Jonathan NewmanWriter and director
In the space of just two years, Jonathan Newman has achieved the impressive feat of adapting two of his award-winning short films into features which he not only wrote, but directed too.
Swinging With The Finkels tells the story of a bored couple who decide to spice up their marriage by swinging. It stars Martin Freeman (Love Actually), singer/actress Mandy Moore (Chasing Liberty) and comedy legend and father of ‘Ben’, Jerry Stiller.
In addition Jonathan shot the feature film Foster, a magical and heartwarming family film starring Emmy Award winning actress Toni Collette (The 6th Sense) , Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Richard E Grant (‘Withnail & I) and Oscar winner Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, The Parent Trap). The film was also based on his award winning short film which screened on both HBO and BBC and earned Newman a BBC new filmmaker nomination. Both films were produced by Deepak Nayar (Bend It Like Beckham, Buena Vista Social Club).
Jonathan is also a festival veteran, contributing to, as well as moderating many of our sessions.