Jonathan auf der Heide is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, and currently works as a lecturer at the VCA Film and TV School. Most recently, he was the second unit director for the ABC telemovie The Secret River, directed by Daina Reid. He is also attached as a writer and director on several feature films currently in development.
In 2008 his short film Hell’s Gates, which he had written, directed and edited, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and won Best Student Film and the award for Best Emerging Filmmaker. Jonathan later adapted the short into a feature, Van Diemen’s Land, with co-writer Oscar Redding, making his feature debut as a director. Both Jonathan and Oscar took on the role of Executive Producer and raised the finance for the film. Van Diemen’s Land has since screened at numerous festivals both in Australia and internationally, and won a Special Mention for the New Visions Award in Sitges at the Catalonian International Film Festival. Its modestly successful theatrical release ($290,000 off 9 screens) was met with critical acclaim: David Stratton called Jonathan “A born filmmaker… Stimulating, thought provoking, a film you’re unlikely to ever forget” (The Australian).
Jonathan continued to collaborate with Oscar Redding, directing a number of episodes of the comedy web series Cop Hard, as well as producing the entire series. Cop Hard screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and picked up awards for Best Actor, Best Guest Actor and Best Score at the LA Webfest. In 2010, Jonathan took part in a panel discussion ‘Beyond The Convict Stain’ for the King’s College in London. He also launched the conference ‘Found In Translation’ for Monash University in Prato as a keynote speaker. More recently, Jonathan was a speaker for the debate “Is the Screen Mightier than the Sword?” on Big Ideas (ABC1).
In 2013, Jonathan directed the short film Fog as part of the compendium feature Tim Winton’s The Turning, and produced Kitty Green’s feature documentary Ukraine Is Not A Brothel which screened at the Venice International Film Festival. This documentary also picked up the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.