Born and raised in London, Jon has been a filmmaker for thirty years and a film educator for over twenty. Starting as an Assistant Film Editor for the BBC in the late 80s, he was thrust into their cutting rooms working on all manner of films from TV drama and documentaries to magazine programmes and current affairs. After this initial apprenticeship Jon progressed from the BBC to the UK’s prestigious National Film and Television School, from where he graduated as an Editor in 1994.
Since then he has been a freelance editor working mostly in UK broadcast drama and feature films. Credits range from mainstream TV dramas, The Bill and Casualty to more experimental work like recent feature Remittance.
Before the NFTS, Jon’s first degree was as a doctor of medicine, attending London University’s, St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School. Jon also studied three of four years of a Philosophy BA, at London University’s, Birckbeck College. Only leaving Birckbeck to take up his place at the NFTS.
While Jon found editing, teaching found him. Initially approached to organise the NFTS’s inaugural application workshop for prospective editing students in 1995, he was then asked to conduct further workshops on cutting room practice and the (then new) digital editing application Avid Media composer. From these rather basic technical workshops Jon progressed to teaching the craft of editing proper.
So between Editing jobs he taught at a variety of Film schools in the UK and around the world, including: The NFTS, the LFS, the LFA, Royal Holloway and the University of Surrey, Roehampton, in the UK, the ifs in Köln, Germany and the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where he ran an annual editing workshop voted best class by the editing students’ there for eight successive years.
In 2008 Jon took up his first full-time teaching post as an Assistant Arts Professor at New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts Asia, where in addition to his teaching Jon also occupied a variety of administrative posts, including: Interim Chair of the Graduate Film Dept, Head of Editing, and Chair respectively of the Film Dept Curriculum committee, the Governance and Welfare committee, and various Faculty and student review committees. In these various capacities, he was instrumental in the shaping and running of this pioneering US-Asian venture.
During the brief life of the school, Jon taught every student who passed through the Film programme. Prizes won during that time by student films included, Cannes, Sundance, Slamdance, Tribeca, Busan and three Directors Guild of America awards.
While in Singapore Jon also cut two features, produced locally: Our Sister Mambo (2015), a comedy of manners for Singapore production company Cathay films, directed by Malay-Taiwanese Golden Horse winner, Ho Widing, and Remittance (2015), a low budget film exploring the lives of Filipina domestic workers in Singapore cast entirely with non-actors, Directed by National University of Singapore anthropologist, Patrick Daly and collaborator Joel Fendelman.
In the summer of 2016 Jon conducted a four-week workshop for young professional editors in Manila, on behalf of the Philippines’ Cinemalaya Institute, and from 2016-2018, Jon was a full-time Senior Lecturer and Head of Editing at the UK’s Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University, teaching across all years of the undergrad’ and grad’ programmes.
Since leaving The Northern at the end of 2018, Jon has been involved as ‘Consulting Editor’ on the debut features of two young directors, shot respectively in the UK and Thailand.