Jonathon Crewe - Bio
Jonathon is an award-winning writer and director for film, theatre and radio, whose work predominantly investigates forms of representation and social-hierarchies. His latest theatre production, Under the Radar (2019), analyses the link between tradition, culture and male privilege, and how they manifest in unconscious bias, misogyny and violence. Under the Radar's debut on the London fringe sold out and received great reviews, including an Offcomm Commendation and a Standing Ovation award.
His debut feature film, Face2Face, deals with the creation of self-identity through social-media - a Frankenstein for the digital age. Face2Face is scheduled for release in 2020. Jon has previously written and directed a number of award nominated short films with the Human Factory Filmmaking Collective which he formed in 2004, including the internationally exhibited sci-fi short Quantum (2008) and the internationally acclaimed American Gun (2011), distributed by Renderyard. His debut feature screenplay Donna4Eva was shortlisted for a David Lean Award and he was subsequently commissioned to write three feature screenplays for Fireback Films.
He has also worked in radio where he has written and directed three feature length plays, Tangier, Toy Soldier and Entangled, all broadcast on Resonance FM. Jonathon was subsequently commissioned by WhoSaid? Theatre to adapt Toy Soldier for a two week run at the Brockley Jack Theatre (2016).
Jonathon is currently working on a slate of feature films, a forthcoming run of Under the Radar and a new play for theatre. He is always looking for creative collaborations.
Writings, Research and Outreach
Apart from his ongoing creative projects, Jon is also engaged in sharing his passion for film and creative writing with up and coming filmmakers. He currently lectures in Film Production and Creative Writing at The University of West London and is a regular speaker and panelist at writing and film events. Jonathon graduated from Reading University in 2003 with a BA Film and Drama (First Class). He graduated from Royal Holloway’s Skillset Accredited MA Feature Film Screenwriting (Distinction) in 2009. He completed a fully-funded PhD Creative Writing examining media and political elite’s marginalisation of the white working-class at Surrey University (2017), where he also lectured in Screenwriting, Filmmaking and Creative Writing.
Another London - Novel. Click to buy.
Another London follows twenty years in the life of Dean, a white working class boy living on an East London estate. At the age of eleven he witnesses a violent gang assault that dramatically affects his relationships with his friends, his family and the two, very different, women in his life. Set against the backdrop of major events, such as the 7/7 bombings and the London riots of 2011, the story charts estate life through Dean’s eyes. Excluded from the mainstream, he turns to a violent gang for work. But when their drug dealing turns to hate crimes, his conscience is tested and he has to decide whether to follow orders or stand up for what he believes.
Another London, another point of view: the use of defamiliarisation to elicit empathy in the reader for the white working-class protagonist in Another London and their ‘real-world’ equivalents - Journal Article published in NEW WRITING: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing - Click to read