John is an experienced, Emmy Award-winning film and TV director who has directed a wide range of films, from classic family book adaptations like STIG OF THE DUMP, which won a BAFTA, to romantic comedy (THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE) and comedy drama (THERE'S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE).
His feature debut was THE STEAL for Warner Bros. with Alfred Molina, Helen Slater, Stephen Fry and Jack Dee, while his television work includes the Channel 4 film, LOOKING BACK and AUTOGEDDON for the BBC, which starred Jeremy Irons and won six international awards including the Jury Prize at Shanghai. His original family Christmas special for the BBC that he produced, directed and co-wrote, THE LOST CHRISTMAS, starring Eddie Izzard, Jason Flemyng, Steven Macintosh and Geoffrey Palmer, won the 2012 International Kids Emmy Award for Best TV Movie / Mini - Series. The film was broadcast on BBC1 over Christmas and had its theatrical premiere at NFT1 in December 2011. It was also nominated for a BAFTA Children's award for Best Drama and a Broadcast Award for Best Children's Programme 2013. Impact Film and Television announced a development deal with Buccaneer Media at the end of 2013 for a slate of projects including a new adult drama starring Eddie Izzard.
John is currently working on a number of book to screen projects, including an adaptation of Jamila Gavin's CORAM BOY with Dave Logan for his company Impact Film and Television to which John is also attached to direct. He is also writing, with Rik Carmichael, LIVES IN SECRET, an adaptation of A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOEby Sarah Helm which is due to shoot in Northern Ireland later this year. Together with Dave Logan he is also under commission to write a treatment for a feature length book adaptation and a treatment and pilot script for a television series for Lime Pictures. John is attached to direct an epic love story set against the background of the Chinese Red Army's long march, RED RAIN, for which he is also co-writing the script with Rik Carmichael. Tang Wei (LUST, CAUTION) is attached to star.
John is also writing a live action feature film adaptation of John Ryan's Captain Pugwash, and is attached to direct the film. Atticus Pictures hold the rights to the characters and are developing the film adaptation.
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