Biography

 

Winner of the Scottish Book of the Year (SMIT) Fiction Prize 2013
Glenfiddich Scottish Writer of the year 2012/13
Winner of the Not the Booker Prize 2012
Finalist in the Saltire Society book of the Year 2012
Finalist in the Creative Scotland Writer of the Year Award 2012
Finalist in the Prince Maurice Award for love stories 2007

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In November 2013 the film adaptation of Morrison’s first novel SWUNG is being 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.

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Morrison also co-wrote the two hour TV Epic – American Blackout, a project developed with Raw TV for National Geographic TV. The drama-doc reached an estimated audience in excess of 80 million people, and is both controversial and acclaimed, it was aired in October 2013.
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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.

FILM

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

 

NEW YORK:
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.

UK AWARDS:
Royal Television Society
WINNER, Best Regional Programme 2001: ‘I Saw You’
BAFTA Scotland
2 X NOMINATION, Best Director, Best Drama 2001: ‘I Saw You’
BAFTA Scotland
NOMINATION, Best Short. 1995: ‘Blue Christmas’
BAFTA Scotland
NOMINATION, Best Soundtrack. 1998: ‘The Contract’
FIRST REELS
WINNER, Best Film. 1995: ‘The Contract’

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS:

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.

SHORT FILMS:

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