Jo Southwell

Award winning writer / director

Jo is an award-winning director of Irish decent, noted for her ability to cast, create drama, evoke emotion and pace a script to screen. Jo was selected by Directors UK as a mentee to Jon East on KILLING EVE (BBC America) a rare opportunity that has allowed her to develop her own unique style for TV and film directing, a style that is attracting much attention.

Jo established herself as award winning and versatile with titles such as DEIRDRE, COVER ME, THE GUNMAN, PORTALIS and ENTRANCE NO EXIT. 

2019 sees Jo as creative producer and director of new TV Series, FOLLOW ME with LION TV. The series is based on a book by author Angela Clarke.

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Jo Southwell

Berlin Film Festival 2019

Berlin Film Festival 2019

In January 2019, Jo was selected as a finalist in the “That Film Festival” comeptition. After a year long run of selecting directors, Jo and six others were set a final challenge. In under three weeks, Jo had to shoot a script she was sent to be screened at the festival Awards. 


This event was supported by Carnaby International and The Agency.


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.

2019 : Co-Producing Follow Me with LION TV

2018 : Obtained rights for “Follow Me” by Angela Clarke.

2017 : Shadow director on Killing Eve with Jon East.

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.


Festival Judge

Jo has been a film judge on several festivals within the UK.

Jo is the founder and Artistic Director of The Henley Fringe and Film Festival. 



BAFTA Guru Pro
Creative England
Aston Productions
Henley Fringe

AWARDS include:

  • BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR : Entrance No Exit (2018)
  • 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)