Jonathan Ogilvie was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and while living in London in the 80s, he worked on the crew of several feature films including Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. This experience cemented his desire to become a filmmaker. He graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 1990.
He wrote and directed the feature film The Tender Hook (starring Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne and Matt Le Nevez) which was released in 2008 by Icon Films and was nominated for five AFI awards and an AWGIE award for Best Feature Screenplay. He has made numerous shorts films which have screened at major film festivals and have sold internationally. Despondent Divorcee and This Film Is a Dog were both selected for Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and 1996 respectively. This Film Is a Dog also won Tropfest in 1996. In 2007 he made the Super-8 feature Emulsion (starring Matt Le Nevez, Ella Scott Lynch and Toby Schmitz), which screened at the Brisbane International Film Festival, Cinema des Antipodes in Cannes and Ozflix in Toronto.
Jonathan has several feature films in development. These include the WW2 NZ/AUS co-production, In the Name of War (producers Trevor Haysom and Greg Duffy), Head South, a coming-of-age story set in New Zealand’s South Island in the 70s and Lone Wolf, an innovative adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Secret Agent.
From 2009–2014 Jonathan was a Directing Lecturer at AFTRS. In 2017 was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University for his thesis The Cinematics of Surveillance and screenplay Lone Wolf.
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