Jack Jewers

 

Director

               

About

 
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I am a BAFTA-nominated, Royal Television Society award-winning director, working in film, television and advertising.

 

My short film work has been screened at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Miami and Toronto; shown nightly over a special season on BBC2; and released in UK cinemas by the BFI.

My recent credits include Shalom Kabul, a comedy-drama about the last two Jews of Afghanistan. Turning this extraordinary and little-known story into a film was a long-held ambition of mine, and I'm incredibly proud to be the first director to dramatise it for screen. The film is currently making its way around the festival circuit and has can now be viewed online at www.shalomkabul.com.

My current projects include a feature-length documentary about the musician Dame Evelyn Glennie.

I directed my first film at the tender age of 6, which set the stage for a life dedicated to the single-minded pursuit of a career as a full-time director. Along the way I also picked up a first class degree in film and television artsI embrace the disciplines of fiction and documentary in equal measure. In fact I don't quite understand why a filmmaker wouldn't. Stories are what fascinate me. And how to tell them on screen.

In 2011 I founded Trailermade Films, a production company specialising in high quality, low budget advertising, book trailers and other short form content for web and television. Since then it has grown to become one of the most successful agencies in the field of book trailers, with a fan following separate from the novels it has helped turn into international bestsellers (at the last count, surpassing quarter of a million vies on YouTube alone). They have also been featured in national magazines and newspapers.

I live in a leafy corner of Surrey with my wife, the no. 1 bestselling Y.A. author C.J. Daugherty, and a small menagerie of pets. We're slowly restoring our house, a neglected 19th-century cottage with an Anderson shelter buried under the garden and a friendly ghost.

But that's another story.

   
Shalom Kabul
Shalom Kabul
                         

Showreel

Click on the main image to watch my directing showreel. You can also view a short selection of my complete films, music videos and ads.

Filmography

A selection of my credits as director. Not everything. But together, I hope, something.

 
Night School: Fracture
Fracture

Documentary

Evelyn Glennie: Music to My Ears (Kneejerk Irony Films)

Define Normal: The Safety Pin and the Prostitute (BBC)

Define Normal: A Kind of Liberation (BBC)

Define Normal: Too Much, Not Enough (BBC)

Define Normal: Listen to Me (BBC)

Define Normal: The Day We See (BBC)

Against the Dying of the Light (BFI/ Sgrin Wales; limited UK cinema release)

Labour of Love (Blue Mountain Pictures; winner, short documentary, Royal Television Society awards)

 
Love on a Work Night
Love on a Work Night
 

Drama

Shalom Kabul (Kneejerk Irony Films)

Storm (Blue Mountain Pictures; nominated, best short film, BAFTA Wales)

The Distances We Travel (Idiot Savant Films)

Flush (Queen Anne's Revenge Films)

Love on a Work Night (Kneejerk Irony Films)

Office Politics (Kneejerk Irony Films)

Sex and Death (Kneejerk Irony Films)

The Special Relationship (Kneejerk Irony Films)

Philosophy (Kneejerk Irony Films)

Future Imperfect (Myn-Zye Independent)

 
Storm
Storm
 

Music Video

The Quiet Room (Debbie Wiseman MBE/ Warner Classics)

Winter Draws In (Fiona Bennett)

The Landscape (Fiona Bennett)

Tempus Fugit (Fiona Bennett)

 
The Distances We Travel
The Distances We Travel
 

TV Advertising

Night School Series (Sky)

 

Online Advertising

Book Trailer: Night School Resistance (Little, Brown/ Atom/ Maximum Pop)

Book Trailer: Night School Fracture (Little, Brown/ Atom)

Book Trailer: Night School Legacy (Little, Brown/ Atom)

Book Trailer: Night School - US Edition (Harper Collins)

Book Trailer: The Echoes of Love (Midas PR)

Book Trailer: Hold Your Breath (Piccadilly Press)

Teaser Trailer: The Fight (Trailermade Films)

Teaser Trailer: He Will Find You (Trailermade Films)

Teaser Trailer: Fracture - The Letter (Trailermade Films)

 
Night School: Resistance
Resistance

Contact

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Get in touch! Just send an email to:

jackjewers [at] gmail.com

 

Or come and say hi on Twitter…

 

Shalom Kabul

The story of a true Afghan odd couple.

 

For centuries a Jewish community thrived in Afghanistan. By the year 2000 only two remained. They lived together in a derelict corner of Kabul, surrounded by the Taliban. And they couldn't stand each other. 

Bringing this extraordinary and little-known story to the screen has long been an ambition of mine. Shalom Kabul was the first time it has been dramatised for screen. As director, my main challenge was to pull off the incredibly fine balance between humour and pathos that the story demands. Handling such a sensitive subject through comedy was always going to be controversial. But to do so any other way would not have been nearly so effective. 

To create this world on screen I assembled a cast and crew of major talents, both established and up-and-coming. The performances of Damien Thomas as Yitzhak and Jake Yapp as Zebulon perfectly capture the sense of poignant absurdity futility in Michael J. Flexer's script. Sara Deane's cinematography help create an air of lush visual fantasy. Bianca Turner's production design transformed a tiny corner of Shepperton Studios into a wholly convincing recreation of Kabul slum. And the bittersweet soundtrack, composed by Debbie Wiseman MBE and performed by the Royal Philharmonic orchestra, ties everything together with a virtuoso balance of moods.

 

Shalom Kabul is currently making its way around film festivals in different parts of the world. Details of public screenings will go on the official Facebook page, or on my Twitter feed. Shalom Kabul can be viewed online at www.shalomkabul.com.

My Brother's Keeper 2012

Cabinet of Curiosity

See Something Wonderful.

The Cabinet of Curiosity is a repository for amazing little things I've seen in my travels around the web. These are not necessarily films by me (though some of them are, anonymously). Rather this is a collection of magical snippets, fascinating found footage, and other beautiful bite-size things that I've stumbled upon and loved. I think you'll love them too.