“Annabel is a true creative force who has a passion for doing fresh and arresting work whether it be comedy, heartfelt documentary style campaigns or visual storytelling, ” says Johnny Doran, Saville’s Executive Producer. “She gets excited talking about new ideas, and is always seeking out a new approach. Take the work she directed for Greenpeace, for example, it’s irreverent, provocative and completely unexpected.”
Jankel first came to prominence as co-creator/director of the memorable cyberpunk television movie, Max Headroom. It generated an explosion of rave reviews as "The first successful collision of rock culture, and video technology" and "Wonderfully weird, superbly strange, insanely inventive, the hippest most imaginative thing on TV today."
The critical and commercial acclaim that followed Max Headroom brought Jankel to Hollywood to co-direct feature films such as D.O.A.. – a film-noir thriller, starring Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid – praised for its “quirky, quicksilver style” by critics Siskel and Ebert, and Super Mario Brothers ‘ a Sci-Fi fantasy starring Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper.
In 1990, after directing a number of high-profile commercials, Jankel partnered with Rocky Morton and David Zander to form MJZ – Morton Jankel Zander. Jankel’s award winning commercials include her “Kiss” spot for Hallmark which earned a “World’s Best-Humor Commercial” and “Best Directed Commercial, Best of Show” at the IBA – International Broadcast Awards. She was also awarded the GOLD Award for “Best TV Commercial Campaign” at the Worldfest REMI Awards.
Jankel is in active development on Skellig, a feature film adapted from the Whitbread and Carnegie Award winning novel by David Almond. She is in production directing Live From Abbey Road, a 12-part series of one-hour shows for Channel 4 and the Sundance Channel that gives a unique look at famous music stars and how they came to create the music which led to their fame. The acts featured include Paul Simon, Muse, The Killers, Primal Scream, Dr John, Ray Lamontagne, Richard Ashcroft and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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