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Born and bred in London, Danny Cannon began making films at the age of 16. By the time he was 19, he had produced, written and directed 21 films and videos and co-founded and acted in Cast of Thousands, a successful experimental youth theater group.

In 1987, he won the BBC Young Filmmaker of the Year Award for his powerful, gritty 40-minute short entitled Sometimes. With the help of competition judge Alan Parker, Cannon was awarded a place at the National Film and Television School where, among many projects, he wrote and directed the London-based drama Play Dead. Channel 4 acquired Play Dead after viewing only three minutes of footage.

Cannon graduated from the school in 1990 with the full-length Strangers, set in Los Angeles. This film set a new standard of production and technical achievement for student work in Europe. In 1992, with the help of LIVE! Entertainment and Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Cannon wrote and directed The Young Americans, a tough, highly stylized London thriller starring Harvey Keitel and Viggo Mortensen. Shortly thereafter, Cannon helmed the $70 million action adventure and Sylvester Stallone vehicle Judge Dredd with producers Andy Vanja and Ed Pressman.

Cannon also directed Trimark and Lakeshore's recently released Phoenix, a gritty noir drama starring Ray Liotta, Angelica Houston, Anthony LaPaglia, Daniel Baldwin and Jeremy Piven.

updated 19-Aug-2002


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