Adrian is a former staff writer and foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times and The Guardian, and the recipient of the One World award for foreign writing.
He has produced documentaries for HBO, PBS, BBC 1, BBC 2, C4, Facebook, and VICE TV. In 2010, his film City of Fear, on Pakistan’s bloodiest year, was nominated at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. In 2012, the C4 documentary Torture Trail, won the 2013 Amnesty International Media Award, and was short-listed for the Grierson Awards, besides being a finalist at the Rory Peck award.
Adrian was a producer for the Emmy-winning Season Three and Four of Vice-on-HBO — focusing on the gold rush and land rights in Peru, terror in Waziristan and child exploitation in Calcutta. He has worked as a producer for Dispatches (UK) and Frontline (PBS). This year, he is producing the theatrically released documentary, Patient Zero, directed by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney.
His sixth non-fiction book (co-written with Catherine Scott-Clark), The Exile, the drama of Bin Laden’s life on the run, was published in 2018. Deception (2008) was a Washington Post Book of the Year, and finalist in the Royal United Services Institute, Duke of Westminster’s medal for Military History. The Meadow (2012) won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as India’s best non-fiction book. The Siege, an account of the 26/11 assaults on Mumbai, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.
Adrian has lectured on journalism and documentary filmmaking at the London School of Economics, SOAS, Kings College, Cambridge and Oxford University, in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. He has also delivered talks at the Frontline Club in London, the Sorbonne in France, as well as Harvard and Princeton.