Allan Scott conceived the notion of turning Priscilla into a musical while atop a rain drenched hill in his native Scotland. Go figure. He has written, co-written, produced or co-produced over 20 feature films, four of which were with his long-time collaborator, Nicolas Roeg. The first of these was the Venice-set thriller Don't Look Now, (co-written with Chris Bryant and starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland) which was recently voted one of the top ten British films ever made. Other credits include The Preacher's Wife (Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington, director Penny Marshall), The Witches (starring Anjelica Huston, Rowan Atkinson and Mai Zetterling) and In Love and War (Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, directed by Richard Attenborough).
He was Executive Producer of the cult thriller Shallow Grave and has produced two films which he also wrote: Regeneration (Jonathan Pryce) which was nominated by the British Academy for Best Film, and The Fourth Angel (Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Charlotte Rampling.) His contribution to the screenplay of the forthcoming movie Kon Tiki was acknowledged when the film received an Oscar nomination (in the Foreign Language category) at the Academy Awards. He has won a Mystery Writers of America Award and a Writers' Guild Award.
If encouraged, he can sing the scores of three dozen musicals. If provoked, he will.