JONATHAN ENGLISH

Agent: Conrad Williams

Biography: Jonathan is a writer, director and producer for film whose breakthrough came with IRONCLAD in 2011. A hit with critics and at the box office, it is set in the Thirteenth Century against the backdrop of the signing of the Magna Carta and the siege of Rochester castle. It stars Paul Giamatti as King John, along with a cast of British actors including Brian Cox, Sir Derek Jacobi, and James Purefoy. Released throughout the world in 2011, the film received rave reviews, and was named Empire’s No.1 action movie of 2011. Jonathan wrote and directed a sequel IRONCLAD 2: BATTLE FOR BLOOD in 2013, starring Michelle Fairley, Tom Austen, and Danny Webb.

As a producer, Jonathan has worked on films such as EMILE starring Ian McKellen, THE POET, starring Dougray Scott and A GOOD WOMAN, starring Scarlett Johannson and Helen Hunt. In 2012 Jonathan also directed his first stage play in Los Angeles, AMERICAN BUFFALO by David Mamet, which ran for seven weeks at Theatre 68.

CREDITS AS WRITER/DIRECTOR:

2014

IRONCLAD 2: BATTLE FOR BLOOD

Distributed by Warner Bros

Starring: Michelle Fairley, Tom Austen, and Danny Webb

2011

IRONCLAD

Distributed by Warner Bros

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, James Purefoy, Kate Mara and Charles Dance

‘Tense, thrilling and action packed... breathtaking excitement’

David Edwards, Daily Mirror

‘Brutal, bone-splintering brilliance’

Robbie Collin, News Of The World 

The Magnificent Seven, in chainmail. Jonathan English's action movie takes history as its base metal – the siege of Rochester Castle by King John in 1215 – and forges it into the cold steel of Medieval derring-do.’

Anthony Quinn, The Independent

‘A gore-filled guilty pleasure, Jonathan English’s “Ironclad” is basically a... 1215 version of The Magnificent Seven.’

The New York Post

Barbaric, patriotic and absurdly masculine, IRONCLAD is battle-scene cinema worth its salt... Unlike most films in the genre, it develops its characters with impeccable subtlety.’

The Hollywood News

‘Offers enough dismemberments, royal tantrums and portcullis-rammings to make for a lively Saturday night out.’

Kim Newman, Empire

‘Like Takashii Miike's 13 Assassins, Ironclad takes a familiar genre-the historical action picture-and colors it blood-red.’

Film Journal International

2006

MINATOUR

Distributed by Lionsgate

Starring: Tom Hardy, Rutger Hauer and Tony Todd

 2002

NAILING VIENNA

Screenplay by Mark Millen

Starring: James Murray, Daniel O’Meara and Merryn Owen

CREDITS AS PRODUCER:

2013

SWEET VENGEANCE

Dir: Logan Miller

Screenplay by Logan Miller and Noah Miller

Starring: Ed Harris, January Jones and Jason Isaacs

2004

A GOOD WOMAN

Dir: Mike Barker

Screenplay by: Howard Himelstein (based on the play by Oscar Wilde)

Starring: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson

2003

THE POET

Dir: Paul Hills

Screenplay by: Robert Hammond, Barbara Jago, Emil Meyer and Leslie Proctor

Starring: Dougray Scott and Laura Harring

2003

EMILE

Written and Directed by Carl Bessai

Starring: Ian McKellen, Deborah Kara Unger

2001

MARRIED/UNMARRIED

Written and directed by Noli

Starring: Paolo Seganti, Ben Daniels

1997

SO THIS IS ROMANCE?

Written and directed by Kevin W. Smith

Starring: John Hannah, Reece Dinsdale and Victoria Smurfit