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Trevor Griffiths

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Born
Manchester
Genre
Drama
 
 
Biography
Trevor Griffiths was born in 1935 in Manchester.

He graduated from Manchester University with a BA in English Language and Literature, and worked as a teacher, liberal studies lecturer, and further education officer for the BBC, before becoming a full-time writer in 1970. He is also a director in theatre and film.

He writes for theatre, television and cinema. His first full-length stage play was Sam, Sam (1972), followed by Occupations (1972);  The Party (1973); Comedians (1976); a new English version of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (1978);  Oi for England (1982); Real Dreams (1987); Piano (1990); The Gulf Between Us (1992); Thatcher's Children (1993); and Who Shall Be Happy? (1997). He has also written a number of short plays, including Apricots (1978), Thermidor (1978) and Camel Station (2007).

His television work includes the single plays All Good Men (1977), Through the Night (1977) and Country (1981) , and adaptations of several of his stage plays, including Comedians, The Party, The Cherry Orchard and Hope in the Year Two (1994) (a television version of Who Shall Be Happy ...?) He has also written three series: Bill Brand, an 11-part series, televised in 1976; The Last Place on Earth (1986), a 7-part series televised in 1985; and Sons and Lovers (1982), a 7-part adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's novel. His most recent work for television is the award-winning film, Food for Ravens (1998), which he wrote and directed.

Trevor Griffiths wrote the screenplay for Reds (with Warren Beatty), and for the film Fatherland, directed by Ken Loach. His screenplay These Are the Times, a life of Thomas Paine was published in 2005. 

The Trevor Griffiths Special Collection at the British Film Institue contains a large holding of manuscripts and other writings.

Bibliography

2007
Theatre Plays Two, contents: 'Oi for England'; 'Real Dreams'; 'Piano'; 'The Gulf Between Us'; 'Thatcher's Children'; 'Who Shall Be Happy ...?'; 'Camel Station', Spokesman Press
2007
Theatre Plays One, contents: 'The Wages of Thin'; 'Sam, Sam'; 'Occupations'; 'Apricots'; 'Thermidor'; 'The Party'; 'Comedians'; 'The Cherry Orchard', Spokesman Press
2005
These Are the Times, a life of Thomas Paine, Spokesman Press
1998
Food for Ravens, Oberon Press
1997
Who Shall Be Happy ...?, Samuel French
1996
Plays 1, contents: 'Occupations'; 'The Party'; 'Comedians'; 'Real Dreams', Faber and Faber
1994
Hope in the Year Two/Thatcher's Children, Faber and Faber
1992
The Gulf Between Us, Faber and Faber
1990
Piano, Faber and Faber
1988
Collected Plays for Television, contents: 'All Good Men'; 'Absolute Beginners'; 'Through the Night'; 'Such Impossibilities'; 'Country'; Oi for England', Faber and Faber
1987
Real Dreams, Faber and Faber
1987
Fatherland, Faber and Faber
1986
Judgment Over the Dead (screenplays of television series The Last Place on Earth), Verso
1982
Sons and Lovers, adaptation, Spokesman Press
1982
Oi for England, Faber and Faber
1981
Country, Faber and Faber
1978
The Cherry Orchard/Anton Chekov, adaptation, Pluto Press
1978
Deeds, with others, Plays & Players
1978
Apricots/Thermidor, Pluto Press
1977
Through the Night/Such Impossibilities, Faber and Faber
1977
All Good Men/Absolute Beginners, Faber and Faber
1976
Comedians, Faber and Faber
1974
The Party, Faber and Faber
1972
Sam, Sam, Plays & Players
1972
Occupations/The Big House, Calder & Boyars
1971
Layby, with others, Calder & Boyars

Awards

1999
Dublin Theatre Festival Award, Comedians, Best Irish Production
1998
Royal Television Society Award, Food for Ravens, Regional Programme
1998
BAFTA Wales Gwym A Williams Award, Food for Ravens
1982
BAFTA (Television Writer's Award)
1982
Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Original Screenplay, Reds, nomination
1981
Writers' Guild of America, Reds, best screenplay