Darren Jonusas

ASE

curriculum vitae

Darren Jonusas ASE

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Darren has 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. 

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

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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. Nominated for 2 RTS awards. 2 of 4 x 1 hour history series directed by James van der Pool. 

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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.

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BBC2: EXPEDITION VOLCANO

An international science mission to one of the world’s most dangerous, spectacular and least known volcanoes on Earth: Nyiragongo. The team descend into the crater and carry out experiments to reveal what goes on beneath the Earth’s crust. 1 hour documentary, directed by Simon Winchcombe. 

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FOX & ITV: INSIDE THE MANSON CULT: THE LOST TAPES

Never before seen footage reveals a unique insight into the minds of the murderous Manson Family: the most notorious cult in modern America. 2 hour drama doc by Naked Entertainment, directed by Hugh Ballantyne

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PBS & NETFLIX: SNIPER

A nail-biting journey through the sniper shootings that paralysed the Washington Beltway and traumatised an entire nation in October 2002.  For more than three weeks anonymous gunmen shot civilians at random as the country watched, horrified. 2 of 6 x 1 hour dramadoc series by Arrow Media, directed by Janice Sutherland and Ursula Macfarlane

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BBC2: BLITZ: THE BOMBS THAT CHANGED BRITAIN

The butterfly effect of one bomb - from initial impact right through to the wider consequences for modern Britain - is tracked, unveiling a complex chain reaction of personal, social and national stories. Nominated for a BAFTA award. 1 of 4 x 1 hour history series by Wall to Wall, directed by Ben Crichton. 

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BBC2 : THE DAY THE DINOSAURS DIED

66 million years ago, the world was alive with dinosaurs. Then, in a moment, they disappeared. A remarkable expedition drills into an ancient undersea meteor crater to uncover the secret of what killed these mighty creatures. 1 hour science documentary directed by Nick Green.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 since series. Presented by Michael Mosely & directed by Naomi Austin.

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BBC2 & DISCOVERY: 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, directed by Stephen cooter and Nat Sharman.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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BBC2: THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR EXPERIMENT

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

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BBC1: GELDOF IN AFRICA

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

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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. 

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BBC1: SPACE - WITH SAM NEILL

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

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NVC ARTS / ARTE / BBC: RICHARD II

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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BBC2: LIFE AFTER BANDAID TENTH ANNIVERSARY - ETHIOPIA

10 x short films on Ethiopia. 

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BBC2 HORIZON SPECIAL: THE TRUTH ABOUT SEX

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

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

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

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ABC: GP 8 x 50' eps of drama serial. 

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

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

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