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J.K. Amalou

Producer & Director
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J.K. Amalou directed and produced Hard Men, a low-budget gangster comedy, which sold in over 40 countries.  He has also written, produced and directed The Man Who Would Be Queen (2007) a dark comedy about the English middle classes and Deviation (2012), a taut psychological thriller.

J.K. has also developed various projects in the U.S. for studios like Fox, Disney and Touchstone with such big names as Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, Arnon Milchan, Diane Keaton, Mark Wahlberg, etc. In addition, JK has worked as a consultant on hundreds of scripts for companies like Canal Plus, Polygram Classics, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, European Script Fund, MEDIA Programme.

He also produced a number of short films, music videos and documentaries for Channel 4 and broadcasters throughout Europe.  His biggest success as a producer was La Belle Epoche, an £8 million drama written by Francois Truffaut and starring Kristin Scott-Thomas.  At the same time, he pursued his writing career, turning out screenplays for cult director Harry Kumel, Juan-Luis Bunuel, George Sluizer.

JK’s company Silver Leaf Pictures is currently shooting Hitman Thriller Assassin with Richwater Films, starring King of the Indies Danny Dyer and Martin and Gary Kemp, who’ve reunited for the first time in 20 years since cult favourite The Krays.

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