Directors to Watch 2008: Jonathan van Tulleken

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Jonathan van Tulleken
Jonathan van Tulleken
We were introduced to Jonathan van Tulleken in 2007 at our No Spot short film festival, when he accompanied his collaborator Tim Key, comedy writer and star of the Best Overall and Best Direction winner, The One and Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island." Although van Tulleken didn't have a film in the show that night—Herb was directed by Moxie's James Griffiths—we soon saw what he was capable of after buddy Key sent us a series of twisted, meandering poems his friend had shot, along with the quirky black and white short Machines: They're full of kids. "I've been trying to make really short stuff which combines dramatic filmmaking, with serious actors and a beautiful look, with comedic, or sometimes just peculiar stories," Van Tulleken says.

Currently, the budding talent is finishing his MFA at Columbia film school in New York, but he's already signed with newly-formed production company Brilliant House for spot representation, and with United Agents for TV and film directing jobs. He's already got work appearing in an upcoming BBC3 series, a live comedy show, a comedy feature produced by Peter Farrelly, and a web film "based on the idea that the Politburo commissioned films for the early internet back in the 1960s." Add a potential 3 Minute Wonder for Channel 4 on birds colliding with skyscrapers, a surreal horror short he's shooting in the U.S. and a recently completed feature screenplay and suffice to say the writer-director is keeping busy.

Read about Harold Einstein, another of our 2008 Directors to Watch.

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