23 Facts About Frank Cottrell Boyce

1. Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote the script immediately after "Welcome to Sarajevo", but English producers, used to financing quirky, niche films for the art house crowd or mid-Atlantic comedies featuring the likes of Hugh Grant, were wary of a family film as that would mean competing with Hollywood on its own turf.

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2. Frank Cottrell Boyce was given the honorific "Written by" in the credits, the equivalent of a director's "A film by" but even rarer, showing the respect that he has earned in the industry.

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3. Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote the screen adaptation of Thomas Middleton's 17th century play "The Revenger's Tragedy" for cult director Alex Cox.

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4. Frank Cottrell Boyce loves the film, which he says was written and shot very quickly.

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5. Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of the most respected screenwriters working in the English film industry.

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6. Frank Cottrell Boyce is among the esteemed screenwriters employed in the British film sector.

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7. Frank Cottrell Boyce is a successful writer of film scripts and was the official scriptwriter for the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics, playing an important role devising the ceremony with Danny Boyle.

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8. Frank Cottrell Boyce is an accomplished, successful and award-winning author and screenwriter.

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9. Frank Cottrell Boyce lives in England, is married, and is the father of seven children.

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10. Frank Cottrell Boyce became a screenwriter, notably for the long-running British soap Coronation Street, where he met Michael Winterbottom.

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11. Frank Cottrell Boyce was born in Liverpool in 1959 to an Irish Catholic family.

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12. Frank Cottrell Boyce is a screenwriter, having penned the scripts for a number of feature films as well as the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

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13. Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote the second episode of the tenth series, "Smile".

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14. Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote the brochure, the stadium announcements and the media guide for presenter Huw Edwards.

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15. Frank Cottrell Boyce collaborated with director Danny Boyle and other members of the creative team, including designer Mark Tildesley, in the development of the story and themes, and wrote "short documents that told the story of each segment" to provide context for choreographers, builders and other participants.

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16. Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote and staged his first original theatre production Proper Clever at the Liverpool Playhouse during the city's European Capital of Culture Year, in 2008.

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17. Frank Cottrell Boyce made the Carnegie shortlist again for Cosmic.

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18. Frank Cottrell Boyce adapted it as a screenplay for a 2009 BBC television film.

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19. Frank Cottrell Boyce told Variety, "I just had to move on.

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20. Frank Cottrell Boyce is a patron of the Insight Film Festival, a biennial, interfaith festival held in Manchester, UK, to make positive contributions to understanding, respect and community cohesion.

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21. Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote criticism for the magazine Living Marxism.

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22. Frank Cottrell Boyce read English at Keble College, Oxford, where he went on to earn a doctorate.

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23. Frank Cottrell Boyce has achieved fame as the writer for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony and for sequels to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, a children's classic by Ian Fleming.

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