Jon East - Director
Jon East is a BAFTA winning British television drama and film director, who has also produced and executive produced several award-winning programmes. Jon started work in the industry as a film editor and has also worked as the Chief Storyline Writer…
Jon East is a BAFTA winning British television drama and film director, who has also produced and executive produced several award-winning programmes. Jon started work in the industry as a film editor and has also worked as the Chief Storyline Writer on the BBC's EASTENDERS and as a storyboard and concept artist for TV, music promos and commercials. Between 2005 and 2008 he ran the BBC Children's Drama and Animation Department. Jon also conducts university lectures on direction and workshops for actors, aimed at expanding their emotional range using a variety of techniques drawn from the realm of body-oriented psychotherapy.
For direction, he has been BAFTA nominated twice and won the award for single film THAT SUMMER DAY - which controversially tackled the July 05 London bombings. He was also nominated at the Venice Biennale for the SILVER LION, with his 35mm short about Wilhelm Reich, IT CAN BE DONE.
In a busy 2013 Jon co-storylined series 3 of THE SPARTICLE MYSTERY and directed four of the six episodes of WHITECHAPEL IV and also directed the 2hr Christmas Special of DOWNTON ABBEY for Carnival/ITV.
In 2014 Jon directed the first three and last four episodes of CRITICAL, a groundbreaking new medical drama written by Jed Mercurio for Hattrick/SKY1HD.
In 2015 Jon worked as lead director on ITV's 13 part adaptation of the mythic BEOWULF. He also directed two episodes of 'STAN LEE'S LUCKY MAN', a new fantasy cop thriller series starring James Nesbitt that has become SKY's most highly rated drama ever. Jon also directed MAIGRET'S DEAD MAN, one of two 2hr films for ITV starring Rowan Atkinson as the eponymous 1950s Parisian detective.
In 2016 Jon is directing on series 2 of the BBC's epic drama series, THE LAST KINGDOM.
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The use of color on the Whitechapel series 4 ep 6 is wonderful after so may dark sepia and gray green episodes, and we begin to feel that things are clearing and lightening up. The perfect sucker punch. Thank you.
I went looking for Rocket Man and I'm so grateful to you for its being here. I saw it when it was on tv here, and was enchanted, and missed the ending! I didn't miss it this time! Lovely piece of work. Thank you.
I have edited for Jon on 'New Tricks' and 'Sparticles...' - Jon has a very analytical mind and always strives for perfection. I trust his judgement completely. Ian Farr