Author / Director / Scriptwriter
Jody Sabral has made a career in broadcast journalism both in front of the camera as a foreign correspondent and behind it as a producer/camera operator/video-editor. While working in Istanbul as a foreign correspondent Jody directed/wrote and produced investigative factual films for Aljazeera’s People and Power, and Metropolis TV (VPRO Netherlands), and produced hundreds of news reports for international broadcasters. After returning to the UK she undertook an MA at City University in creative writing where she was awarded the CWA Debut Dagger (2014) and recognised as a promising new author in the crime writing world. Her third novel I NEVER LIE became a best-seller on the Amazon US digital chart. Visual story-telling is her passion and she completed a screenwriting course at City Lit and a directing course at Raindance Film School in London. Narrative filmmaking kind of fell into place after that.
WE – Jody’s third short film was made during lockdown 2020 and screened at the Pan African Film Festival (ACADEMY qualifying) in LA 2021 as part of the official selection.
HELPLINE – Jody’s second short film made in June 2019 was selected for the Beverley Hills Festival and Carmarthen Bay (BAFTA qualifying) in 2020.
THE WRONG CAR – Jody’s first short made in Oct 2018 debuted at LIFT OFF Festival, Pinewood Studios, and went on to win second prize at the Los Angeles Television, Film and Script Festival in 2019.
Jody also works freelance for BBC Newsgathering and as a production manager on location shoots. She lives by the sea with her dog and swims in the sea most days, even in winter!