An acclaimed British TV director, notably of Dennis Potter's surreal musical mystery drama "The Singing Detective" (BBC, 1986-87; PBS 1988), Jon Amiel successfully segued to features, gaining notice a...
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|US TV debut, "The Luck Child", an episode of "The Storyteller", a Jim Henson-produced children's fantasy series|
|Produced the British TV series "Tandoori Nights" (also directed)|
|Began professional career composing music for the theater|
|Became literary manager for Hamstead Theatre Club and began directing for them two years later; also director for Royal Shakespeare Company|
|Directed a dozen films for British TV including "A Sudden Wrench", "Gates of Gold", "Busted" and "Romance, Romance"|
|US directing debut, "Tune in Tomorrow"|
|Feature directing debut, "The Silent Twins", a BBC produced psychodrama screened at the London Film Festival|
|Helmed first feature released theatrically in the US, "Queen of Hearts"|
|Joined BBC as story editor while taking a three-month directing course|
Amiel entered show business as a composer for the London stage. After college, he was hired to select plays for the Hampstead Theatre Club, a leading London venue for new playwrights, where he began directing. Amiel also directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company before becoming a story editor for the BBC. A three-month directing course led to a successful career as a director of TV dramas, notably the award-winning "Romance Romance" (1984).
Amiel has stated, "I'm drawn like a moth to a candle to the unusual, the elliptical, the provocative." This quality was evident in his US debut, "The Luck Child" (NBC, 1988), an episode of Jim Henson's children's fantasy TV series, "The Storyteller", but was somewhat lacking in his first Hollywood commercial success, the period romance "Sommersby" (1993). An attractive production boasting the stellar pairing of Jodie Foster and Richard Gere, this remake of the 1982 French hit, "The Return of Martin Guerre", was a fairly standard, well-made studio melodrama.
"Copycat" (1995) was a derivative thriller featuring strong women (Sigourney Weaver as an agoraphobic psychologist; Holly Hunter as a dedicated police detective) but an improbable story. Amiel was successful in establishing the mood of the piece by using odd camera angles and was aided immensely by Laszlo Kovacs' camera work and Christopher Young's score. The director elicited fine performances from the two leading ladies, who worked hard to cover the plot holes.
|University of Cambridge|
|"I've always had an interest in that place, almost between sleeping and waking, where the reality of the mind and the reality of the outside world meet. In my films, fantasy, myths and dreams all have, in a sense, equal weight to physical reality." --Jon Amiel|
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