In the world of writers, Davies is a renaissance man: an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist and screenwriter of “Lion,” Garth Davis’ heartbreaking drama starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, which opens this month.
Based on a true story about an adopted Indian boy who finds his birth mother as an adult marks a welcome change for the Sydney-born recovering heroin addict.
“For a long time I was a starving artist, and my addiction became part of my semi-autobiographical first novel ‘Candy,’ which was made into a film in 2006 with Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, and Geoffrey Rush,” says Davies.
In 2007, he moved to L.A.
“I came to check out representation, and then just stayed, but I really struggled for the first four, five years,” he admits. “I had no work, no forward movement.”
His break came when “Life,” his screenplay about James Dean, was made into a film directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton, and Ben Kingsley.
Davies recently adapted the memoir “Beautiful Boy” for Brad Pitt’s Plan B and New Regency with Felix Van Groeningen attached to direct.
“Brad will co-produce, and maybe also play the father,” says Davies, who’s writing a television miniseries adaptation of “Catch-22,” for David Michôd to direct.
Reps: Geoff Morley, Larry Salz, and Bec Smith at UTA; Eva Lontscharitsch at EML Entertainment
Inspirations: John Steinbeck, “Aguirre, the Wrath of God”
In his words:
“For a long time I was a starving artist.”