I am a writer / director and social entrepreneur.
Twelve years ago, following my experience as an assistant in the camera department of 'Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince', I founded social enterprise film production company Signature Pictures Academy.
I wished to provide more disadvantaged young people with the transformative experience I had on that production. The skill-base, work ethic and aura of the industry demands that it do more to help people. The idea then was simple: to provide traineeships in every department of our film productions to unemployed, underrepresented and ‘at risk’ young people.
To-date, I have overseen the production process of over 1,300 commercials and 21 fiction films, which have themselves facilitated the training of over 400 young people (all from low-socioeconomic backgrounds; 60% being Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic). Those films have gone on to win awards at festivals across the world.
My work with Signature Pictures Academy has also facilitated my own work as a writer/director. I have written and directed 5 short films, which have been selected at festivals such as Edinburgh and Cambridge; and premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Funders and partners have included ScreenSkills, the BFI, Red Rock Entertainment, Arri Rental and Kodak.
I am now in development on my first feature, psychological thriller 'STRAW MAN'.
JON on set of COSPLAY (2019)
Image copyright EZZIDIN ALWIN