June 13 – Our Kind of Traitor

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Our Kind of TraitorMeet on the Fox Studios backlot for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay OUR KIND OF TRAITOR.

Logline: While on holiday in Marrakesh, a Russian oligarch lures an unsuspecting British couple into helping him defect, positioning them between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.

Writers: Academy Award nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini (Wings of the Dove) adapted the 2010 novel of the same name by John le Carré (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Amini’s other acclaimed screenplays include Drive, 47 Ronin, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Our Kind of Traitor stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars prequel trilogy), Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), Stellan Skarsgård (Marvel’s The Avengers, Mama Mia!, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Damian Lewis (Homeland). The film is directed by Susanna White (Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang).

Producers and Production Companies: The Ink Factory’s Simon  Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell (A Most Wanted Man), Potboiler Productions’ Gail Egan (Mr. Turner), StudioCanal, Film4, and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Release Date: July 1 (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions).

Rated R. 108 minutes. 105 pages. Spy thriller.

Brian HerskowitzBRIAN HERSKOWITZ will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. Brian currently holds the title of lead faculty in screenwriting for the prestigious Boston University in Los Angeles – Writer In Hollywood Program, has taught online for UCLA Extension, and spent five years as the sit-com instructor for Writer’s Bootcamp. He has written for such TV shows as Blossom, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Acapulco Heat, Dream On, Renegade, and Murder, She Wrote. His feature screenwriting credits include the horror/thriller Darkroom and the family comedy Tio Papi. Also a talented actor, producer, and director, Brian made the award-winning short film Odessa or Bust starring Jason Alexander, Red Buttons, and Jason Schwartzman, and the domestic abuse documentary 1736: Somewhere To Turn. Find out more about Brian and his projects at brianherskowitz.com.