Screenwriter Profile: Tom McCarthy


The Writer:

Tom McCarthy is a successful writer, director, and actor. He is the creative force behind Spotlight, which he both co-wrote and directed. He’s been nominated for three Oscars — one for directing Spotlight, another for writing it, and one for developing the story for Up.


Spotlight (written by) – 2015

The Cobbler (written by) – 2014

Million Dollar Arm (screenplay – as Thomas McCarthy) – 2014

Win Win (screenplay) / (story) – 2011

Up (story by) – 2009

The Visitor (written by) – 2007

The Station Agent (written by – as Tom Mccarthy) – 2003


[On Spotlight] Once you get over that initial shock and awe of how much material there was to cover, you start digging into the material and become really fascinated by and engaged with it, and we did. And yeah, it was a lot of work, but it was exciting work. It was really interesting work, parsing through details of not just the investigation, but its findings, and trying to determine what was most helpful in telling our story.

Look, taking chances is my job; some will connect and some won’t, and certain films find their audiences in different ways. I think Spotlight probably is a better movie because of The Cobbler. You learn with every movie you make, you learn from your mistakes and you learn from your achievements, and I really do have that approach to filmmaking.

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