Jo Southwell

Award winning writer / director


As a film director / writer Jo made her debut with HOLDING ON in 2012. A moving short about a man’s struggle to hold on to the present as Alzheimer’s takes hold starring GORDON KENNEDY. This short film has had international recognition in festivals. HOLDING ON is distributed by Shorts International and currently in the TOP 10 Films to watch in Europe.

Jo is an award winning director/writer on the short film circuit with her first feature film script  DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS in development with TARA FITZGERALD attached.

In June 2017, she was selected by Directors UK to be a mentee of high end TV drama. Currently attached the the West London Studios with Jon East on Killing Eve.

Jo Southwell

Cannes Film Festival 2018

Cannes Film Festival 2018

“Earlier this year I was selected for CINISISTERS an organisation that supports female directors at high end production. As a result I was offered the opportunity to apply for an exclusive pitch scheme at Cannes this year.

I applied with a project called Mac and Beth written by local writer / actress Sophie Dix.
Following on from this, I was selected and will be 1 of 15 projects to be pitched at the inaugural ‘Breaking Through The Lens’ event in Cannes.
I am totally over the moon about being selected but also honoured as there are BAFTA winners and CANNES winners amongst the group selection.”


Jo has gained experience on both sides of the camera in the belief that a knowledge of the industry as a whole will established good foundations for future success.


2017 : #BAFTAsLucky225

2016 : Deirdre Productions Ltd is registered for EIS.

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2016 : Jo was selected by BAFTA GURU PRO as a talented Film Director.                 

  2015 :  Jo was selected by Creative England as a Talented Director / Writer in their SW Module.


The Henley Fringe & Film Festival

Jo is the founder and Artistic Director of The Henley Fringe Trust – a charity established to provide professional performers with a unique opportunity to perform in Henley on Thames. In 2014 FILM was added to the programme in conjunction with The RegalPicture House Cinema. In 2017, Jo will take a sabbatical from this event whilst focusing on feature film production.

BAFTA Guru Pro
Creative England
Aston Productions
Henley Fringe

AWARDS include:

  • BEST SHORT : Fingal Film Festival (2016, Deirdre)
  • BEST DRAMA : HIMPFF (2016, Deirdre)
  • Best Director – Mumbai International Film Festival (COVER ME)
  • Best Actress – GEFF, LA (COVER ME)
  • Best Soundtrack – GEFF, LA (COVER ME)
  • Nominee : Best Director Thurrock International Film Festival (September 2013) (HOLDING ON)
  • Nominee : Best Fiction Thurrock International Film Festival (September 2013) (HOLDING ON)
  • Nominee: Best Short Film at St Albans Film Festival (March 2013) (HOLDING ON)