Julian started out as a feature film runner and BBC documentary researcher before getting his directing break on music magazine and list shows featuring some of the world’s biggest names in Hip Hop, Rock, Metal and Dance music. He then switched to Motorsport, spending 18 months travelling the world Directing for the World Rally Championship.
In 2003 Julian made his first documentary The Curse of Blue Peter. A warm and irreverent tribute to the famous British kid’s TV show, the film was a huge success for Channel 5 and launched Julian as an in-demand Director for the UK terrestrial market.
In 2006 Julian made his first documentary for US television. How William Shatner Changed the World that saw the legendary USS Enterprise Captain examine how the science fiction of Star Trek has influenced the real world of science. The film was nominated for 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, 3 Gemini Awards, A Royal Television Society Award, a Grierson Award and a Cine Golden Eagle.
Julian followed this up with films including an epic and visually spectacular drama-doc called The Great Sperm Race (TX C4 2009) which used a cast of thousands to imagine the journey of conception scaled up to human size and was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, a World Television Festival Award and 3 Gemini Awards.
Julian’s 2011 Discovery Channel drama-doc Can You Live Forever? saw Mythbusters Adam Savage transformed into a 1000 year old man and earned an 2012 Emmy Award nomination.
In 2012 Julian made his first feature film – A 3D genre-busting hybrid of art, scripted drama, theatre and documentary: Inside The Mind Of Leonardo stars Peter Capaldi as Leonardo Da Vinci which TX Sky Arts 2 in March 2013 and had a one-night only screening in Picturehouse cinemas across the UK. It has been picked up for US distribution by Submarine Deluxe (from December 2014). It was shortlisted for the 2014 RTS ‘Best Arts Film’ award, the 2013 Grierson Best Arts Documentary award and the 2014 TV Arts Rose d’Or, shown at the DOC NYC festival in New York, and won ‘Best Historical Documentary’ at the 3D Creative Arts Awards in LA.
He directed an episode of Hinterland 2 for Fiction Factory/Severn Screen which screened on S4C in Autumn 2015 and BBC4 in Spring 2016.
Recent work includes writing, directing and producing single film Map of Hell for National Geographic Studios and directing three-part period drama documentary Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents for BBC2/PBS/72 Films, which has just been nominated for an RTS Award.
Julian is Welsh and resides with his wife and daughter in London, England.
Julian Jones is represented by Frances Arnold