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KIRK JONES (Directed by) graduated from Newport Film School in 1987 after winning a national student film competition. He started to work for London-based production company BFCS as an assistant film editor, but continued to write and direct his own films in his spare time.

He collected a Silver at the Creative Circle awards for his Mercedes test commercial in 1990 and was invited to join Xenium productions as a director. After winning an award for his Absolut vodka commercial, which he wrote and directed, he started to direct commercials full time in Europe and in the U.S.

In 1991, Jones joined producer Glynis Murray at the newly formed Tomboy Films and continued to direct commercials for clients including Coca-Cola, Reebok, The National Lottery and McDonalds. He won awards at the Creative Circle, British Television Awards, NABS and, in 1996, was awarded the Silver Lion at Cannes.

Jones wrote and directed his first feature film Waking Ned Devine in 1998 with a budget of $3 million. The film went on to gross almost $90 million worldwide with awards in the U.S. and Europe including New York Comedy Film Festival (Best Feature) Comedy D'alp, France (Grand Jury Prize and Critics Prize), Guild of German Cinema (Gold Award, Best Feature), Paris Film Festival (Audience Award), Golden Satellite Awards (Best Motion Picture nomination) and BAFTA (Most Promising Newcomer nomination). After Waking Ned Devine, he returned to writing and developing his own film projects and continued to direct commercials.

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