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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 20, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: director, producer, literary manager, composer, story editor

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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 and accolades for "Queen of Hearts" (1989), a charming saga of an Italian immigrant family transplanted to England as seen through the eyes of a child. This beguiling blend of comedy, fantasy and drama lit the way to the US, where Amiel directed Peter Falk and Barbara Hershey in "Tune in Tomorrow" (1990), a light-hearted romp that took place in and around a New Orleans radio show.

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 and accolades for "Queen of Hearts" (1989), a charming saga of an Italian immigrant family transplanted to England as seen through the eyes of a child. This beguiling blend of comedy, fantasy and drama lit the way to the US, where Amiel directed Peter Falk and Barbara Hershey in "Tune in Tomorrow" (1990), a light-hearted romp that took place in and around a New Orleans radio show.

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  Creation (2009)
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  Core, The (2003) Director
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  Entrapment (1999) Director
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  Copycat (1995) Director
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  Sommersby (1993) Director
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  Tune In Tomorrow (1990) Director
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  Queen of Hearts (1989) Director

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Began professional career composing music for the theater
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Became literary manager for Hamstead Theatre Club and began directing for them two years later; also director for Royal Shakespeare Company
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Joined BBC as story editor while taking a three-month directing course
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Directed a dozen films for British TV including "A Sudden Wrench", "Gates of Gold", "Busted" and "Romance, Romance"
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Produced the British TV series "Tandoori Nights" (also directed)
1985:
Feature directing debut, "The Silent Twins", a BBC produced psychodrama screened at the London Film Festival
1988:
US TV debut, "The Luck Child", an episode of "The Storyteller", a Jim Henson-produced children's fantasy series
1989:
Helmed first feature released theatrically in the US, "Queen of Hearts"
1990:
US directing debut, "Tune in Tomorrow"
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Education

University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -

Notes

"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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