In November 2013 the film adaptation of Morrison’s first novel SWUNG was filmed on locations around Glasgow. The feature film stars Elena Anaya (star of Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I live in) and emerging star Owen McDonnell (Raising the Titanic). It is the first feature from director Colin Kennedy for Sigma Films (Cannes award winners, Red Road, Hallum Foe, Mandalay). Below image from The Skin I live in, co-starring Antonio Banderas.
In 2012 Ewan Morrison won the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year Award. His most recent books have won acclaim from International authors including Douglas Coupland, James Frey, Iain Sinclair, Christos Tsiolkas, Irvine Welsh and Jonathan Meades. Tales from the Mall was a finalist in the Saltire Society Book of the Year Award 2012 and won the Guardian Not the Booker Prize, 2012 . In addition Ewan was also a finalist in the Creative Scotland Writers Award, 2012. He is the author of four novels (Jonathan Cape) and two books of short stories (Chroma & Cargo).
“One of the most innovative and groundbreaking books to have been published in the last couple of decades.” Irvine Welsh, on Tales from the Mall
“Easily the most interesting Scottish writer of his generation” Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman
“An astonishing novel. The story, the writing, the moral intelligence: all of it is a knockout.” Christos Tsiolkas, author of the international award winner and bestselling novel THE SLAP – on Morrison’s novel Close Your Eyes.
In 2008 Ewan was shortlisted for the Le Prince Maurice Award for best English language love story. The award was held in Mauritius, and co-shortlisted authors were Salley Vickers and James Meek. Ewan is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Scotland Award and a 2007 Scottish Arts Council Bursary.
Ewan Morrison worked as a writer-director in television and film for ten years, directed over 200 hours of television, has been nominated for three BAFTA’s and is the winner of a Royal Television Society Best Drama Award. He was script writer in residence in New York from 2002 to 2005 with Madstone Films.
FILM RESUME | WRITER | DIRECTOR
From 2002 till 2004. Ewan Morrison was employed as feature film scriptwriter with Madstone films in New York. He wrote the script NONE OF THE ABOVE with producer Eva Kolodner (Boys Don’t Cry) and oversaw the award winning web design for the feature RHINOCEROS EYES starring Michael Pitt.
Royal Television Society
WINNER, Best Regional Programme 2001: ‘I Saw You’
2 X NOMINATION, Best Director, Best Drama 2001: ‘I Saw You’
NOMINATION, Best Short. 1995: ‘Blue Christmas’
NOMINATION, Best Soundtrack. 1998: ‘The Contract’
WINNER, Best Film. 1995: ‘The Contract’
In 2001, Ewan had three films screened at Clermont Ferrand Film Festival. One, ‘The Lovers’, was in competition. His direction on The Lovers went onto win Special Mention at the Pescara Film Festival and the audience prize at the Festivale de Sainte Livrade. In 1988, his film The Proposal, was in International competition at the Flickerfest, Sydney Australia, and won a special mention at the Napoli Film Festival. Ewan has received scriptwriting awards from The European Script Fund, the National Lottery, Pepinieres and Scottish Screen. In 1994, he was Scriptwriter in residence at the Angers Film Festival.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: (as Director)
Naked Elvis: C4. Brighter Pictures. 80 x 30 mins, 1998
(AA. Gill reviewed the cult quiz show show as ‘dragging TV to an all time low’)
Film Night: C4. Wark Clements. 4 x 30 mins, 1998
The Spy Next Door: Sky. Brighter Pictures. 6 x 30 mins, 1998
The A to Z of Scotland: C4. Gosh Films. 5 x 3 mins, 1997
The A to Z of Wales: C4. Gosh Films. 5 x 3 mins, 1997
24 Hour Psycho (EX-S): BBC. Wark Clements. 28 mins, 1997
From 1995 to 1998 Ewan directed the following Arts series for STV: Don’t Look Down, Artery and the Scottish Book Awards. His 15 minute television piece in collaboration with Ivor Cutler, is now seen as a cult classic.
The Contract: B&W. 16mm. Factory Films, 28 mins. 1995
Blue Christmas: Colour. 16mm. Percussion Pictures, 12 mins. 1995
The Proposal: Colour. 35mm. Utility Films, 18 mins. 1997
I Saw You: Digital. Umbrella Films, 27 mins. 2000
The Lovers: Colour. 35mm. Saltire Films, 18 mins. 2000