Thanassis Scourbelos was born in Kolonos in 1944. He studied engraving and icon painting in Athens and cinema at the London Film School, on a scholarship from Amnesty International as a victim of the dictatorship. He has worked as a journalist on Athenian newspapers and periodicals, and has written screenplays for the cinema (Happy Homecoming, Comrade, Ariadne Lives on Leros, The Passage) and for television (Niobe’s Children). He has also written and directed feature films, including Johnny Keln, Madam, Hawaii and Alyosha, and he writes and translated plays.
He has served several terms on the board of the Hellenic Society of Authors and is a founding member of the Greek Scriptwriters’ Union.