Eran Creevy Wins Inaugural London Screenwriters’ Festival Prize

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Eran Creevy

The writer-director was given his British screenwriting award by "Basic Instinct" writer Joe Eszterhas.

LONDON – The inaugural British screenwriting award dished out during the London Screenwriters’ Festival has gone to Eran Creevy.

Writer/director Creevy first turned heads in U.K. industry circles after his first movie, Shifty, was nominated in 2008 for a BAFTA award and five British Independent Film awards. He later secured a best screenplay prize at the Stockholm International Film Festival.

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Creevy's second feature film, Welcome to the Punch, stars James McAvoy and is exec produced by Ridley Scott.

The festival’s ice-pick-shaped award was presented to Creevy by Joe Eszterhas, the screenwriter whose Basic Instinct, incidentally, featured Sharon Stone and an infamous ice pick.

Creevy first worked as a production assistant on Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake before he took a year to write and direct Shifty.

He is now in preproduction on his third feature, Autobahn, with Zac Ephron attached, about an American backpacker who gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers and winds up on the run from his employers across Munich's high-speed freeways.

Eszterhas was in London for the screenwriter festival, an event billed as the world’s biggest event for professional screenwriters in film and television, which ran Oct. 25-27.