(Director) most recent credits include the Warner Bros. 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.
The British director graduated from Cambridge University, where
he studied English literature. He ran the Oxford and Cambridge
Shakespeare Company, which frequently toured the United States.
He subsequently became literary manager for the Hampstead Theatre
Company and began directing there before moving on to the Royal
Amiel joined the BBC as a story editor, and studied television
directing. His documentary The Silent Twins, exploring
the extraordinary world of twin girls who invented their own language
and communication 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. His work on the award-winning
drama series The Singing Detective was hailed as setting
a new bench-mark for television drama and gathered acclaim throughout
In 1989 Amiel's feature film debut Queen of Hearts opened
at 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
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