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“... give me your painting Hand to steady me taking the word-road home.”
- W.S. Graham
Tony Grisoni worked in many different areas of film making before turning to screenwriting. QUEEN OF HEARTS, 1989 was his award winning first feature directed by Jon Amiel. He has worked closely with a number of directors including Michael Winterbottom, John Boorman, Sean Durkin and Marc Munden, and has co-written with Terry Gilliam (FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, 1998 TIDELAND, 2005 and that ship of fools - THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, 2018.)
In 2001, Tony Grisoni made the trek along the people smugglers' route from the Pakistan/Afghan border, through Iran and Turkey to Europe with the director, Michael Winterbottom. The resulting film, IN THIS WORLD, won the 2002 Berlinale Golden Bear.
BROTHERS OF THE HEAD, 2005 adapted from the novella by Brian W. Aldiss. Grisoni collaborated with Simon Channing Williams of Potboiler Films, and Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe (directors of LOST IN LA MANCHA, 2002) to write and co-produce.
RED RIDING, 2009 adapted from the David Peace Yorkshire Noir novels . Directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker, and produced by Andrew Eaton at Revolution Films for Channel 4. "Red Riding is a deeper pool than The Godfather, but it doesn't encourage swimming." - David Thomson, Murder in the North - The New York Review of Books
THE UNLOVED, 2009 was Samantha Morton's directorial debut which won BAFTA - Best TV Single Drama. Produced by Kate Ogborn and Michael Elliott for Revolution Films and C4.
SOUTHCLIFFE, 2013 was an original 4-part drama for Channel 4, directed by Sean Durkin and produced by Peter Carlton and Derrin Schlesinger of Warp Films. "A spellbinding and terrifying piece of television storytelling."
THE YOUNG POPE, 2016 by Paolo Sorrentino starring Jude law. Co-writer and executive producer.
CRAZY DIAMOND, 2017, was one of the Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams anthology directed by Marc Munden and starring Steve Buscemi, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Julia Davis & Joanna Scanlan. "...a clean, perfectly mown world, where everything's fine and nice..."
THE CITY & THE CITY, 2018, is a 4 part BBC 2 drama based on the novel by China Mieville. The City and the City features David Morrissey, Mandeep Dhillon, Lara Pulver, Christian Camargo and Maria Schrader and was directed by Thomas Shankland for Mammoth Screen.
VANISHED - A VIDEO SEANCE, 1999 was made in collaboration with performance artist and poet, Brian Catling. "...genre busting - an encounter between mainstream movie story telling and the art avant-garde..." - Jonathan Romney. He and Catling have gone to make other pieces for galleries and together hosted the annual celebration of the absurd, CABARET MELANCHOLIQUE (RIP).
Grisoni has also written and directed a number of short films including the BAFTA nominated KINGSLAND #1 The Dreamer, 2008, SYNCING featuring Peter Capaldi, 2009, the award winning THE PIZZA MIRACLE, 2010 and THE SANDS OF VENUS, 2019.