Darren Jonusas

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Darren Jonusas ASE


...has worked in television and films for over 30 years:


8 years full-time at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2 years full-time & free-lance in London, 2 more years full-time at the ABC and over 20 years back freelance in London.


Most of Darren's experience lies in science, history, drama and comedy. Many of his films have won Australian and international awards - see below. Darren has also been honoured with Accreditation by the Australian Screen Editors Guild.


At the Television Show in London, Darren presented workshops on editing. He’s run training & support for Avid in England and Europe. At the ABC, he’s trained drama & doco editors and supervised courses at The National Film and Television School at Pinewood.


Darren’s been on the jury to decide the BAFTA award for "Best Editing in a Factual Programme". He judges editing awards for the Australian Screen Editors Guild. He’s researched and directed location shooting for BBC Science.


Australian but now living in England with his lovely (English) wife, 21 year old daughter and 18 year old son, Darren is 51 years old.


Darren’s used Avid since it first came to England in 1991, Final Cut Pro 7 since 2006 and FCPX. Some of his credits in the UK and Australia include:



BBC2: BLACK AND BRITISH: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY
Few places have had a greater impact upon Britain than Africa and her peoples. David Olusoga joins forces with people all over Britain and its former colonies to reveal the full extent of this history. 2 of 4 x 1 hour history series directed by James van der Pool.


BBC1: FORCES OF NATURE

Prof Brian Cox takes us on a grand tour of Earth to explain what lies behind its startling beauty and unveils the forces that make our planet. 2 of 4 x 1 hour series directed by Matt Dyas.


BBC2: WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM: EMPIRE OF THE SUN

1 of 5 x 60 min science series presented by Prof Brian Cox, directed by Gideon Bradshaw. Winner of 2 RTS awards, Peabody, NY Film Festival Gold Medal, BANFF & 2 Broadcasting Press Guild. Nominated for Grierson & 4 BAFTA awards, including ‘Best Editing’.


BBC2: BRITAIN’S FORGOTTEN SLAVE OWNERS
The story of how slave money seeped into the lifeblood of Britain. 1 of 2 x 1 hour history series presented by David Olusoga, directed by James van der Pool. Winner of the BAFTA award for Best Specialist Factual & nominated for Best Presenter. Also nominated for 2 Grierson and 2 RTS.

BBC1: INSIDE THE HUMAN BODY

How senses, nerves, & brain combine to build the ultimate life on Earth: you. 2 of 4 x 60min science series, directed by Gideon Bradshaw & Annabel Gillings. RTS nomination.


BBC2: WONDERS OF LIFE: ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL

Prof Brian Cox discovers how a few fundamental laws formed the most complex force in the universe – life. 1 of 5 x 1 hour science series, directed by Gideon Bradshaw.


BBC4: LIGHT & DARK
Prof Jim Al-Khalili shows how scientists used light to reveal almost everything we know about the universe. 1 of 2 x 1 hour science series, directed by Stephen Cooter.

BBC2 & PBS: COUNTDOWN TO LIFE: THE EXTRAORDINARY MAKING OF YOU

The most perilous time in the womb, when everything hangs in the balance. 1 of 3 x 60min science series. Presented by Michael Mosely & directed by Naomi Austin.


BBC2: HUMAN UNIVERSE: APEMAN/SPACEMAN & WHAT IS OUR FUTURE?
What drove our ascent from ape to man - and to the stars? 2 of 5 x 1 hour science series presented by Prof Brian Cox for BBC2 & Discovery, directed by Stephen Cooter & Nat Sharman.

BBC1: THE TREASURE HUNTERS
Dallas Campbell & Ellie Harrison seek out the diverse stories behind our greatest riches. 1 of 2 x 1 hour documentary series, produced & directed by Sophie Todd.

Channel 4, CBC & PBS: THE HUNT FOR THE ARCTIC GHOST SHIP
In 1845 an expedition set out for the Arctic - but they vanished. Now: the biggest ever search for the wrecks. 1 hour history documentary directed by Ben Finney for Lion TV.

BBC2: HOT JETS, COLD WAR

The jet engine held out hope of economic renewal for Britain. 1 of 2 x 1 hour history series presented by James Holland, directed by Simon Winchcombe.


BBC2: RISE OF THE CONTINENTS: AUSTRALIA & EURASIA

Prof Iain Stewart reveals how the surface of our planet is constantly on the move. 2 of 4 x 60 min science series directed by Annabel Gillings & Stephen Cooter.


National Geographic: TITANIC: CASE CLOSED

100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, startling new revelations have emerged as to what caused the disaster. 1 x 90 min drama-doc by Bedlam Productions, directed by Nigel Levy.


BBC2: ORIGINS OF US: BONES & BRAINS

The clues to our evolution lie hidden in our bodies. 2 of 3 x 60min science series, directed by Dave Stewart & Paul Olding.


