Director Biography – Jo Southwell (ENTRANCE NO EXIT)

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Jo is an award winning film director with titles including HOLDING ON, COVER ME, DEIRDRE and THE GUNMAN. In 2017, Jo was selected by Directors UK to be a mentee to Jon East on Killing Eve (BBC USA). She is shortlisted for the BBC Directors Scheme for emerging talent.

In development, DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS Feature with Tara Fitzgerald and Mac and Beth with Jon Finn attached.(producer Billy Elliott.)

Director Statement

Entrance No Exit is a funny and moving look at OCD. As soon as I read the script I knew I had to make this short film. Not only is it written in such a way that I could visualize the whole story – it allows the audience to learn and feel for an OCD sufferer without all those cliched moments so often acted out on screen.

When designing the colour palette and shot list, I looked through comedy film directors I admire and most importantly – make me laugh ! I watched lots of clips of physical comedy and used these as stepping stones to this film.

Using a single location – albeit an aeroplane really helped out ability to capture the story we wanted to tell.

As a crowd funded short there were certain limitations BUT a massive thank you to everyone who helped create this vision. I hope you love it and LAUGH.

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