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Simon was born in London, educated in London and Paris, and now makes his home in Paris. At twelve years of age he began as a runner at Pinewood Studios. He spent a year in training at The Drama Center, and then moved to Paris where he became company manager for the European tours of Dave Brubeck, Pina Bausch, and the Murray Louis Dance Company. Moving into film, and among other projects, he was assistant director on The Unbearable Lightness of Being (with Philip Kaufman) and worked as production consultant for In the Soup, with Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Beals (1st Prize, Sundance Festival, 1991; Prix du Public, Deauville, 1992). During this period he also helped to develop and finance the political thriller Primary Motive, starring Judd Nelson and released through Twentieth Century Fox.
In 1992 Simon directed the documentary on French theater director Jean Mercure for the series Parisian Mémoires.
He directed, in 2000, Karos D'Ethiope: Les Amoureux du Fleuve, treating love stretched to the breaking point between modernity and tradition in the Valley of Omo, in the south of Ethiopa.
Mirage in Yemen (2002) was a making-of following location scouting in the Yemen desert for The Naval Battle.
Amazone, an intellectual adventure as broad and extensive as its subject, utilizing the notes of novelist Paule Constant and broadcast on France 2 (French public television), followed the world's greatest river from Peru and Columbia through Brazil.
Simon directed Cleopatra's Lost City for Discovery Channel (2003), and The True Legend of the Eiffel Tower (2005), for Canal+/Discovery (a record 5.6 million viewers watched its first primetime France 3 television broadcast). Between these projects he spent weeks back in the Amazon directing Jungle Magic (2004), a documentary on the world's largest folk festival, Boi Bumba, which takes place on an island in the world's largest river (the Amazon, naturally) in a specially constructed stadium for 35,000 people, in the town of Parintins.
Skipping an ocean and decades, Simon moved to Generations 68 (2008), documenting, forty years after the facts, the arts and zeitgeist of Europe at a time when bombs and napalm exploded over Vietnam and people blew their own minds. With Milos Forman, Vaclav Havel, Mary Quant, Dennis Hopper, Annie Nightingale, William Klein, Ed Ruschka, Peter Brook and others.
Simon's 2011 documentary for the BBC, Annie Nightingale: Bird on the Wireless, included Mick Jones, Paul McCartney and Fatboy Slim.
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