Jolyon Hoff is an Australian filmmaker who has been based in Abuja, Nigeria for the past three years.
Since living there he has filmed ancient Yoruba rituals, photographed Kings and Chiefs, and established and mentored a film production hub in the middle of the oil troubled Niger Delta. To see some of his Nigerian work please go to Nigerianstories.com.
Prior to living in Nigeria, he lived in Washington DC and Sydney Australia and made documentaries, films, commercials and music videos.
In Washington DC, he worked with the three top production companies Think Film Inc, Engine Pictures and Third Story Films. Some highlights include directing The Morrowind Babies a documentary about famed gaming company Bethesda Software, a number of music videos and a full length concert film for Thievery Corporation, and producing work for BBC World, Discovery Channel and PBS. He was also happy to meet and work with performers including Bill Cosby, Ian Mackaye, HR from Bad Brains and Chuck Brown.
In Australia, Jolyon’s most recent work includes Searching for Michael Peterson, a Screen Australia funded documentary, which was called ‘the surfing documentary of the year’ . Nominated for best documentary at the Independent Film Awards, ATOM Awards and the St Kilda Film Festival it has become a cult classic. The film was recently invited to screen at the Brisbane International Film Festival as part of its surf film retrospective.
In 2011 he produced and directed, Thievery Corporation - live at the 9:30 club which was called “The most visually interesting concert film since Stop Making Sense”. It is currently screening on the Documentary Channel in the United States.
Other films have screened at festivals around the world including Slamdance, Martha’s Vineyard, Montreal World, Santa Cruz, Flickerfest and Telluride Film Festivals. His music videos have millions of hit on Youtube.
He has worked as a producer or director for companies and television networks including BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, ThinkFilm, Warners Music, EMI, Channel 7, GE, Canon, National Rugby League and many others.
He holds a Masters Degree in Documentary Directing from the prestigious Australian Film, Radio and Television School, where he received the Film Australia Award for “most significant achievement in the art of documentary”. He holds a BA in Communication Studies from Newcastle University.