Jon Spira is a film-maker and writer based in London, UK.

He makes independent feature documentary films and also

video essays, mini-docs and video promos for companies such as the British Film Institute, Arrow Video, Eureka, the BBC and others.

Jon is a trained and experienced film producer, director, screenwriter, camera-operator, lighting designer, sound recordist and editor and has often found himself performing all of these roles at the same time.

As a writer about film, Jon has been published by the Daily Telegraph, The Huffington Post, the BFI, BAFTA and various other sites and publications.

He has self-published three books, all fully funded by successful Kickstarter campaigns.

In his spare time, Jon likes to... watch films. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

Below is a chronology of most of the things Jon has done professionally. Anything in caps and underlined is a clickable link which will take you to more info about that subject.

REVERSE TIMELINE

2020 - Currently in post-production on

             HOLLYWOOD BULLDOGS: THE RISE   

             AND FALLS OF THE GREAT BRITISH

             STUNTMAN, my latest feature film.

             THE LONG-LOST AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF

             GEORGES MÉLIÈS, my latest book, to be

             released in July.

2019 -  Contributed video essay to Eureka's blu-ray

             DER GOLEM.

             World premiere of my feature documentary

             JEWISH BRITAIN ON FILM. Narrated by

             ISY SUTTIE

             Contributed video essay to Arrow's blu-ray

             AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON.

             Programmed and hosted FORGOTTEN

             FILM CLUB LIVE event at the PRINCE

             CHARLES CINEMA, London. A screening

             of Morons From Outer Space followed by

             a Q&A with Mike Hodges and Griff Rhys

             Jones.

             Edited special features for Arrow's blu-rays

             of MELO and CRIME AND PUNISHMENT.

2018 -  Wrote WHEN SITCOMS GO LARGE for the

             BFI.

             Made IDA LUPINO'S TWILIGHT ZONE

             video essay for the BFI

 

             Conducted red carpet interviews for the

             BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL.

             Wrote VOX POPULAR piece for BAFTA.

2017 - First book VIDEOSYNCRATIC written and

           published. Foreword by Susie Dent.

 

           Edited special feature for Arrow's blu-ray

           RAMROD.

          

            Wrote MOUSTACHES AND

           TURTLENECKS for BFI.

           Wrote and published THE FORGOTTEN

           FILM CLUB VOLUME 1 book. Foreword by

           Frank Turner.


           Directed and produced live event filming of

           ZUBIN MEHTA GALA for IPO.

2016 - My feature documentary ELSTREE 1976

            gets worldwide release.

      

           Made WALKING INTO FILM HISTORY:

           ALAN CLARKE'S STEADICAM SHOTS video

           essay for BFI

           Filmed and conducted interviews for

           THE POWER OF THE DALEKS blu-ray

           for the BBC

           Filmed and edited coverage of the BFI's

           national BFI2022 ROADSHOW.

           Coordinated and managed BFI's entire

           video filming and delivery output for the

           BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2016.

           Edited A UNITED KINGDOM PREMIERE

           video for BBC FILMS

           Made IAN MCKELLAN/FILM IS FRAGILE

           fundraising video for BFI.

 

           Directed, produced and edited BFI FLARE  

           30th ANNIVERSARY video promo campaign

           for BFI

           Left full-time employment with the BFI

           when they closed the in-house video-

           production unit. Retained as freelance

           film-maker.

2015 - Promoted to AV MANAGER at the BFI -

            full time position running all BFI filming.

            - Commissioned the installation of fixed

              remote-controlled camera filming in NFT1

            - Produced and oversaw all video

              production including on-camera

              interviews, documentaries, promo pieces,

              live Q&A and event filming.

            - Coordinated all BFI filming for BFI London

              Film Festival and BFI Flare, along with

              smaller guest festivals.

2014 - Directed and produced Lifetime  

           Achievement Award

           DAVID ATTENBOROUGH SPEECH

           for THE PEABODY AWARDS

2013 - Hired as full-time AV PRODUCER for BFI.

           The role is essentially in-house

           documentary filmmaker. Responsibilities

           included producing, writing, directing and

           editing a range of filmed content such as

           mini-documentaries, promo pieces for BFI

           seasons and interviewing film talent from

           A-list Hollywood stars to retired British film

           technicians. I was also usually camera-

           operating and recording sound myself.

           Examples of the INTERVIEWS and also

           MINI-DOCS and VIDEO ESSAYS can be

           seen by clicking these links.

2012 - Worked for WRITERS' WORKSHOP as

           screenplay editor and lecturer at live

           events such as THE FESTIVAL OF WRITING

           along with running weekend screenwriting

           courses.

          

2011 - My debut feature documentary ANYONE

          CAN PLAY GUITAR had its premiere to a

          sold-out audience at BFI Southbank. The

          film was introduced by ADAM BUXTON who

          also hosted a LIVE Q&A afterwards with me,

          Ed from Radiohead, Gaz from Supergrass,

          Mark from Ride and Nick from Candyskins.

          The film took five years to make and was

          narrated by STEWART LEE

2010 - Produced 11 monthly XTREME IAN

            Facebook challenge videos for PRINGLES.

2002 -

2010   I owned and operated a chain of two indie

           video stores in Oxford called

           VIDEOSYNCRATIC. You can see a mini-doc

           about them HERE

2003 - I worked as camera operator and sound

            recordist for various interviews and

            commentaries for the Directors Label

            DVD series

            including THE WORK OF SPIKE JONZE

            and THE WORK OF MICHEL GONDRY

2002 - Screenwriter on TOCA RACE DRIVER

            video game. It reached number 1 in the

            video games charts.

2000 -

2001    Screenwriter on Canadian Sci-Fi TV series

            LEXX.

1995-

1999    Attended the Scottish Film School in

            Edinburgh and graduated with a BA in

            Film, Photography and TV.