Acclaim for THE INFIDEL:

Appignanesi jumps, in one beautifully executed move, to join the front rank of new British directors. His timing is perfect, his feel for the rhythm of moral action is bracing.

Startlingly, for this second project, [Appignanesi] shifts gear for something more confrontational and taboo-busting... a broad comedy that gleefully and repeatedly stamps on the tender toes of liberal correctness.
**** Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

Acclaim for SONG OF SONGS:
A cinematic milestone… a challenging, unashamedly intellectual rigour to it. Song of Songs confirms [Natalie Press] as a star. In both style and content, the film reveals a distinctive and bold new voice in British cinema.
Jason Solomons, THE OBSERVER

Terrific performance from Press... something uncomfortably compelling about this tale of murky deviant flipside of religious ecstasy. A daringly original debut.
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

A powerful and confident work and shows that Appignanesi is seriously committed to cultivating a real cinematic language.
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN


Josh Appignanesi started out working with the Oppenheimer team on Project Manhattan before a brief stint writing the constitution of the newly formed UN. Embittered by both nuclear physics and global politics, he sought refuge in a cave in Hounslow, mortifying the flesh with Chocolate Oreos and learning to levitate a full centimetre. Engorged with wisdom he returned to capitalism in the early 80s, brokering a little-known deal between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates that in fact defines the way you currently experience all technology.

A pioneer in electronic music and keen collector of archival materials on early hotel-building in Australia, Appignanesi is also a film writer and director. It was he who directed feature Song of Songs, an obscure but intense psychodrama about an incestuous relationship in an ultra-orthodox community. He then confounded expectations with follow-up The Infidel, a comedy about an overweight Muslim who repeatedly falls over. A film that puts the fun back in to fundamentalism, the critics (nearly) said. More recently he wrote the new rom-com for renowned shoe-fetishist Sarah Jessica Parker, the upcoming All Roads Lead To Rome, and wisely placed himself at the centre of his new film, a creative documentary about becoming a parent, The Creative Life. After making some advertising for a while, he hopes to found a small start-up nation in the Balkans founded on principles of ethno-political freedom and shared, harmonious biscuit consumption.

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