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Jon Amiel is a Director, Screenstory and Producer British born on 20 may 1948 at London (United-kingdom)

Jon Amiel

Jon Amiel
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 20 may 1948 (71 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Jon Amiel (born 20 May 1948) is an English film director who has since the early 1980s worked in film and television in both the UK and the US.

Biography

Early life
Amiel was born in London. He graduated from Cambridge University with an English literature degree and became involved with local theatre. After college, he went on to direct for the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Movie career
After having worked as a story editor for the BBC, he directed the documentary The Silent Twins, and was chosen to direct the Dennis Potter serial The Singing Detective. He made his feature film debut in 1989 with Queen of Hearts.

He has since predominantly worked in Hollywood. Amiel is currently directing the World War I comedy The Poisoners with actress Kerry Peers.

Best films

Entrapment (1999)
(Director)
Sommersby (1993)
(Director)

Usually with

Arnon Milchan
Arnon Milchan
(5 films)
Peter Boyle
Peter Boyle
(3 films)
Jim Carter
Jim Carter
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jon Amiel (11 films)

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Director

Creation
Creation (2009)
, 1h48
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Actors Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Campbell
Rating66% 3.349283.349283.349283.349283.34928
British naturalist Charles Darwin is a young father who lives a quiet life in an idyllic village. He is a brilliant and deeply emotional man, devoted to his wife and children. Darwin is especially fond of his eldest daughter Annie, a precocious and inquisitive ten-year-old. He teaches her much about nature and science, including his theory of evolution, and tells her stories of his travels. Her favourite story, despite the sad ending, is about the young orangutan Jenny, who is brought from Borneo to the London Zoo, where she finally died of pneumonia in the arms of her keeper. Darwin is furious when he learns that the family clergyman has made Annie kneel on rock salt as punishment for contradicting him about dinosaurs, as their existence and extinction contradicts the church's position that life is unchanging and that the Earth is very young.
The Core
The Core (2003)
, 2h15
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Transport films, Disaster films, American disaster films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Stanley Tucci, Tchéky Karyo, Christopher Shyer
Rating55% 2.750582.750582.750582.750582.75058
Geologist Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) and scientists Serge Leveque (Tchéky Karyo) and Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci) become aware of an instability of Earth's magnetic field after a series of incidents across the globe. They determine that the Earth's molten core, which generates this field, has stopped rotating, and within a year the field will collapse exposing the planet's surface directly to devastating solar radiation. Backed by the U.S. Government, Keyes, Leveque, and Zimsky create a plan to bore down to the core and set off several nuclear explosions to restart the rotation. They gain help of rogue scientist Ed "Braz" Brazzelton (Delroy Lindo) who has devised a vessel made of "Unobtainium" that can withstand the heat and pressure within the Earth's crust and convert it to energy, as well as a laser-driven boring system that will allow them to quickly pass through the crust. Construction starts immediately on the Virgil, a multi-compartment vessel to be helmed by Space Shuttle pilots Commander Robert Iverson (Bruce Greenwood) and Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs (Hilary Swank) who will join Keyes and the others. To prevent a worldwide panic, Keyes enlists computer hacker Theodore Donald "Rat" Finch (DJ Qualls) to scour the Internet and eliminate all traces of the pending disaster or their plan.
The Singing Detective
Directed by Jon Amiel, Keith Gordon
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Crime
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Michael Gambon, Jim Carter, Robin Wright, David Dorfman, Mel Gibson
Rating56% 2.8003852.8003852.8003852.8003852.800385
Dan Dark, écrivain rongé par une lente maladie dégénérative du cerveau, ne peut trouver la guérison qu'en s'immergeant dans un monde onirique qu'il a créé pour les besoins de l'un de ses ouvrages. Toutefois ce monde onirique s'insinue au fil du temps dans le monde réel.
Entrapment
Entrapment (1999)
, 1h50
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Will Patton, Maury Chaykin, Ving Rhames, Kevin McNally
Rating62% 3.148963.148963.148963.148963.14896
Virginia "Gin" Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is an investigator for "Waverly Insurance". Robert "Mac" MacDougal (Sean Connery) is a professional thief who specializes in international art. A priceless Rembrandt painting is stolen from an office one night, and Gin is sent undercover to investigate Mac as the chief suspect. She tries to entrap him with a proposition, claiming that she is a professional thief herself, and promises that she will help him steal a priceless Chinese mask from the well-guarded Bedford Palace. Before agreeing, Mac tells Gin his 'Rule Number One': "Never carry a gun: You carry a gun, you may be tempted to use it." They travel to Scotland and plan the complicated theft at Mac's hideout, an isolated castle. Aaron Thibadeaux (Ving Rhames), apparently the only ally that Mac trusts, arrives with supplies for the heist. While Mac is busy making final preparations, Gin contacts her boss, Hector Cruz (Will Patton), from a payphone, and informs him of Mac's whereabouts. Little does she know that the island is bugged, allowing Mac to eavesdrop on their conversation. Mac also makes sure to keep Gin's romantic advances at bay, unsure if she is a true partner in crime or an ambitious career woman on a mission.
The Man Who Knew Too Little, 1h35
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley, Alfred Molina, Richard Wilson, Geraldine James
Rating66% 3.3487653.3487653.3487653.3487653.348765
Wallace Ritchie (Murray) flies from Des Moines, Iowa, to London, England, to spend his birthday with his brother, James (Peter Gallagher), who is to hold a business dinner that evening. Though James is all too happy to spend time with Wally, his presence threatens to sour the evening, and so James sets Wallace up with an interactive improv theatre business, the "Theatre of Life", which promises to treat the participant as a character in a crime drama. Before the night begins, James hands Wallace a pair of Ambassador cigars, promising to "fire them up" before midnight in celebration of Wally's birthday. Trouble begins when Wallace answers a phone call intended for a hitman at the same payphone that the Theatre of Life uses for its act.
Copycat
Copycat (1995)
, 2h3
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, Harry Connick, William McNamara, J. E. Freeman
Rating65% 3.2995153.2995153.2995153.2995153.299515
After giving a guest lecture on criminal psychology at a local university, Dr Helen Hudson (Weaver), a respected field expert on serial killers, is cornered in a lavatory by one of her previous subjects, Daryll Lee Cullum (Harry Connick, Jr.), who kills a police officer and brutally attacks her. Helen becomes severely agoraphobic as a result, sealing herself inside an expensive hi-tech apartment, conducting her entire life from behind a computer screen and assisted by a friend, Andy (John Rothman).
Sommersby
Sommersby (1993)
, 1h54
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes L'usurpation d'identité, Political films, Films about capital punishment, Escroquerie
Actors Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman, James Earl Jones, William Windom, R. Lee Ermey
Rating62% 3.100463.100463.100463.100463.10046
John "Jack" Sommersby (Gere) left his farm to fight in the American Civil War and is presumed dead after six years. Despite the hardship of working their farm, his apparent widow Laurel (Foster) is quite content in his absence, because Jack was an unpleasant and abusive husband. She even makes remarriage plans with one of her neighbors, Orin Meacham (Pullman), who despite his own hardships (such as a wooden foot, which he wears to replace one that was lost in the war) has been helping her and her young son with the farmwork.
Tune in Tomorrow..., 1h47
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Keanu Reeves, Patricia Clarkson, Barbara Hershey, Richard Portnow, Peter Falk, Bill McCutcheon
Rating61% 3.099083.099083.099083.099083.09908
En 1951, à La Nouvelle-Orleans, Pedro Carmichael, scénariste brillant, est engagé par la radio "la Voix de La Nouvelle-Orleans". Son feuilleton Kings of the garden district est un succès sans précédent et redresse ainsi le taux d'écoute de la radio. Fin observateur, il alimente la trame de son feuilleton avec la vie privée de ses collaborateurs, ce qui ne manque pas de faire éclater un scandale.
Queen of Hearts, 1h52
Directed by Jon Amiel
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Joseph Long, Eileen Way
Rating66% 3.3436553.3436553.3436553.3436553.343655
The Silent Twins, 1h25
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin United-kingdom
Rating65% 3.280143.280143.280143.280143.28014

