Rowan Joffe is known as a writer for his box office success, The American, starring George Clooney, and for the acclaimed sequel, 28 Weeks Later. His directing debut for the BBC was Secret Life in 2007, and in 2009 he directed The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, which won him the Best Single Drama at the BAFTA TV Awards. In 2011 he directed his own adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel, Brighton Rock, for Optimum Films.

Rowan stressed to students the importance of making content that is personal to them and that they care about, or “writing what you know.” This is the only way that a filmmaker’s work will hold real meaning. When adapting screenplays from novels, which Rowan has had extensive experience with, he focuses on the story thread that he identifies with the most.