After finishing Oxford, Darby spent five years with the BBC, rising to become a television director and producer for such awardwinning documentary series as Global Report, Under the Sun and Only One Earth.
In 1989, Darby moved to Los Angeles as a Fulbright Scholar and earned a master of fine arts degree in screenwriting at the University of Southern California while working for TriStar Pictures, which he joined in 1990 as an executive assistant to chairman Mike Medavoy. Darby was promoted to senior vice president of production in May of 1992 and went on to supervise such films as Total Recall, The Fisher King, Bugsy, Terminator 2, Hook, Basic Instinct, Cliffhanger, and Legends of the Fall.
In 1993, while at TriStar Pictures, Darby wrote and directed a short film called Contact, with financing from the Chanticleer Films Discovery Program. The film, which starred Brad Pitt and Elias Koteas, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film.
Hush is Darby's first theatrical feature.
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