Jon Amiel (Director)
British director Jon Amiel graduated from Cambridge University, where he studied English literature. He ran the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company, which frequently toured the United States, and subsequently became literary manager for the Hampstead Theatre Company and began directing there before moving on to direct for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Amiel joined the BBC as a story editor before starting to direct for television. His film The Silent Twins, based on the true story of twin girls who invented their own language to cut themselves off from the rest of the world, was the BBC selection for entry at the Locarno and Montreal Festivals and is still regularly shown on television.
In 1986 he directed all six episodes of the multi award-winning drama series The Singing Detective which has come to be regarded as one of the greatest dramas ever made for television.
Amiel’s feature film debut Queen of Hearts opened at the Cannes Film Festival, and was named Best First Film at the Montreal Film Festival and won the Best British Feature Film Award at the Birmingham Festival. Tune in Tomorrow, based on the novel ‘Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter’ by Mario Vargas Llosa, and starring Barbara Hershey and Keanu Reeves, was his American film debut and won the Prix Publique at the Deauville Film Festival.
Amongst his feature film credits are The Core with Hilary Swank & Aaron Eckhart, Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Man Who Knew Too Little with Bill Murray, Copycat with Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter, and Sommersby with Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.
He has also continued his career in television in the US and recently directed four successful pilots – Eyes, Reunion, Damages and Wedding Bells. Most recently he directed the season finale episodes of The Tudors.
Amiel is currently developing new series ideas for television and several feature projects, including 105 Degrees, an account of the last ten days leading to the fall of Saigon.