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Alexander Stuart - Biography

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Alexander Chow-Stuart by Hudson Chow-Stuart.

Alexander Stuart (aka Alexander Chow-Stuart) is an internationally-based, British-born screenwriter and novelist, whose books have been translated into eight languages and published in the US, Britain, Europe, Israel, Australia and throughout the world. His most controversial novel, The War Zone, about a family torn apart by incest, was turned into a multi-award-winning film by Oscar-nominated actor/director Tim Roth.


To view the 40-minute talk Stuart gave at Film Fest Twain Harte about screenwriting for Hollywood and independents, including working one-on-one with Angelina Jolie, Jodie Foster, Tim Roth, Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Boyle, please play the video above or please click on this link.


The War Zone screenplay.

Stuart's screenplays include:

The War Zone for Tim Roth/Film4, starring Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton.

Bitten for Angelina Jolie (Warner Bros).

Head Shots for Jodie Foster with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing (Paramount).

Under The Skin for director Jonathan Glazer (Nick Wechsler Productions/Film4), starring Scarlett Johansson.

Whiteout, originally for Reese Witherspoon/Universal, but produced starring Kate Beckinsale for Dark Castle Entertainment/Warner Bros.

Stuart also adapted Toby Barlow's remarkable Los Angeles noir "epic poem" Sharp Teeth for Film4; Keith Scribner's dark satiric kidnapping novel The GoodLife, also for Film4; and Bill Buford's wild tale of soccer hooligans Among The Thugs for Kiefer Sutherland.

Stuart also served as executive producer of Nicolas Roeg's Insignificance, which brought together a fictionalized Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Joe DiMaggio and Senator Joe McCarthy, on one hot and humid night in New York, in a film starring Theresa Russell, Gary Busey, Tony Curtis and Michael Emil.

Theresa Russell in Insignificance. Photo collage by David Hockney.


The War Zone: 20th Anniversary Edition.

Stuart's books include:

The War Zonewhich "won and lost" Britain's prestigious Whitbread Prize for Best Novel - now the Costa Book Awards - amid controversy among the judges.

Tribes, his novel exploring violence and tenderness.

His non-fiction book Life On Mars, about Miami's South Beach in the 1990s, which inspired the television documentary, The End of America.

His non-fiction book Five And A Half Times Three (written with Ann Totterdell), about the death from cancer of their five-and-a-half-year-old son, Joe Buffalo Stuart.

And the children's books, Joe, Jo-Jo And The Monkey Masks and Henry And The Sea (written with Joe Buffalo Stuart).

Henry And The Sea, Catalan edition.

Other Work

Before moving to the United States, Stuart lived in London and Brighton, England. 

During the 1990s, he moved to Miami Beach, where he wrote Life On Mars, and taught screenwriting at the University of Miami

In 1997, he was commissioned by the Miami Art Museum to create an artwork, filmloop/fragments, to accompany a sculpture installation by the Polish artist, Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Stuart has also worked as a journalist all over the world, as a movie publicist and briefly ran a film and theater production company in London.

Alexander Stuart now lives in various locations with his wife, Charong Chow, and their two young children, a son and a daughter, both under ten.

On September 22 2006, Stuart was sworn in as a US citizen. In 2007, he informally adopted the surname Chow-Stuart to celebrate the fusion of both family names in his children's surname.

Chinatown Nights

Stuart is currently working on a longtime project, a noir novel set in 1919, titled Chinatown Nights.

A love story and thriller interweaving real-life and fictional characters, its tone is intended to be a mix of Blade Runner and The Maltese Falcon.

In this brief two-minute video, made for the recently completed and fully-funded Kickstarter campaign, Alexander Stuart talks about the book:

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