Colin Vaines, film producer; began his career in the film industry in 1977 as a journalist with the trade paper Screen International. In 1984, he left journalism to run the UK’s National Film Development Fund, and act as consultant to parent body British Screen Finance.
In 1987, he oversaw UK development for Columbia Pictures during David Puttnam’s tenure at the studio, subsequently becoming head of development for Puttnam’s own production company, Enigma, working on films including Memphis Belle.
He made his debut as a producer in 1992 with the Emmy-winning TV film A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, which introduced Ralph Fiennes in the title role.
During this time, in addition to developing projects as an independent producer, Vaines was artistic director of both the Performing Arts Screenwriting Lab in the UK, and the writers’ lab SCRAWL in South Africa. Among the writers he handpicked to develop their projects at these workshops were Simon Beaufoy, who went on to write The Full Monty, John Hodge, who went on to write Trainspotting, Lee Hall, who went on to write Billy Elliot, and John Michael McDonagh, who went on to write and direct the acclaimed The Guard.