Jon Bell is one of the most experienced Indigenous Screenwriters in Australia. His television credits, which include The Warriors (ABC); Cleverman (ABC), which won a Screen Producers Australia Award for Best Drama as well as being nominated for an AACTA for Best Television Series in 2017; Ready For This, which earned an International Emmy Kids award nomination, won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Comedy Program and won an AACTA for Best Children’s Television Series in 2015.
Jon created and wrote the 2014 drama series The Gods of Wheat Street which won a Screen Producers Award for Mini-Series of the Year, as well as wrote for both seasons of Redfern Now, which earned a Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama series in 2013. Jon wrote an episode of the 2021 Endemol Shine/Seven series RFDS, nominated for a Logie Award for Most Popular Drama Series, and nominated for a TV Week Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama Program.
Jon has written and directed several short films including The Moogai. The Moogai won the Midnight Shorts category at SXSW 2021, Best Horror Short at the LA International Shorts Festival 2021 and the Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film at Melbourne International Film Festival in 2020. The Moogai was nominated for an AWGIE award and won Best Director (shorts) at the Brooklyn Horror Festival. It was supported by Screen Australia. The Chuck In screened at the Sydney Film Festival and the ImagiNative Film Festival in Toronto. His other short film credits include Two Big Boys and And Justice for One. Jon wrote short film Jarli in 2021 for Like a Photon.
Jon is currently in development on a number of feature and television projects as both Writer and Director. He’s currently writing Pemulwuy for That’s-A-Wrap Productions with Stan Grant and Phillip Noyce as Executive Producers. Recently Jon made his feature film directing debut from his own script with The Moogai, which received 2020 funding from Screen Australia and is currently in post-production with Causeway Films and No Coincidence Media.
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