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 an 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 has written and directed several short films including 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 2020. 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 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. He will also make his feature film directing debut from his own script with The Moogai, which has received funding from Screen Australia and is in development with Causeway Films and No Coincidence Media.
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