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Jo Southwell

Director | Aston Productions
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An award-winning director, noted for her ability to cast, create drama, evoke emotion and pace a script to screen. Selected to shadow Jon East on KILLING EVE (BBC America). A rare opportunity that has allowed her to develop her own unique style for TV and film directing. Jo has since been invited to shadow direct Jennie Darnell on Trigger Point (Jed Mercurio / World Productions) later this year. Jo runs her own company, Aston Productions.

As a natural collaborator, Aston Productions have an interesting slate of co-productions that support Jo’s passion for human led, emotionally driven stories including animation, TV and features.

Jo is set to direct the feature film, DEIRDRE of the SORROWS (Producers Nadia Jaynes, Zeb Moore & Jo Nolan) for Aston / Little Monk Films. Also in development with LOYALTY (writer Fiona Hunnisett) attached are Gordon Kennedy and Bhasker Patel.

For TV, Jo will direct “The Sleeper” – an 8 part TV series with StoryFirst, Producer Dominc Barlow (Discovery of Witches.) Also attached to direct a new 12 part YA TV Series for Troy TV.

As a producer, Jo is developing “Cold Night Rising” with Richard Bradley / LION TV – a 4 part TV animation with writer Tom Williams (Kajaki) and Director Martyn Pick (Coup 53) in addition, Aston Productions have optioned “Diamond Alice” by Emily Isaacs – a gritty TV crime series inspired by the female gang, The Forty Elephants. (set in 1915)

A full voting member of BAFTA and Directors UK.

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