Canadian director of critically acclaimed films The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica.
He became interested in writing plays as a teenager and graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
He was named Atom to mark the completion of Egypt's first nuclear reactor.
His sister Eve was a concert pianist. He married actress Arsinee Khanjian.
He cited the Ingmar Bergman film Persona in his interview for the book The Film That Changed My Life.