John Rooney








John was originally an advertising copywriter. He has since had 3 award-winning short films produced, has twice been selected for the Moonstone screenwriters lab, and has been commissioned to write 10 features. His is currently putting the finishing touches to RESEARCH, a thriller for Karen Smyth of La Belle Allee Productions. Also out for financing are TAM O' SHANTER, a loose adaptation of the famous poem and HARD CASE, a man looking back on his life from Death Row. These are both produced by Ali McPhail of Bally Bee (Gordon Kennedy is a co-producer on TAM) and supported by Creative Scotland.

John got big break on TV when STV commissioned HIGH TIMES, a 6 part comedy-drama set in a block of high-rise flats. It won Best Series at BAFTA Scotland and was subsequently nominated for both the Rose d'Or and Prix Italia. A 2nd series went on to be nominated for an RTS award.

Since then John has written several episodes of RIVER CITY, an adaptation of UNIMAGINED by Imran Ahmed, 3 pilots for Channel X and a couple of pilots for The Comedy Unit, one of which – THE DOUBLE LIFE OF MORTON COYLE- was sold to CBS for re-formatting.

John is currently polishing a thriller feature, RESEARCH, produced through Karen Smythe at La Belle Allee