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.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

2016
MEDIEVAL THRILLER PROJECT
Feature film script development for Aktis Filmproduktion, Leipzig

2016
DIAS
Feature Film script, action thriller about the elite police motorcycle squad set in Athens. Sales: Memento Film International. Prods: Christoph Hahnheiser, Kostas Lambropoulous, Ankica Tilic, Diana Elbaum. German/Greek/Croatian/Belguim co-pro. Shooting commences Jan 2017.

 

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