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Joanna Bowers

Joanna made her directorial debut in 2009 after graduating from the University of Leeds with a BA in Broadcast Journalism with the BBC. Beginning her career in film in Los Angeles she worked her way up in the industry developing content for networks including MTV and working as a casting director for film and digital content. She began her directing career unwittingly when asked to direct the short film Inviolate Rose, which was quickly followed by TV pilot Riding Hoods; All Rhyme, No Reason and a range of other commercial, fashion and narrative projects. She now lives in Hong Kong working as a producer, writer and director creating original content throughout Asia via her company Cheeky Monkey Productions. Recent shoots for brands include Cathay Pacific, HSBC and The North Face. Joanna just premiered her feature directorial debut, the kickstarter funded “The Helper” documentary chronicling the diverse stories from Hong Kong’s migrant domestic workers, exploring the immense contribution they make to society in the face of heart-breaking separation from their loved ones. Joanna is currently in post-production on feature documentary Inside Out she is producing for director Hannah Bent.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, May 20

10:45 HKT