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Emotionally Absurd

John specialises in creating stylised, performance-based comedy. He admires idiosyncratic and meticulous directors like Roy Andersson who find humour in understatement. 

All John’s work inhabits a world where characters wear their hearts on their sleeves. They’re always marked by the textures of life – from disappointment to delight. John believes honesty is everything in comedy… and life – that’s why he’s recently stopped telling people he played under 21 cricket for Queensland when he was 14. 

For John, words and images are two sides of the same coin and for that reason he has developed a narrative style that is informed by his writing experience. He has written funded feature screenplays and most recently sold a comedy TV pilot to Time Warner in the US. Yes, that was pretty cool.

In the early days of developing his directing career John paid the bills as a freelance creative, so he understands why you’re asking him to write a treatment in 24 hours for a shoot next week. He doesn’t particularly love it, but he understands.

 

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Testimonials

Rob Barnett: Creative Director - Xero

 John is more than a director, he’s a creative powerhouse with truly unique and unexpected ideas. I’ve engaged him on a number of projects in agencies and direct because of his ability to support me and my team across every stage of a project from ideation, copywriting, pitching, directing and editing. 

Tom Fitzgerald: Art Director - Hardhat

 If you get the chance to work with John, take it. John is not just one of my favourite directors to work with, but one of my favourite people. Every project we have brought to him has been met with an incredible level of enthusiasm and has been lifted to new heights by his wacky sense of humour and brilliant writing and editing skills. 

Cath Vallence: Marketing Manager - Sensis

 John is a brilliant talent to work with. He is a great writer/director with super sharp comic sensibilities. He is also excellent at negotiating with senior execs to get the best outcome for the viewing audience. 

Fraser Nelson: Copywriter - Clemenger BBDO

 It’s hard giving up your word baby. But being able to bounce ideas for jokes and characters with the person who’s going to make the fuckin’ thing is super handy. When you’re on-set you already know how they work, so bouncing more ideas and ad-libbing is breezy. More trust = better end product. 

Holly Langford: Senior Art Director - Isobar

 Sometimes you can have a weird idea that you’re a little scared of sharing. John takes that idea and embraces, cradles, builds and moulds it into something much bolder, crazier and more amazing! 

Luke Falkland-Brown: Senior Copywriter - Isobar

 John is a creative’s best friend. He’s collaborative, is an amazing and funny writer and has a knack of crafting these weird and wonderful worlds. We’ve worked together a lot and he’s made a real habit out of making me look good. 

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