14 September 2022
Whilst living in London in the 80s, Jonathan worked on the crew of several feature films including Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. This experience cemented his desire to become a filmmaker. He graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 1990.
He wrote and directed The Tender Hook (starring Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne) which was released in 2008 by Icon Films and was nominated for five AFI awards and an AWGIE award for Best Feature Screenplay and has made numerous short films that have screened at major film festivals and have sold internationally. Despondent Divorcee and This Film Is A Dog were both selected for Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. This Film Is A Dog also won Tropfest. In 2007 he made Emulsion, whichscreened at the Brisbane International Film Festival, Cinema des Antipodes in Cannes and Ozflix in Toronto. From 2009–2014 Jonathan was a Directing and Screenwriting Lecturer at AFTRS. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University for his thesis The Cinematics of Surveillance and his screenplay Lone Wolf.
Lone Wolf was filmed in Melbourne in 2019. It is an innovative adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Secret Agent and stars Hugo Weaving and Tilda Cobham-Hervey. It will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2021.
Jonathan has a number of projects in development including Head South, a post-punk bildungsroman set in New Zealand’s South Island in 1979, currently at financing stage and Minotaur, an episodic World War II drama set on Crete.Back