Jungleboys signs 2012 Tropfest winner Alethea Jones

Film-maker Alethea Jones has joined Sydney-based production company Jungleboys’ stable of directors.

Among the Melbourne-based director’s accolades, she won last year’s Tropfest and recently directed the 2013 Tropfest trailer.

Jones works primarily in comedy, a space the Jungleboys has sought to occupy in the last year.

In 2012 the production company widened its work beyond advertising and online sketch to long form comedy with ABC1’s A Moody Christmas. The company announced late last year it was producing a sketch comedy series for ABC1, which Jones will contribute to.

Jones said: “I’m beyond pumped.”

Jungleboys founder and executive producer Jason Burrows said: “We’re thrilled to have Alethea on board. She is very well respected by a lot of our favourite comic actors. Her work always has a unique and brilliant look and she is one of the funniest directors I’ve met.”

The film-maker’s short Dave’s Dead premiered at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival and screened recently at Flickerfest. In 2011 she won the Audience Choice Award at both Flickerfest and St Kilda Film Festival for short When the Wind Changes. The same film won best short at the 2011 IF Awards.

She received her first broadcast credit writing and directing the ABC documentary Tissue, a part of Matchbox Pictures’ Anatomy series.

The director is also in currently working on her feature film directorial debut in the US.


  1. Sid
    23 Jan 13
    7:45 pm

  2. I believe Tropfest started with good intentions

    But now around the world there is an endless juggernaut of film festivals. One has to ask how 700 x entry fees at $ 40 for the privilege of making a commissioned work for a festival benefits the film maker. In paying their fee film makers consume thousands of dollars in value of labour and equipment use just for an empty promise. On top of that you sign away up all your rights to the organisers. How crazy is that?

    In some festivals there is no transparency in the judging process There is no assurance that the film has even been viewed. In the US there is a class action against Sundance. It is alleged that there is not even enough physical time available for the judges to look through entries.
    Just look critically at Withoutabox once you start using it you get very cynical of the whole scene.. Some film festivals have lost their way and just seem to be about their own self promotion.