After graduating from the West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1976, having focussed on animation, Jankel and Rocky Morton produced the punk film Do The Standing Still. At the same time, Jankel was working as an assistant animator on Ubu (1978), an Arts Council film by Geoff Dunbar. Jankel co-created Max Headroom, 20 Minutes Into The Future - the first ever cyberpunk movie and TV series for television. 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."
Together with Rocky Morton, she created Cucumber Productions, a commercial/film production company based in London where she co-directed ground-breaking music videos for artists such as Elvis Costello, Talking Heads: Tom Tom Club; Donald Fagen and Miles Davis. Multiple award winning commercials and Title sequences included the Emmy Award for the NBC Show "Friday Night Videos."
Jankel then made her move to Hollywood, where she co-directed D.O.A, a thriller, starring Meg Ryan & Dennis Quaid which was praised for its "quirky, quicksilver style", and earned "two thumbs up" from film critics Siskel and Ebert and Super Mario Brothers, a fantasy, starring Bob Hoskins & Dennis Hopper, was hailed as "Hilarious and Exciting - a cross between Indiana Jones, Blade Runner & Star Wars."
Jankel went on to partner in Morton/Jankel/Zander (MJZ) which has been named Top Commercials Production Company for two years in a row by Creativity Magazine. MJZ is based in Los Angeles, with offices in NYC and London. Though she left MJZ in 2004 to join the UK based Feel Films; it retains her name. Her work in commercials included clients such as Bell; AOL; Coca Cola; Bacardi; Budweiser; Speedo and Greenpeace.
Having completed directing the UK based production of the first series of 12 one hour Music/Documentary shows Live From Abbey Road in 2007, Jankel is directing the 2nd Season, based out of Abbey Road Studios, London.
AJ Jankel most recently directed the feature film Skellig: The Owl Man (2009) (TV), a well-received adaptation of David Almond's enormously popular, award-winning novel. Starring Tim Roth as Skellig, alongside Bill Milner, John Simm and Kelly MacDonald. Jankel is signed to Feel Films as a commercials director and is continuing her work in TV and feature films.
|Rocky Morton||(25 July 1998 - ?) 2 children|
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