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Southwell takes on the topic of losing a child in a unique way by embracing the fantasy genre and opening up many new paths to go down creatively. This makes for an intriguing take on a story that other filmmakers would play safe with a typical hard hitting drama as seen time and time again. By capturing the fantasy element, it accurately infuses the film with a sense of innocence and wonder that makes for a more powerful connection with the lead character and her grief. So a lot should be said about the direction Southwell took this story as it’s very original. (APEX FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW)
Jo Southwell on directing BBC’s ‘Doctors’ and bold, female-led films
TV and film director and writer Jo Southwell has had a varied career. Born in the UK, she has Irish heritage, which has been an inspiration for much of her work. She started her film career as an actress in LA (via Leeds), and she ended up writing and directing for short films and popular TV shows including BBC’s ‘Doctors’. She’s now building on the foundations of her successful short film ‘Deirdre’ to turn it into a feature film. Jo told us more about her childhood dreams of the stage, her acting agency and why she’s passionate about portraying strong female protagonists.
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Triggering my TV Career
When the pandemic struck, Directors UK member Jo Southwell made a plan to move forward in her career — with a particular focus on moving from indie film to gaining her first TV directing credit.
Seeking help to get to that next step, Jo applied for Directors UK Inspire and entered a mentoring partnership with fellow Directors UK member Jennie Darnell — which would see her gaining experience on the set of ITV’s hit drama Trigger Point.
Jo tells us the story of her time on Directors UK Inspire — and how it prepared her for that elusive first TV credit — below.
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At the 2022 JETS initiative in Berlin, Feature Film LOYALTY won the UK / NI Territory. More news to follow…