Biography

Before entering the film and television industry, I had worked variously on archeological digs in Ecuador, as a Flyman and prop-maker in a repertory theatre, as a night watchman, a meat packer, a kitchen porter, a fruit picker and a building labourer. My first job in the film and television industry was as a carpenter, building sets for commercials and pop promos. From there, I worked my way up the Art Department in a variety of roles, finishing up as Art Director on a number of BBC dramas and the feature film Young Americans, before returning to study Direction at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield. Upon graduating from Film School three years later, my first directing job was on the ITV Series Cold Feet.
Television
In television, a high point remains The Diary of Anne Frank, which was an intensely fulfilling piece of work. It was the first production since 1959 to be given permission by the Anne Frank Fonds to use the actual words of the original diary. It was made in close collaboration with the Anne Frank House, in an attempt to make as accurate a portrayal as possible of this iconic work and life. The production was extremely well-received worldwide. Similarly, though very different in tone, The Alan Clark Diaries was also made in close collaboration with the surviving members of the Clark family. It is the tale of one of the most outspoken and humorous British politicians of our age, superbly played by John Hurt with extraordinary humour and pathos. This series is doubly precious to me as I was commissioned to write the adaptation, as well as to direct. It led to more politics with A Very Social Secretary, which made the front page of the London Evening Standard on its broadcast as the launch film of the new UK channel More4, so extreme was its boldness in satirising the then-ruling Labour Party. It won the Broadcast Press Award that year. When I'm Sixty-Four won the Prix Europa in 2005 for the Best Television Film. It was the unlikely tale of two old men who fall in love at the age of 64. A roster of more populist dramas has followed. Northanger Abbey features Felicity Jones in her first adult role and she perfectly captures one of Austen's most endearing leading characters. The production also starred Carey Mulligan. This Andrew Davies adaptation of Jane Austen's least-known novel is frequently put in the top ten of all filmed Austen adaptations, most recently by The Daily Telegraph in January 2013 on the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. Going Postal was a welcome diversion into a more surreal version of period, coming from the pen of the particularly eccentric Terry Pratchett. Julian Fellowes' Titanic was an enormous technical challenge. It won the BAFTA for best visual effects in 2013. In the same year I directing the pilot episode of Lawless, an intense legal drama screened as part of Sky's ‘Drama Matters' and starring Suranne Jones and Lindsay Duncan. It was a hugely satisfying project reflecting the rarely seen multicultural world that serves our courts. American work includes Rogue with Thandie Newton. Da Vinci's Demons for Starz. Heroes Reborn and American Odyssey with Anna Friel for NBCUniversal. Legends with Sean Bean for Fox21/TNT and Still Star Crossed for Shondaland/ABC



Filmography

Greek Lover (1999) writer and director
Edith's Finger (2000) director
Cold Feet 3 episodes (2000) director
Blood Strangers (2002) director
The Debt (2003) director
When I'm 64 (2004) director
Archangel (2005) director
The Alan Clark Diaries (2004) writer and director
A Very Social Secretary (2005) director
The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (2006) director
Northanger Abbey (2007) director
The Diary of Anne Frank (2009) director
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (2010) director
Zen - Ratking (2011) director
Titanic (2012) director
Mr Selfridge (2012) director
Rogue - Sweet and Sour (2012) director
Lawless - Pilot (2013) director
Da Vinci's Demons - Season 2 (2013) director
The Great Fire (2014) director
American Odyssey - Kmag Yoyo, Soup Sandwich, Wingman (2015) director
Legends - The Legend of Tamir Zakayev, The Legend of Terrence Graves (2015) director
Heroes Reborn - Company Woman, Project Reborn (2016) director
Ransom - Grand Slam (2016) director
Still Star Crossed (2017) director
Jon Jones is a graduate of the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield and Manchester University (BA Hons English Literature and Language)