TV PRESENTER & FILMMAKER
Jonathan is a Top Billing presenter and award winning and multi talented filmmaker. He was recently named as one of Mail and Guardian’s 30 most influential young South Africans in the art and culture fields.
He started out writing, directing and acting for theatre with the likes of Andrew Buckland and Reza de Wet. He made the big step to film when a script he wrote for Quickies film festival was selected from over 5000 applicants to be produced and screened on art cinemas around the country. Audiences then voted him as one of SA’s top 12 directors. He went on to star in a popular reality filmmaking show on SABC 3, competing against the other filmmakers. His subsequent two short films won best editing and cinematography. Since then he has shot award winning commercials and corporate videos for, among others, Audi, Garmin, Nestle, Canon, Coca Cola, SAA, Johnnie Walker, Multichoice, Anglo Gold, and United Nations. After joining Catapult commercials (http://catapult.tv/jonathan-boynton-lee/) in Johannesburg, his Friskies campaign won a coveted Loerie award.
Recently, two-time Academy Award nominee Kevin Harris selected him as one of 6 filmmakers across Africa to be mentored under the auspices of the Rainbow Documentary Collective. Him and Kevin have just completed their second documentary together, the highly praised Life is Art.
Following its world premiere, Jonathan’s feature film debut Jozi Kings was nominated for Best Action Film and Best Screenplay at the Nollywood Film Critics Awards in the USA, subsequently winning for best film. It was recently selected to spearhead a revolutionary new distribution platform, Kasi Movie Nights, bringing the magic of movies to the townships. The film has subsequently been nominated for best film in the 2013 Africa Magic viewers choice awards, and has made official selection for the 2013 Jozi Film Festival.
Jonathan is also as talented in front of the camera. Before his career highlight of winning the My Top Billing dream presenter search, he had acted in a number of local commercials for Exclusive Books, Absa, Coca Cola, Toyota, and Steers. He has modeled for, among others, Woolworths, Nike, FHM, GQ, Gucci, Aberrombie, and Calvin Klein, and graced the runways at local and international fashion shows.
Find out how and why Jonathan decided to become a SHARK WARRIOR AMBASSADOR!
(Slide show credits: Gunther Schubert photographer | Ruald Rheeder for clothes)