Annabel, with Rocky Morton, was the creative force behind Cucumber Studios, an animation Studio founded in the late 70’s and celebrated for pushing the boundaries of film-making with innovative combinations of animation, CGI and live action. Cucumber produced many award-winning commercials, titles and music videos including the seminal “Accidents Will Happen” for Elvis Costello, “Genius Of Love” for Tom Tom Club, and “Decoy” for Miles Davis. Several of these works reside in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
In 1984, the new art form of CGI was documented in the book “Creative Computer Graphics” by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, published by Cambridge University Press.
In the mid-eighties, Jankel co-created and co-directed the pilot movie Max Headroom – 20 Minutes Into The Future, introducing the cyberpunk character Max Headroom, who is now part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The character Max, continued as the host of a 13-part music video and chat show series for Channel 4 in the UK and HBO in the US. Offers from Hollywood followed including co-directing the cult movies DOA, with Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, and Super Mario Brothers, with Dennis Hopper and Bob Hoskins.
In 1991, she co-founded MJZ, (Morton Jankel Zander Inc.) a commercials production company based in Los Angeles, with offices in New York and London.
Working in commercials, she directed award winning spots for clients such as Coca Cola, Bell, AT+T, Speedo, Greenpeace, AOL, and Blue Cross.
In 2007 having directed the pilot, Jankel relocated to the UK, to direct the music/documentary multi-camera TV Series Live From Abbey Road, broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK and Sundance Channel in the US. During the course of the series, over seventy of the world’s leading Artists were recorded in the intimate setting of the Studios, including Herbie Hancock with Wayne Shorter and Corinne Bailey Rae, Mary J Blige, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Nora Jones, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Massive Attack.
Working in 3D with Panasonic, Jankel directed the full-length music and documentary show ‘Live on Air’ featuring Elbow, the Manchester based band, culminating in a Live performance at London’s O2 Centre, broadcast on Sky in both 3D and 2D.
In 2009, from the Carnegie winner “Skellig” by David Almond, Jankel directed the award winning film starring Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs; Lie To Me) John Simm (Doctor Who; Life on Mars) and Kelly McDonald (No Country For Old Men; Boardwalk Empire) for Sky TV in the UK and International theatrical distribution.
A UK and US citizen, DGA, WFTV and Directors UK member, she lives and works in London and Los Angeles.