Magazine article Screen International

Dawn King, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

Magazine article Screen International

Dawn King, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

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WRITER: Dawn King is a much-awarded young writer for the stage and, at last, the screen, having signed a deal with Cowboy Films to adapt her sell-out play Ciphers from Bush Theatre.

The short film she wrote starring Olivia Colman, The Karman Line, premiered at SXSW this year and went on to Aspen where it quickly won two awards.

Articles about King have a tendency to become a laundry-list of her impressive achievements, but the highlight would probably be winning the inaugural Royal National Theatre Playwright award for Foxfinder last December, although she did win the UK Film Council's 25 Words or Less pitching prize in 2005, for the unproduced The Squatter's Handbook.

"I've done my first treatment on Ciphers," she says, "and starting to work on it is making me realise how much of a bigger job it is than a play."

Written back in 2010 "before all this crazy stuff kicked off in Russia, before Edward Snowden", Ciphers is an innovative thriller about espionage and surveillance that centres on Justine, a new recruit to the spy business. …

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