Short Biography: Jon East is a BAFTA winning director with over 30 years experience in the film & television industry in various roles, including film editing, story-boarding, writing & story-lining, producing, executive producing and commissioning for the BBC. A versatile director, he has worked successfully across a number of genres, including psychological thrillers, science-fiction, horror, medical, police/crime, fantasy, social realism, prestigious period/costume, historical action and family oriented entertainment. Based in the UK, he has directed international talent such as Paul Giamatti, Sandra Oh, William Hurt, Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith, Rowan Atkinson, Lennie James, Hugh Bonneville and David Harewood.
After training at the West Surrey College of Art & Design, (now the University of Creative Arts), he started work in the industry as a storyboard and concept artist for TV, music promos and commercials. He went on to work as a film editor at the BBC and later as the Chief Storyline Writer on the BBC's top rating soap 'EastEnders'. Between 2005 and 2009 he ran the BBC Children's Drama & Animation Department, during which time he also directed and/or executive produced several award-winning programs. For direction, he has been BAFTA nominated twice and won the award for single film 'That Summer Day' - which addressed the July 2005 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'.