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Jo Austin
Candid Films
Exec Producer
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Jo founded Sydney production company Candid Films which has delivered commercials and content to some of Australia’s biggest brands for the last ten years. Candid’s work has achieved prestigious advertising industry awards including a Cannes Lion and an Effie, and provided Jo with a deep understanding of digital marketing and social media strategy.

Prior to ad work, Jo worked on major factual formats in the UK such as LONG WAY ROUND with Ewan McGregor and in Australia created, produced and directed two original multi-ep series for Nat Geo that now stream on Amazon Prime and Netflix. Since 2019, Jo has shifted her personal focus to long form documentary and drama, specifically in the based on true story genre. Starting with shorts, her first, TWO BITES premiered at Flickerfest in 2018 and her latest, FATHER will hit festivals at the end of 2021.

Jo now has a number of feature length dramas on her slate which she is currently developing. Over the last two years Jo has theatrical released two feature length documentaries; UNDONE (2020) featuring surfer Laura Enever, which reached number 7 in the global iTunes movie chart alongside BOMBSHELL and 1917 and most recently the Screen Australia and ABC commission, TALL POPPY: A SKATER’S STORY (2021), about skateboarder Poppy Olsen’s journey to the Tokyo Olympics which was filmed over ten years.
Jo Austin