Daniel’s debut feature film Opus Zero, starring twice Oscar Nominated Hollywood star Willem Dafoe, will premiere this winter. Producer is Julio Chavezmontes for Piano Films alongside Brontis Jodorowsky (Dance Of Reality) and Irene Azuela (Miss Bala). Based on Daniel’s original screenplay, Opus Zero is the story of Paul, a composer who retreats to a remote village in Mexico where his father recently died, looking for inspiration to rekindle his music career but a sudden obsession with the fate of a woman who disappeared 30 years earlier proves more dangerous than he ever imagined.
He has two further projects in development, The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica, also with Willem Dafoe attached, and Acromegaly, the story of a man on the run in 1920s France and Spain who suffers from the rare disfiguring disorder of acromegaly.
He wrote and directed several short films in Australia and France, most notably the French language thriller Deadlake for Adagio Films and distributed by Nouchka Films in 2009 and La Foret in 2006. In 2011 he worked as UK Line Producer on Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux which won many awards including Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 and was also nominated for the Palme d’Or. It was the dedication, professionalism and passion of his Mexican production colleagues that inspired Daniel to set Opus Zero in rural Mexico.
Before becoming a film director Daniel worked in film distribution for both Artificial Eye and Axiom Films in London after moving from Australia to work for Picturehouses Cinemas. In addition to this, his work as a film critic has appeared in The International Film Guide and Enthusiasms magazine as well as filmmaker interviews with Mike Leigh, Theo Angelopoulos, Bela Tarr, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Alexander Sokurov, Aki Kaurismäki, Claire Denis, Jacques Audiard, Olivier Assayas, Todd Solondz for Curzon Cinemas, ICA London and Artificial Eye.
Daniel has some impressive admirers:
“Daniel’s work is both elegiac and disturbing, it stays with you the way poetry does”
Olivier Assayas, Oscar Best Foreign Film Director Personal Shopper Cannes 2016
“Daniel has something truly rare, a unique style”
Aki Kaurismäki, Oscar & Bafta winning Director Le Havre, Man Without a Past
“I’m convinced that Opus Zero will be as powerful, original and rich as Daniel’s previous films”
Philippe Carcassonne, BAFTA Nominated Producer CoCo Before Channel
“Daniel possesses a style that is quite unique and conceptually bold.”
Timothy Burrill, Producer The Pianist and Le Vie En Rose
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