About

My name is Jon Wright and I’m a film and television director based in the UK.

I was born in Belfast in the seventies but my family left for England to escape “The Troubles”. As a boy I had a long holiday in Ireland every Summer, and have worked there many times since. I’m the proud bearer of an English and an Irish passport.

At the age of eleven I had an epiphany, a magic moment, watching RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK at my local cinema. I thought it was the best film I’d ever seen, and decided I wanted to become a film director.

I made my first film, a short horror slasher, when I was 12. My mother claims she is still traumatised by the scene where I was stabbed to death in the bath. ;-)

As a rebellious teenager at a boring, bland Buckinghamshire grammar school I began my lifelong love affair with horror movies. My favourite genres are horror, science fiction and fantasy — though I watch and enjoy stories from every genre, from art house oddities to naff commercial blockbusters.

I studied Film and English Literature at The University Of East Anglia and became a runner (and later an editor) at Saatchi & Saatchi’s video facilities company. I would shoot short films during termtime and edit them while working during my holidays.

After graduation I scraped a precarious living directing pop promos, commercials and corporate videos, while making short films with the crew I’d met on those shows. The short films got better every year. I also wrote music for commercials with a friend for some huge clients including Pepsi and Smirnoff. Neither of us could play a musical instrument, we used to Frankenstein our songs together in a computer.

During the nineties I loved Blur and Oasis (in that order), and wore my hair like Liam Gallagher.

My last short film, THE LIBRARIAN’S DREAM, a Faustian fable about a deaf librarian tempted by the devil, won the BBC Talent Competition and was screened in film festivals around the world. I also co-wrote the score with the same friend I wrote music for ads with.

After years of determined development hell I finally directed my first feature film, TORMENTED, a gory comedy horror about a murderous zombie ghost. It’s a mixed bag with some great moments that caught various excellent British actors on their way up: Tuppence Middleton, Alex Pettyfer, Olly Alexander, Tom Hopper, James Floyd. I also worked with Paul Hartnoll of Orbital fame on the soundtrack, one of my musical heroes.

Since then I have worked regularly as a film director on passion projects I’ve generally helped develop and bring to the screen, and as a gun for hire on a wide variety of television shows in a variety of genres. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with fantastic actors like Ben Kingsley, Martin Freeman, Hannah John Kamen, Russell Brand, Tuppence Middleton, Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Wilson, Colm Meaney, Geraldine James and Bertie Carvel. I love actors and have boundless admiration for their ability to reveal their innermost, most emotional selves in a public setting. I could never do what they do, which is where I think the admiration stems from.

I love the challenge of working with different personalities and take (a masochistic?!) pleasure in walking the never-ending tightrope between delivering high quality and getting everything done on time and within budget. I like to run a calm, good humoured set and I always complete my days on time — if the weather allows it!

I typically take big chunks of time off between shows to recharge my batteries. Directing is physically and psychologically demanding, and I don’t ever want to become cynical, or tired. To cope with the pressure I’ve become very fit over the last decade, cycling and lifting weights. I want to drop dead on set in my eighties… “He died doing the thing he loved.”

I am NOSM — “not on social media”, though I enjoyed the glory years of Twitter and Instagram, and love computers and all things digital. Social media is pointlessly addictive and wastes lots of precious time…

If our “first past the post” electoral system encouraged it, I would vote Green. I want us to collectively do everything we can to reverse global warming ASAP. In the meantime, I get my electricity from Ecotricty and (occasionally) drive a low emission Fiat 500. I like it when people laugh at my tiny car.

UNWELCOME, an Irish creature feature and my latest movie, will be released by Warner Brothers towards the end of January 2023. It’s really good, the best thing I’ve directed (I think).

I am an unapologetic optimist and refuse to ever be talked out of it. ;-)