Jo Southwell


Director and Screenwriter

Jo has been directing under her own production banner – Aston Productions – and two of her recent shorts have won nine awards between them. Now venturing into episodic television and with credits on BBC’s ‘Doctors’ under her belt, she has proved that she can meet the demands of production. Jo is a BAFTA Crew 2022 member and has a variety of episodic as well as feature film projects in development.

Deirdre

Director

Selected credits


date
production
producer / production company
television:
2022
DOCTORS Series 23 (Block 19)
Caroline Slater / BBC
2021
DOCTORS Series 23 (Block 6)
Grainne O'Boyle / BBC
2021
TRIGGER POINT
Julia Stannard / HTM Productions
(2nd unit on selected scenes, shadowing Jennie Darnell)
shorts:
2021
PERFECT WARD (Writer and Director)
Mario Theodorou / Aston Productions
2020
FIRST DAY ON SET (VR series of films)
Gareth Ellis-Unwin / Screenskills, BFI
Winner: Innovation Award For Production Team – PGGB 2020
2020
ENTRANCE NO EXIT
Sophie Dix / Aston Productions
Winner: Best Comedy Short - New Renaissance Film Festival 2020
Winner: Best Women Short - Independent Shorts Award 2018
Winner: Best Comedy/ Dramedy Short - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2018
Winner: Best Female Director - Out of The Can Film Festival 2018
2019
TWO HOURS - FAMILY FRIENDS
Steven Lennon, Jo Nolan / Screen South
Winner: Bronze Award - Charity Film Awards 2020
2019
CAROL
Rachel Gold / Aston Productions
2016
DEIRDRE (Writer and Director)
Katherine Selway / Aston Productions
Winner: Best Drama - LA Shorts 2017
Winner: Best Director - LA Shorts 2017
Winner: Best Drama - NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Winner: Best Director - NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Winner: Best Drama Short - Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2016
2016
THE GUNMAN
Hayley-Marie Axe, Glyn Carter / Stories Into Light
2014
COVER ME (Writer and Director)
Laura Carter / Aston Productions
Nominated: Best Emerging Woman Director - Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival 2014
2013
ANNIVERSARY WALTZ
Laura Cater / Aston Productions
2012
HOLDING ON (Writer and Director)
Laura Carter / Aston Productions
Finalist: Best Director - Thurrock International Film Festival 2013
Finalist: Best Fiction - Thurrock International Film Festival 2013
Finalist: Best Short Film - St Albans Film Festival 2013
as Writer
optioned:
DEIRDRE OF SORROWS
Nadia Jaynes / Little Monk, Aston Productions
in development:
ECHO
Sara Gibbing / Troy TV
OLI (co-written with Omar Khan)
Sara Gibbing / Troy TV