Iain Softley

Iain Softley
Born (1956-10-30) 30 October 1956
Chiswick, London, England, UK
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Curtis (3 children)

Iain Softley (born 30 October 1956) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. His best-known films include Hackers and K-PAX.[1]


A stage adaptation of Softley's film Backbeat was performed at the Duke of York's Theatre, London (17 September – 24 March 2011), co-written with Stephen Jeffreys, musical direction by Paul Stacey, and directed by David Leveaux.[2]

In 2015, the BBC broadcast a two-part adaptation of author Sadie Jones’ novel The Outcast which Softley had directed.[3] In The Guardian, Julia Raeside was impressed, writing: "The tone set by Iain Softley’s beautifully restrained direction and the careful use of music creates a real feeling of loss from the start, just as in the book, but he somehow avoids all hammy visual foreshadowing and narrative signposting, so often used to gee a plot along".[4] By contrast, Terry Ramsey, reviewing the first episode in The Daily Telegraph, found himself "sternly unmoved" by its "relentlessly emotional, heart-tugging story of tragedy, its gushing orchestral music and its soft-focus shots of people with quivering lower lips and moistening eyes".[5]

Personal life

Softley is married to film producer Sarah Curtis. Together, they have three children.[6]


  1. "Iain Softley". IMDb.
  2. "Official Duke of York's Theatre Website", Ambassador Theatre Group; accessed 22 August 2011.
  3. "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". http://www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  4. Raeside, Julia (13 July 2015). "The Outcast review – 'I feared for Sadie Jones's adaptation of her perfect novel – but it is excellent'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. Ramsey, Terry (12 July 2015). "The Outcast, episode 1, review: 'relentlessly emotional and heart-tugging'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. Robert, Christina (4 November 2012). "How I make it work: Sarah Curtis". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 October 2013. (subscription required (help)).

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