Just 23, Michael Lesslie has notched up a formidable array of credits since he started writing at 16. Flipping between stage and screen, he wrote the 2006 BAFTAnominated short Heavy Metal Drummer, adapted Swimming With Sharks for the London stage last year, and has written another short, Airlock Or How To Say Goodbye In Space, which premiered at the Edinburgh film festival last year. For Blueprint Pictures, Film4 and the UKFC, he is adapting War Reporting For Cowards, Chris Ayres' book on his time as an embedded war reporter during the invasion of Iraq. Meanwhile, his adaptation of Brian Moore's Lies Of Silence, which looks at a broken marriage against the background of Irish politics, will be directed by Pat O'Connor for Revolution Films and will star Colin Firth. Lesslie is also writing a psychological chiller in the vein of The Shining and an All About Eve-style drama for one of the UK's biggest producers.

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