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Jonathan Ogilvie

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Writer/Director Jonathan Ogilvie was born in Christchurch, New Zealand where he spent his youth writing songs and performing in post-punk bands. His immersion in New Zealand’s independent music scene led to him making numerous music videos for influential Antipodean bands.

Jonathan worked on the crew of several feature films while living in London in the 80s, including Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. This experience cemented his desire to become a filmmaker. He graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 1990.

He has made numerous shorts films that have screened at major film festivals and have sold internationally. Despondent Divorcee and This Film Is A Dog were both selected for Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. This Film Is A Dog also won Tropfest.

In 2007 he made Emulsion, a low budget black and white Super 8 feature. Emulsion screened at the Brisbane International Film Festival, Cinema des Antipodes in Cannes and Ozflix in Toronto.

He wrote and directed The Tender Hook (starring Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne and Matt Le Nevez) which was released in 2008 by Icon Film and was nominated for five AFI awards and a AWGIE award for best feature screenplay.

Jonathan has several feature films in development. These include the WW2 NZ/AUS co-production, The Straggler (producers Trevor Haysom and Greg Duffy), Head South, a coming-of-age story set in New Zealand’s South Island in the 70s and Lone Wolf, an innovative adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Secret Agent.

From 2009–2014 Jonathan was a Directing Lecturer at AFTRS. He is currently completing a PhD at Macquarie University.