I'm a Scottish filmmaker living in London, via bouts in LA in NY, all explained by a life lived in development purgatory. Through either luck and/or fortitude, I have four films behind me:- the American feature DIRTY LAUNDRY as writer, co-producer, director; the British 'cult' comedy LEON THE PIG FARMER as co-writer; the mini-feature THE CURIOUS WORLD OF RACE WALKING as writer, producer, director; and the docu-drama JOE SMEAL’S WHEELS as writer, co-producer, director. I currently have two features in development - THE VISA, to star Alan Cumming and Laura Fraser; and THE KANPUR, to star Kulvinder Ghir.
Because of what I do, I drink too much White Russian (NB: I discovered its healing properties before it was popularised in The Big Lebowski).
Name: Michael Normand
Lives in: London, England
Company: Film Nouveau
Occupation: Screenwriter and Filmmaker
Unique traits: Insomnia
Chaplin Award, Edinburgh Film Festival. Critics' Prize, Venice Film Festival.
Walking Very Quickly: An Actors Guide
Film (Documentary and Short) Writer, Producer, Director As if acting wasn't hard enough! Asking talented thesps to get their heads round the misunderstood sport of race walking... well... the results can knock them off their stride... literally!
Blisters for Blighty: The Curious World of Race Walking
Film (Comedy and Documentary) Writer, Producer, Director In an expose of The Olympics' most misunderstood event, the Race Walk, Blisters for Blighty looks at the strain on the lives of four of Britain's best walkers as they try to qualify for Team GB and the 2012 London games.
Joe Smeal's Wheels
Film (Comedy and Short) Writer, Co-Producer, Director Joe Smeal, a wheelchair-bound Glaswegian, spends his days in decrepit solitude in the top-floor flat of an East-End tower-block, wheeling himself from his bed to the TV, a can of lager never more than an arm's-reach away. With one answering-machine message he has a chance to change his life. The problem is he has to get to the West- End... today... and there's a bus strike! In this black-comedy, highlighting issues of disability and redemption, and set against the contrasting geography of Glasgow, can Joe wheel himself from one side of the city to the other... even with the help of a blind man!? Written by Michael Normand
Film (Comedy and Romance) Writer, Associate Producer, Co-Director Mid-Life crisis explored through the hair-loss of New Jersey dry-cleaning magnate Joey Greene (Jay Thomas), who's affair leads to his wife Beth's (Tess Harper) counter-affair with her black chiropractor.
Leon the Pig Farmer
Film (Comedy) Co-Writer Leon, is an estate agent and a London Jew. Due to an artificial insemenation accident he discovers that his real father is a pig farmer. Rejected by his girlfriend he goes on a voyage of discovery to Yorkshire, to meet his biological father and half brother. Can he bring both families together? Written by Matthew Stanfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>