Magazine article Screen International

Simon Stephenson, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

Magazine article Screen International

Simon Stephenson, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

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WRITER: Simon Stephenson is a man with his own rich back story.

Now 35 years old, he is a doctor who worked in paediatrics at the Royal London Hospital until recently, when his Black List script Frisco was set up with independent Los Angeles producer Tom McNulty after a bidding war.

Stephenson, who comes from Edinburgh, has always alternated medicine with writing, but the shocking loss of his brother a decade ago in the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand changed the course of his life.

He wrote about the experience in the moving book Let Not The Waves Of The Sea, which, he says, was a creative and emotional release.

"The book came out two years ago and that was the only thing I was writing and when it was done I had these stories to tell," he says now.

"On a practical side, it's really hard if not impossible to combine a medical career with a screenwriting career and I've not worked in a hospital for 18 months. …

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