Scriptwriter

Creation
Creation (2009)
, 1h48
Directed by Jon Amiel
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Actors Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Campbell
Roles Screenstory
Rating66% 3.349283.349283.349283.349283.34928
British naturalist Charles Darwin is a young father who lives a quiet life in an idyllic village. He is a brilliant and deeply emotional man, devoted to his wife and children. Darwin is especially fond of his eldest daughter Annie, a precocious and inquisitive ten-year-old. He teaches her much about nature and science, including his theory of evolution, and tells her stories of his travels. Her favourite story, despite the sad ending, is about the young orangutan Jenny, who is brought from Borneo to the London Zoo, where she finally died of pneumonia in the arms of her keeper. Darwin is furious when he learns that the family clergyman has made Annie kneel on rock salt as punishment for contradicting him about dinosaurs, as their existence and extinction contradicts the church's position that life is unchanging and that the Earth is very young.

Producer

Simply Irresistible, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Cooking films
Actors Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flanery, Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker, Christopher Durang, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.
Roles Producer
Rating53% 2.6502952.6502952.6502952.6502952.650295
Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) inherits her late mother's restaurant, but lacks her mother's ability to cook. The restaurant is failing when Amanda meets a mysterious and possibly magical man at the local market. He introduces himself as Gene O'Reilly and claims to be an old friend of her mother's. He sells her crabs, one of which escapes cooking to become her personal mascot. This special crab is magical and it casts spells, with a wave of its claw. Amanda meets her love interest at the market, Tom Bartlett (Sean Patrick Flanery), a department store manager at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, who is opening an ambitious new restaurant inside his store. It is never explicitly explained why, but this eventful day transforms Amanda into a miraculous food magician; people who now eat her impressive new dishes start feeling exactly what she was feeling when she was making the dish. These are inspired by her emotions and created with the help of her magic crab. Amanda saves her restaurant overnight, and her relationship with Tom blossoms just as fast. However, Tom, being a career-minded control freak, panics when he realizes that not only could she be a witch who could be casting spells on him, but that his own emotions are getting the best of him, and he promptly dumps her. When Amanda goes to confront Tom one last time at his office, she witnesses the violent tantrum and resignation of a celebrity French chef hired for the opening of Tom's new restaurant. When it is discovered that Amanda is in fact the hot new chef in town everyone is talking about, she is hired on the spot, despite Tom's protests. Once Amanda overcomes her self-doubts and insecurities, she reaches her full potential as a chef, and the opening is a complete success. Though Tom refuses to taste Amanda's food during the opening, he eventually admits to himself he was wrong to reject Amanda because she made him feel emotional. He finally decides to embrace his feelings for her and goes after her. At the last minute, he reaches her with his own personal magic (a paper airplane), and the two reconcile on the dance floor.