokri was born in Iran and emigrated to the United States in 1977. He graduated from Emerson College and the American Film Institute, and is a two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee.

Anon (film)

Anon is a 2018 British science fiction thriller film directed and written by Andrew Niccol, and financed by Sky Cinema Original Films. The film stars Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried. Set in a futuristic world where privacy and anonymity no longer exist, the plot follows a troubled detective (Owen) who comes across a young woman (Seyfried) who has evaded the government's transparency system. The film was released internationally as a "Netflix Original" on the streaming service, from 4 May 2018, whilst in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the film was released in cinemas by Altitude Film Distribution and through on-demand by Sky Cinema on 11 May 2018.

Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay

The Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay is one of the annual awards given by the Chicago Film Critics Association.


Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan Arkin appearing in supporting roles. The film presents a biopunk vision of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic selection to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents. The film centers on Vincent Freeman, played by Hawke, who was conceived outside the eugenics program and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of going into space.

The film draws on concerns over reproductive technologies which facilitate eugenics, and the possible consequences of such technological developments for society. It also explores the idea of destiny and the ways in which it can and does govern lives. Characters in Gattaca continually battle both with society and with themselves to find their place in the world and who they are destined to be according to their genes.

The film's title is based on the letters G, A, T, and C, which stand for guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine, the four nucleobases of DNA. It was a 1997 nominee for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

The film flopped at the box office, but it received generally positive reviews and has since gained a cult following.

Good Kill

Good Kill is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It competed for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. It was also screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

In Time

In Time is a 2011 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and produced by Andrew Niccol. Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy star as inhabitants in a society where people stop aging at 25. Instead of using paper money, a new economic system uses time as currency, and each person has a clock on their arm that counts down how long they have to live. The film was released on October 28, 2011.

List of New Zealand film directors

The following is a list of New Zealand film directors and producers.

Andrew Adamson

Barry Barclay - produced the first feature made by an indigenous person anywhere in the world.

Martin Campbell

Jane Campion

Niki Caro

Roger Donaldson (born in Australia)

Cameron Duncan

Toa Fraser

Alex Galvin

Ben Hawker

Rudall Hayward - pioneer filmmaker

Sir Peter Jackson

Christine Jeffs

Paul Maunder

Brad McGann

Danny Mulheron

Geoff Murphy

Andrew Niccol - film director, screenwriter

John O'Shea

Gaylene Preston

Christian Rivers

James Napier Robertson

Robert Sarkies

Jason Stutter

Lee Tamahori

Taika Waititi (Taika Cohen)

Vincent Ward

Peter Wells - author and film director

London Film Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year

The London Film Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year in an annual award given by the London Film Critics' Circle.

Lord of War

Lord of War is a 2005 crime drama written, produced, and directed by Andrew Niccol, and co-produced by and starring Nicolas Cage. It was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, with the DVD following on January 17, 2006 and the Blu-ray Disc on July 27, 2006. Cage plays an illegal arms dealer, inspired by the stories of several real-life arms dealers and smugglers. The film was officially endorsed by the human rights group Amnesty International for highlighting the arms trafficking by the international arms industry.

Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay

The Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay is an annual film award given by the Online Film Critics Society to honor the best screenplay (written directly for the screen) of the year.

Rachel Roberts (model)

Rachel Roberts (born April 8, 1978) is a Canadian model and actress. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Roberts has appeared in numerous ad campaigns, most notably for Biotherm Skin Care Products, and she became well known in the United States as the title character in the film Simone.

Simone (2002 film)

Simone (stylized as S1M0NE) is a 2002 American science-fiction film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Evan Rachel Wood, Rachel Roberts, Jay Mohr and Winona Ryder.

Special Service

"Special Service" is the sixty-fourth episode and the twenty-seventh episode of the third season (1988–89) of the television series The Twilight Zone. It was written by J. Michael Straczynski, who later created Babylon 5. Some critics noted similarities between the episode’s story and the critically acclaimed feature film The Truman Show, written by Andrew Niccol, which won the 1999 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, beating the Babylon 5 series finale "Sleeping in Light", also written by Straczynski.

