About

Jeongeun Choi, a filmmaker originally from South Korea, has worked in South Korea and the UK for the past ten years as a feature film script supervisor, writer/director, TV news camerawoman and translator. Jeongeun’s work is always looking at the edges of human values, challenging the themes of abnormal relationships, death and life.

Born and raised in naturally and culturally distinctive island of Jeju, off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, Jeongeun instinctively learnt the value of difference. She left her hometown for Seoul to experience the other world as well as study filmmaking. At Sejong University, she wrote and directed seven short films and worked on numerous short films. She received bursaries throughout the four years and graduated with a merit in 2007.

Jeongeun started her film career as a script supervisor on the top-ranking Korean thriller SEVEN DAYS (2007) starring Yunjin Kim, which broadened her knowledge of feature-filmmaking. After SEVEN DAYS, Jeongeun worked on the Cannes Jury Prize-winner THIRST (2009) by director Park Chan-wook in the same role.

Working with artistically talented and internationally acclaimed directors was a powerful stimulus for Jeongeun to make her own films again. In 2009, she left Seoul for the multi-cultural city of London where she further expanded her horizons by meeting people of various backgrounds and values. Later, she decided to study at the London Film School in MA filmmaking.

Her commercial-format film, NATURAL BEAUTY, DOVE (2011) was funded by the Kodak Commercial Awards 2011 and the London Film School. The story follows a mother and her young daughter; the latter blindly imitates her mother’s low self-esteem by applying her mother’s lipstick on hers. It was later screened at the ‘W Project’ which celebrated the 100th International Woman’s Day.

SPARE (2011), a collaboration with The National Gallery in London, was nominated for Best Experimental Film at BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival as well as Best Music Composition at Underwire Film Festival. Jeongeun was inspired by a painting, ‘Wheat Field with Cypresses’ by Vincent van Gogh and created a very original short film about a tenpin bowler, Vincent, and his last days which resembles van Gogh’s.

Jeongeun’s award-winning short film, RISE ABOVE (2013) was funded by the Korean Film Council and Jeju Film Commission, allowing her to shoot in her own hometown of Jeju. The film later screened at Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival in Serbia and Riga International Short Film Festival in Lativa, where it was awarded the ‘Special Mention’.

Jeongeun is currently developing two feature film scripts: THE GO-BETWEEN (BBC Writersroom's Drama Room 2018 shortlisted) and DOGGERLAND. At the same time, she is working on multiple projects: on the feature film THE CURRENT WAR as the DOP assistant; on the theatre project ONE DAY MAYBE commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture as an assistant director; with TV broadcaster JTBC as a camerawoman; and with OBS as an assistant/translator to television director of the opening and closing ceremonies of Winter Olympics 2018.

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