BBC2: WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE: FALLING & MESSENGERS

Our Universe contains unimaginable wonders. 2 of 4 x 60 min science series presented by Prof Brian Cox, directed by Chris Holt. Shortlisted for “Best Editing” BAFTA & nominated for Best Documentary Series.


BBC2: BRITAIN’S SECRET SEAS: GIANTS OF THE WEST

In search of the UK’s biggest marine animals, ships and wrecks.  1 of 4 x 60min science series, directed by Paul Olding.


BBC1: RICHARD HAMMOND'S INVISIBLE WORLDS: OUT OF SIGHT

1 of 3 x 60 min science. The incredible world that lies beyond what our eyes can see. Directed by Dan Clifton. RTS award.


HISTORY CHANNEL: AMERICA: THE STORY OF US

How America was invented, looking at the crucial moments when technology overcame the environment, directed by Dan Clifton. Primetime Emmy award & 6 nominations.


BBC2: SEVEN INDUSTRIAL WONDERS - THE GREAT SHIP

1 of 7 x 50' drama/doc series, Brunel's greatest challenge. Director Chris Spencer. Short-listed for six BAFTAs, including Best Editing, & nominated for Best Documentary Series. Also nominated for two Grierson and RTS award.


BBC2: EDGE OF LIFE

3 x 50' observational doc series, medical ethical dilemmas, producers Page Shepherd, Sophie Robinson & James van der Pool. Shortlisted for Best Editing BAFTA nominated for Grierson.


BBC2: THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR EXPERIMENT

60' science doc for Horizon, directed by James van der Pool, nominated for RTS Best Editing. 


BBC2: THE PRESIDENT'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE

60' science doc for Horizon, directed by James van der Pool.


BBC4: SACRED MUSIC WITH SIMON RUSSELL BEALE

2 x 60' music doc, directed by Andy Robbins.


BBC1: GELDOF IN AFRICA

6 x 30' doc series, directed by John Maguire.


BBC1: THE HUMAN BODY - THE END OF LIFE

1 of 7 x 50' landmark doc series with Prof Robert Winston, the moment of death, director Chris Spencer. BAFTA, RTS & San Francisco Film Festival awards.


BBC1: SPACE - WITH SAM NEILL

3 of 6 x 30' series, presented by Sam Neill, director Jeremy Turner. RTS award.


BBC1: HUMAN INSTINCT

2 of 4 x 60' landmark doc series with Prof Robert Winston, evolutionary behaviour, director Natasha Bondy. Shortlisted for BAFTAs, nominated for Emmy.


NVC ARTS / ARTE / BBC: RICHARD II

2 hour drama stars Fiona Shaw, director Deborah Warner, producer John Wyver for Illuminations. Rocky award at BANFF.


BBC2 / NVC / ABC / PBS: AUSTRALIA: BEYOND THE FATAL SHORE

4 of 6 x 50' docs, art critic/author Robert Hughes returns home, directors Chris Spencer, Phil Smith & Richard Curzon Smith for Oxford Films. RTS award.


CH4: THE 1900 HOUSE

4 of 8 x 30' series, modern family live as Victorians, director Caroline Ross-Pirie for Wall to Wall. Indy award.


ITV NETWORK FIRST/ PBS NOVA: THREE MEN AND A BALLOON

50' doc, Richard Branson attempts to fly around the world by balloon, director Garfield Kennedy.


BBC2: CHRIS PATTEN'S EAST & WEST - THE PACIFIC CENTURY

1 of 3 x 40' doc series, the former Governor's view, director Chris Spencer for Oxford Films. Indy award.


CH4 / THE TATE GALLERY: THE 1996 TURNER PRIZE & THE 1998 TURNER PRIZE

4 x short films on artists & 40 min doc, director Terry Braun, producer Linda Zuck for Illuminations.


BBC2: LIFE AFTER BANDAID TENTH ANNIVERSARY - ETHIOPIA

10 x short films on Ethiopia.


BBC2 HORIZON SPECIAL: THE TRUTH ABOUT SEX

50' science doc, landmark sex survey, director Celia Lowenstein, producer Max Whitby.


BBC: HEART OF THE MATTER 4 of 30' doc series by Joan Bakewell.


ABC: HEARTLAND 2 eps of 13 x 50' drama miniseries starring Cate Blanchett. AFI & Australian Human Rights Award.


ABC: GP 8 x 50' eps of drama serial.


ABC: THE MONEY OR THE GUN: SERIES 1 & 2 23 x 45' comedy. Won 3 AFI Awards and UN Media Peace Prize.


ABC: ELTON JOHN "TOUR DE FORCE" DOCUMENTARY 60' music doc shortlisted for 1987 Cannes award.


ABC: THE DINGO PRINCIPLE 10 x 30' weekly sketch comedy / political satire.


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