My name is Jon Wright, and I’m a film and TV director based in the UK.
I love watching stories told in moving pictures — and love making them even more. It’s been a passion of mine, an obsession even, since I was eleven years old.
I’ve directed four feature films:
Unwelcome — an Irish creature feature starring Hannah John-Kamen, Douglas Booth and Colm Meaney, shot during the Covid pandemic and set to be released by Warner Brothers.
Robot Overlords — a sci-fi adventure for older kids starring Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson. It was released in cinemas around the world and is currently being developed into a TV show (I co-wrote this film, too).
Grabbers — an Irish horror-comedy, winner of an IFTA (the Irish equivalent of a BAFTA) for its leading lady Ruth Bradley, and winner of five audience awards at international film festivals.
I’ve also directed the final “block” of episodes on four prime-time British TV shows: Ordinary Lies for BBC 1, The Good Karma Hospital for ITV 1, Our Girl for BBC 1, and Brassic for Sky 1. I like doing the final block, because you get to direct the ending, which for my money is the best bit.
Movies today feel like theme park rides – driven by spectacle, a feast for the eyes and ears, but underpinned by formulaic, predictable stories and paper-thin characters. Horror is the exception, of course — I really enjoyed genre reinventions like Hereditary, A Quiet Place, Midsommar, Get Out, Upgrade, Don’t Breathe and The Babadook.
I used to be obsessed with movies, but (like a lot of people) I’d say over the last ten years I’m enjoying television just as much — shows like Stranger Things, The Crown, Mr Robot, A Very English Scandal, Chernobyl and Years And Years. TV is where film was in the seventies — driven by character and concepts, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. I’d love to direct (or even better, invent!) a brilliant TV show in one of my favourite genres: science fiction, horror or fantasy.
If you want to know more about me, here are thirteen random facts.
If you want to know how I got here, here’s a little biog.