Stan Lauryssens

Stan Lauryssens (born 14 October 1946 in Antwerp) is a Belgian writer. He lives in Antwerp and London.

As a journalist in the 1970s and 1980s, Lauryssens travelled the world and claims he interviewed Jack Higgins Harold Robbins, Catherine Cookson, Konsalik, Thor Heyerdahl, Charles de Gaulle and Andy Warhol. He allegedly had prolonged meetings with Hitler’s henchmen: Karl Dönitz, Sir Oswald Mosley, Leni Riefenstahl, Adolf Eichmann’s family, and Otto Günsche and has written five books about the Nazis.

Lauryssens wrote the book Dalí and I about his experiences with the surrealist painter. Room 9 Entertainment in Hollywood bought film rights. Academy Award nominee Andrew Niccol rewrote the screenplay and will direct the film, entitled Dali & I: The Surreal Story. Lauryssens will be played by Cillian Murphy, with Al Pacino as Dalí.His non-fiction books were serialised in The Mail on Sunday and are published in English, French, Italian and Polish and have gained cult status in Japan. His first thriller, Black Snow, won him the Hercule Poirot Award 2002 for best crime fiction of the year, and was followed by Dead Corpses (2003) and Red Roses (2004), Deader Than Dead Too (2005), More than Naked (2005), No Time for Tears (2006) and "The Sooner You Die". Translation rights for "Dalí & I: The Surreal Story" have been sold in some 30 languages. The book is also out as an Amazon Kindle Edition and on CD, from Tantor Media.

Lauryssens is currently working on a memoir tentatively titled A Curry at Night and Sex on Sunday. This story will recount his seven years as an outcast in an Indian family in the London suburbs that ended with him living for a couple of days in "cardboard city" under Waterloo Bridge.

The Host (2013 film)

The Host is a 2013 American romantic science fiction thriller film adapted from Stephenie Meyer's 2008 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a young woman, Melanie, who is captured after the human race has been taken over by parasitic aliens called "Souls". After Melanie is infused with a soul called "Wanderer", Melanie and the alien "Soul" vie for control of her body. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, and Diane Kruger. Released in theaters on March 29, 2013, the film was poorly received by critics.

The Truman Show

The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical science fiction film directed by Peter Weir, produced by Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, and Adam Schroeder, and written by Niccol. The film stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, adopted and raised by a corporation inside a simulated television show revolving around his life, until he discovers it and decides to escape. Additional roles are performed by Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris, and Brian Delate.

The Truman Show was originally a spec script by Niccol, inspired by an episode of The Twilight Zone called "Special Service". Unlike the finished product, it was more of a science-fiction thriller, with the story set in New York City. Scott Rudin purchased the script, and set up production at Paramount Pictures. Brian De Palma was to direct before Weir signed as director, making the film for $60 million—$20 million less than the original estimate. Niccol rewrote the script while the crew was waiting for Carrey to sign. The majority of filming took place at Seaside, Florida, a master-planned community located in the Florida Panhandle.

The film was a financial success, debuting to critical acclaim, and earned numerous nominations at the 71st Academy Awards, 56th Golden Globe Awards, 52nd British Academy Film Awards and The Saturn Awards. The Truman Show has been analyzed as a thesis on Christianity, metaphilosophy, simulated reality, existentialism and reality television.

The Truman Show delusion

The Truman Show delusion, informally known as Truman syndrome, is a type of delusion in which the person believes that their lives are staged reality shows, or that they are being watched on cameras. The term was coined in 2008 by brothers Joel Gold and Ian Gold, a psychiatrist and a neurophilosopher, respectively, after the film The Truman Show.

The Truman Show delusion is not officially recognized nor listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.

Zach Staenberg

Zach S. Staenberg, A.C.E. (born August 1951) is an American film editor best known for his work on action films and the Matrix Trilogy. Staenberg won an Academy Award and two ACE Eddie Award for the editing of The Matrix (1999) and for HBO's Gotti (1996) for which he was also nominated for an Emmy. The Matrix films were written and directed by the Wachowskis, with whom Staenberg has had an extended collaboration dating from 1996. He is a frequent collaborator of director Andrew Niccol.

Staenberg has been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors.

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