Jonathon Crewe - Bio
Jonathon graduated from Reading University in 2003 with a BA Film and Drama (First Class) and subsequently formed The Human Factory filmmaking collective where he wrote and directed a number of award nominated short films, including the internationally exhibited sci-fi short Quantum.
Returning to academia he completed Royal Holloway’s Skillset Accredited MA Feature Film Screenwriting (Distinction) in 2009. 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 teamed up with various production companies where he wrote and directed three award nominated short films, culminating in the internationally acclaimed American Gun, distributed by Renderyard.
He has also worked on radio drama 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. His follow up on the London stage will be the premiere production of Under the Radar at The Bread and Roses Theatre, 12-16th November 2019.
He’s recently completed a fully-funded PhD Creative Writing at Surrey University, where he also lectured in Screenwriting, Filmmaking and Creative Writing. He currently lectures in Film Production and Creative Writing at The University of West London. He is a regular speaker and panelist at writing and film events. Jonathon recently finished shooting his debut feature film, Face2Face, which is currently in post-production, due for release in 2019.
Writings and Research
Dr Jonathon Crewe is an award-winning writer and director for film, theatre and radio, whose work predominantly investigates forms of representation and socio-cultural hierarchies. His PhD examined media and political elite’s marginalisation of the white working-class and his subsequent radio and theatre play, Toy Soldier, looked at class in the military. His latest production, Under the Radar, analyses the link between tradition, culture and male privilege, and how they manifest in unconscious bias, misogyny and violence. His debut feature film, Face2Face, deals with the creation of self-identity through social-media - a Frankenstein for the digital age.
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