Jonathan Newman

Writer & Director

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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. And most recently he directed the $25m movie ‘Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box’ released nationwide later this year.

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.

More information

Jonathan Newman is appearing at the following sessions:

I need a SCRIPT! And I am shooting it next month…

I need a SCRIPT! And I am shooting it next month…

Meet the micro budget filmmakers. They have a problem. They need GREAT scripts. You may get no money but you will get produced. Join the revolution!

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

Following their packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Chris Jones and Jonathan Newman are back to run their highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.