Neil LaBute is a writer, director, and playwright. His first film, In the Company of Men, debuted at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and won the dramatic Filmmakers Trophy. Nurse Betty (2000) screened at Cannes. LaBute has written plays that have been performed on stages around the world, including Bash: Latter Day Plays (2000), The Mercy Seat (2002), The Shape of Things (2003), and reasons to be pretty (2009), which was nominated for three Tony Awards. He is also the author of the short story collection Seconds of Pleasure. –Sundance
LaBute takes a lot of flak for moving into studio projects, but I think he has continued to do interesting work. If you're going to have a certain expectation of him then yes his later films are disappointing, but if you see it as merely his development and evolution then they are just as interesting. I am a big fan of his and believe he is extremely talented despite the fact that most of his films are so hard-hitting that I don't think I could ever bear to watch them again. Possession needs to be added. That was one of his best.