RORY HAINES is a Screenwriter/Director and a graduate from Columbia University’s prestigious MFA Film Program.
Rory was born in Bradford, England to parents who were deeply involved in the trade-unionist movement. Growing up in Yorkshire and Belfast, Rory was constantly surrounded by political and human struggle, which continues to occupy his work.
Rory began his career in London working as a TV producer. He first set foot on US soil when directing a three-part documentary on Gospel music in Nashville. Rory soon moved across the pond for good to begin his MFA at Columbia University in New York.
In 2008 the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized Rory for his short film DRY RIVER ROAD. The film played at festivals internationally and was broadcast on US television. His second short film was part of the JUNKYARD TRILOGY starring Tom Gilroy and CJ Foster. The films also played across the festival circuit. In 2009 Rory was selected for the Nantucket Screenwriter’s Colony and he began to work as a feature screenwriter. He has since been awarded the Ezra Litwak Award for distinction in Screenwriting, has been a repeat Nicholls Fellowship semi-finalist (2010/11) and was named on the Young and Hungry List as one of the most exciting young screenwriter’s in Hollywood.
David Lonner’s Oasis Media Management has represented Rory since 2010 where he has worked on feature screenplays with Film development companies and producers. Rory has also taught screenwriting at Columbia University, ESRA College and Gotham Writer’s Workshop.
Rory currently lives in Los Angeles, though he occasionally hops on the plane back to England to visit his mum.
I have been in the industry since 2005.