Jeffrey Caine

Jeffrey Caine

Born in London, Jeffrey Caine was educated at the Universities of Sussex and Leeds. He taught English in schools and colleges for three years before becoming a professional writer.

Married in 1969 and widowed in 1995, he has two daughters and three grandchildren.

After writing mainly for British television between 1986 and 1992, during which period his own series THE CHIEF ran for five seasons, he has concentrated in recent years on screenplays.

His previously produced screenplays to date are GOLDENEYE (1995), INSIDE I’M DANCING (a.k.a. RORY O’SHEA WAS HERE) (2004) and THE CONSTANT GARDENER (2005).

INSIDE I’M DANCING won an IFTA Script Award in 2004; THE CONSTANT GARDENER was nominated for Academy, BAFTA and Writers’ Guild of America Awards.


GALILEO - Proposed serial based on the story of one of the most original and brave thinkers in history for Green Room entertainment / BBC and Greenroom Entertainment.

CARTHAGE - Six-part drama series for The History Channel based on the Second Punic War; currently in development with Red Arrow.

H.G.WELLS SHORT STORIES - 3 x 1 hour teleplays for Hallmark Entertainment. The Late Mr Elversham/The New Faust, Aepyornis Island and The Door in the Wall.

BODYGUARDS - Original series for Zenith/Carlton.

THE CHIEF - Original award-nominated series for Anglia TV about the politics of policing. The series protagonist is the newly appointed Chief Constable of a large provincial force.


THE CONSTANT GARDENER - (2005) Feature adaptation of John Le Carré novel. Produced by Simon Channing-Williams and directed by Fernando Meirelles. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz star. Released in the US August 2005, in the UK 11 November 2005. Screenplay nominated for:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay for the 78th Academy Award 2006.

  • The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2006

  • Finalist of 18th Annual University of Southern California Scripter Award for a film adaptation.

  • Screenwriter of the Year by The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. Nominated as Best Adapted Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America.

Screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2005. Nominated for seven British Independent Film Awards 2005.

INSIDE I’M DANCING - (2004) (U.S. Title: RORY O'SHEA WAS HERE) Feature drama about the friendship between two disabled young men. Directed by Damien O’Donnell and produced by James Flynn for Octagon Films and Working Title. Released Autumn 2004.

Winner Audience Award, Edinburgh Film Festival 2004
Winner Best Screenplay Award at Irish Film Awards 2004
Selected for Sundance January 2005

GOLDENEYE - (1995) United Artists/MGM - starring Pierce Brosnan in his first outing as James Bond.


THE WHITE MOUSE - Screenplay based on the wartime work of Australian SOE heroine Nancy Wake, for White Mouse Pty Ltd.

THE KINGMAKER - Commissioned by Ridley Scott/Fox: to write a screenplay based on the life of Gertrude Bell, who following World War One, achieved fame as one of the chief architects of the modern state of Iraq.

GUCCI - Rewrite of a sceenplay about the Gucci family; for Scott Free.

EXODUS - Rewrite of a screenplay based on the life of Moses; for Fox and director Ridley Scott.

PETER PAN IN SCARLET - Commissioned by Headline Pictures and BBC Films; feature adaptation of a sequel to the J. M. Barrie classic by Geraldine McCaughrean.

SILVER GHOST - Original feature in development with Anthony Haas and Richard Attenborough.

THE SONG OF NAMES - Feature adaptation of Norman Lebrecht's book for Nick Hirschkorn of Feel Films, director Vadim Perelman attached.

CARBONEL - Animated feature based on Barbara Sleigh's trilogy in development with Martin Pope and Michael Rose of Magic Light Pictures.

THE PERSIAN BRIDE - Adaptation of James Buchan's novel for New Line,    Los Angeles.


THE MAGIC BULLET - Adaptation of a novel by Harry Stein, for New Regency Productions.                         

HEROIC MEASURES - Feature screenplay re-write for Columbia Pictures.

BUDDY - A free adaptation with a contemporary American setting of Bulgakov's classic novella of transmutation. Romantic comedy for Touchstone.

VINTAGE MUSCATEL - Original screenplay for Zenith Productions; the story of a successful businessman, now on Skid Row, who finds a passage through despair to an unexpected triumph in a New York court. Rights currently owned by Richard Gere.

SONJA - Feature film screenplay commissioned by Redbreast Films. An adaptation of Dr Albert Haas' autobiographical wartime love story; an account of a husband/wife resistance team in occupied France, their arrest, imprisonment in concentration camps, and eventual reunion.

REQUESTS AND REQUIRES - Original thriller screenplay about a man who attempts to rescue his son from kidnappers - British and African setting.

THE HOMING - Adaptation of his own novel (see below) for Blue Horizon Productions.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT - A modern adaptation of Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE for Irwin Winkler and Columbia Pictures.

CODETALKERS - Original screenplay for Astoria Productions. A fictional account, based on true events, of the lives of three Navajo Indians before, during and after World War II.


THE COLD ROOM - W H Allen / Alfred A Knopf, 1976
An adolescent girl accompanies her father to East Berlin, 1972. They stay at a hotel, formerly an apartment house, where she enters, with disturbing consequences, the mind of another girl; one who lived there thirty years earlier.(Filmed in 1983 for HBO with George Segal: Producer, Mark Forstater, Director, James Dearden.)

HEATHCLIFF - W H Allen / Alfred A Knopf, 1977
The 'missing' years of Emily Bronte's romantic hero: an account of his adventures in the criminal underworld of eighteenth century London and of his education there by a lady of fashion. Re-issued in paperback by Grafton Books, August 1993

THE HOMING - (co-author) Putnam / Michael Joseph 1980 / Mandarin Geor