After studies in English literature, Jon Amiel graduated from Cambridge University and ran the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company, which often toured the USA. He became the Hampstead Theatre Company’s literary manager and began directing there, relocating to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Amiel joined the BBC as a story editor, studied television directing and did TV work through the late 1970s and early 1980s, scoring attention in 1985 with Silent Twins, The (1985), an unforgettable recreation of the tragic “silent twins” June and Jennifer Gibbons, who spoke only to each other. Airing during the same year Marjorie Wallace’s non-fiction book The Silent Twins (1986) was published by Prentice Hall), the docudrama was the BBC’s selection for entry at the Locarno and Montreal Film Festivals.
As noted in Stephen Gilbert’s biography of Dennis Potter, Amiel was working on The Silent Twins (1986) when Kenith Trodd gave him the six Singing Detective scripts. After… read more
While not as good as 'The Return of Martin Guerre' (on which it's based), this otherwise forgettable film is notable for the outstanding, thankless performance by Foster (one of her best, and certainly her most unappreciated). Unfortunately, Gere isn't up to task opposite her, and she's left to carry much of the film.
Rota de hocico holywoodense al film frances El regreso de Martin Guerre. Obvio, carece de la profundidad tanto emocional como anecdotica de la pelicula de Vigne,ademas de abusar de los tics melodramaticos; sin embargo, si uno no se pone demasiado exigente,hasta resulta buena. Eso si,no se puede pasar por alto el desperdicio de un elenco excepcional ni el narcisismo de Richard Gere,sintiendose mas bello que la Foster.