Scott, Allan 1941–

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Scott, Allan 1941–

(Alan Scott)


Original name, Allan G. Shiach; born September 16, 1941, in Elgin, Scotland; immigrated to the United States, 1967; son of Leslie K. (a lawyer) and Lucie Shiach; married Kathleen Breck, November 12, 1966; children: Dominic Leslie, Philippa Lucie, Luke Allan. Education: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, B.A. (honors), 1962. Avocational Interests: Old house restoration, skiing.


Agent—International Creative Management, 10250 Constellation Way, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Office—Rafford Films, 36 Marshall St., London W1F 7EY United Kingdom.


Screenwriter and producer. Freelance writer, 1964—; director for Highmac Ltd., Scotland, 1975-?, Rafford Films Ltd., London, 1984-86, and Whitegate Ltd., 1988-?; freelance film producer, 1985—; SMG Pictures, director; Scottish Film Council, director; Scottish Screen, director; British Film Institute, governor. Macallan-Glenlivet (distillers), Banff, Scotland, board vice-chair, 1978-80, board chair, 1980-97; Council of Scotch Whisky Association, member; Liveryman Worshipful Company of Distillers, governor; Freeman City of London, governor.


Association of Independent Producers, British Academy of Film and Television Artists, Writers Guild of America, American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Scotch Whiskey Association, Confederation of British Industries, Savile Club (London).

Awards, Honors:

Alexander Korda Award nomination (with Peter R. Simpson), best British film, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1998, Genie Award nominations (with Simpson), best motion picture and best screenplay, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1999, all for Regeneration.


Film Executive Producer:

Taffin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

Shallow Grave, Gramercy, 1994.

Two Deaths, Castle Hill, 1995.

True Blue (also known as Miracle at Oxford), Manuel Salvador, 1996.

Film Producer:

Cold Heaven, Hemdale Releasing Corporation, 1991.

Regeneration (also known as Behind the Lines and Renaissance), Imperial Entertainment/Norstar Entertainment, 1997.

The Match (also known as The Beautiful Game), Gramercy, 1999.

Grizzly Falls, Providence Entertainment, 1999.

The Fourth Angel (also known as Vengeance secrete), Artisan Entertainment, 2001.

Darkness Falling (also known as Dark Side and Somrbes secrets), Bedford Entertainment, 2002.

Fancy Dancing (also known as Au rythme de l'amour), Mackinac Media, 2002.

Almost Heaven, Odeon Films, 2006.

Dylan, 2008.



(With Chris Bryant and Andrew Meredith) The Man Who Had Power Over Women (adapted from the novel by Gordon Williams), Avco Embassy, 1970.

(As Alan Scott; with Bryant) Don't Look Now (also known as A Venezia … un dicembre rosso shocking; adapted from the story by Daphne du Maurier), British Lion/Paramount, 1973.

(With Bryant) The Girl from Petrovka (adapted from the novel by George Feifer), Universal, 1974.

(With Bryant) The Spiral Staircase, Warner Bros., 1975.

(With Bryant) Joseph Andrews (adapted from the novel by Henry Fielding), Paramount, 1976.

Golden Rendezvous (also known as Nuclear Terror), 1977.

(With Bryant and Clive Exton) The Awakening (adapted from the novel Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker; also known as The Wakening), Warner Bros., 1980.

(With Bryant) Martin's Day, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984.

(With David Ambrose and Jeffrey Ellis) D.A.R.Y.L., Paramount, 1985.

Castaway (based on the books Castaway by Lucy Irvine and The Islander by Gerald Kingsland), Cannon, 1987.

(With Wesley Moore) Apprentice to Murder, New World, 1988.

The Witches (adapted from the book by Roald Dahl), Warner Bros., 1990.

Cold Heaven, Hemdale Releasing, 1991.

Two Deaths, Castle Hill, 1995.

The Preacher's Wife, Buena Vista/Samuel Goldwyn, 1996.

In Love and War, New Line Cinema/Warner Bros., 1996.

Regeneration (also known as Behind the Lines and Renaissance), Imperial Entertainment/Norstar Entertainment, 1997.

The Fourth Angel (also known as Vengeance secrete), Artisan Entertainment, 2001.

(With Trevon Kezios and Patrick Ryan) The Cleaners, 2003.

Also wrote The Mating Birds; The Challenger; Across the River and into the Trees; Don Coyote; Abracadaver; Alexandra; (with Bryant) Nine Tiger Man; Plumb Drillin The Murder League; The Persian Ransom; The Cormorant; Something Moves; The Yermakov Transfer; The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes; Lifeline; (and with G. Tabori), The Man from Nowhere.

Film Songs:

"Better Late than Never, Coming to America, Paramount, 1988.

Television Miniseries:

Beryl Markham: "A Shadow on the Sun" (also known as Shadow on the Sun), CBS, 1988.

Samson and Delilah (also known as Die Bibel: Samson und Delila and Sansone e Dalila), 1996.

Television Episodes:

"Polonaise," Special Branch, 1973.

"A Dime a Dance," Fallen Angels, 1995.