About

Jesse is a graduate of Modern History at Oxford University and Fiction Directing at the National Film & TV School where he trained under Ian Sellar and Stephen Frears. His graduation film Runt won Best Film at Bologna and Brest, Special Jury Award at Taipei and Special Mentions at Ludwigsburg and Aix-en-Provence.  Runt was one of twenty films chosen from around the world to compete in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation programme. He was recently awarded funding from the BFI / Creative England Emerging Talent scheme to direct his fiction screenplay If You Can Hear Me, scheduled for production in 2017.

Jesse is based in Bath where he writes and makes films.  Recent commissions include: Recovery Devon promo – a community interest company that promotes mental health and wellbeing; Shoplifting, Fight and MDMA – three drama shorts for Somerset Youth Offending Team; Music For All -  short docs about a project bringing musical instruments to schools in rural Zimbabwe; ten short dramas for the Ministry of Justice to aid in rehabilitating offenders; several films made with Somerset Film promoting Restorative Justice; and (as editor) Last Words - feature length documentary about the Battle Of Arnhem as told by surviving veterans.

Alongside work for clients, Jesse continues to author personal work in drama and documentary.  His fiction short Isaac screened at festivals in Europe, India and Australia. Installments of his documentary series – A Special Place – about artists and the places that inspire them – have screened at the Hollow Earth Festival, Liverpool Lift-Off, Edindocs, St Albans, American Online Film Awards, ING Bank London, Purbeck Film Festival & Victoria Gallery Bath.

Other ongoing projects include writing his feature film – Sargasso Dreams – (treatment shortlisted in Euroscript Story Competition 2013); The Human Harp – documentary about visionary artist Di Mainstone and her mission to turn suspension bridges into giant harps and play them; and various writing projects.