Michael’s most recently produced films are the mini-feature mockumentary BLISTERS FOR BLIGHTY: THE CURIOUS WORLD OF RACE WALKING (Film Nouveau), and the black comedy shot on the streets of Glasgow JOE SMEAL’S WHEELS (Film Nouveau); both of which got noticed on the festival circuit with official selections and those life-affirming honourable mentions.
Prior to co-scripting LEON THE PIG FARMER (Beyond Films) in the mid-90s, Glaswegian filmmaker Normand had worked in publishing, written educational dramas for Oxford University Press, been on the stand-up circuit for five years and had written comedy for radio and TV.
'Leon' was to become a ground-breaking cult comedy achieving critical acclaim both in the U.K. and around the world, while garnering a collection of awards --- International Critics' Prize - Venice Film Festival. Chaplin Award - Edinburgh Film Festival. Best Newcomers - Evening Standard. Best First Film - London Critics' Circle.
After 'Leon' Michael wrote, associate-produced and co-directed (with Robert Sherwin) the American comedy DIRTY LAUNDRY, sold internationally through Trident Releasing. "A delicious comedy" - Glasgow Herald, "Outrageous and wry... a comedy with some bite" - Time Out, New York. "Smart, fast and funny" - London Film Festival. "Transmits a genuine sense of pain, confusion and absurdity" - Time Out, London.
Michael is mainly engaged in the art of script development... otherwise known as re-writing. He currently has three feature screenplays shuffling shoulders on his laptop... THE VISA, THE HOLY COW and FLY ME TO DUNOON.