is an English Literature graduate from Cambridge University. After working in theatre for nearly ten years, he began his film career as a story editor for the BBC before moving on to directing. His documentary drama, The Silent Twins
, which explores the extraordinary world of twin sisters who invented their own language, was soon followed by his award-winning and critically acclaimed dramatic series, The Singing Detective
, hailed as a new benchmark in television.
Amiel's 1989 feature directorial debut Queen of Hearts opened at the Cannes Film Festival, was named Best First Film at the Montreal Film Festival, won the Best British Feature Film Award at the Birmingham Festival and was recently named as one of 100 best British movies of all time. The British director then made his American debut with Tune in Tomorrow, based on the novel Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa. The film, starring Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk and Barbara Hershey, won the Prix Publique at the Deauville Film Festival.
Amiel's recent credits include the thriller Entrapment, starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the comedy The Man Who Knew Too Little, starring Bill Murray and Joanne Whalley, the thriller Copycat, starring Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter and Sommersby, a period drama starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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