Josh recently co-wrote upcoming rom-com ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME starring Sarah Jessica Parker, with Raoul Bova, Paz Vega and Claudia Cardinale.
Josh previously directed indie comedy feature THE INFIDEL, scripted by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Matt Lucas, Archie Panjabi, Miranda Hart, distributed globally to acclaim and awards.
SONG OF SONGS, Josh’s debut feature as writer-director with co-writer Jay Basu, was an austere psychological dissection of religious desire starring Natalie Press. It garnered acclaim with awards at Edinburgh and London and a BIFA nomination.
Josh has also directed talent such as John Malkovich, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Sarah Kestelman and Michelle Dockery, and collaborated with artist Martin Creed among others, working across shorts and commercials.
He is currently completing THE CREATIVE LIFE, a feature-length creative documentary about parenthood produced by Mia Bays. He is also developing new features and TV with Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie at Left Bank/Sony, Wall To Wall, Konigsberg Company, and Camille Gatin, with writers including Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Confessions of a Shopaholic) and Naomi Alderman.
He has taught and mentored at the London Film School, Arista, Script Factory, Film London’s Microwave, Guardian Masterclasses, and the Met Film School.
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.
****Andrew O’Hagan, THE EVENING STANDARD
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
UK Agent: Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen
US Agent: Abram Nalibotsky at Verve