About Jesse Quinones

2022 saw Jesse direct Love Is A Stranger, episode 4 of season 8's INSIDE NO 9, which received a 5 Star Review in The Times. He was also lead director on BBC One’s flagship return to WATERLOO ROAD (2022), seasons 11 and 12, for which he was nominated for the Victor Adebodun Award for Best Debut Director at the Edinburgh TV Festival. He is developing HEIST OF BENIN, a feature spec set up with Apple TV, with David Oyelowo attached to star. He is also developing feature FORGOTTEN HOOSIERS,  a reboot of the 80s classic Hoosiers, with producer Basil Iwanyk (John Wick) and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. Other projects in development include TV series POSTER BOY with Buffalo Dragon, and a YA adaptation with Igeneration. A dual national (US & UK) Writer/Director, Jesse's first feature film, CALLOUSED HANDS, starred Andre Royo (HBO's THE WIRE), Daisy Haggard (Showtime's EPISODES), and Hans Howes (THERE WILL BE BLOOD). It premiered at the Miami International Film Festival, and has gone on to screen in over 20 festivals around the world, garnering numerous awards. In 2020 Jesse wrote and directed his second feature  film, CAGEFIGHTER which starred Gina Gershon and Chuck Liddell, which was released in select theaters in October, 2020 in the US and had a global release online. Jesse is a recent addition to Stars Collective, a US initiative run by Starlight Entertainment to support BIPOC filmmakers.

Jesse is an alum of numerous writing labs and fellowships including the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme, Soho Theatre Writer's Attachment Programme, Berlinale Talent Campus, B3 Media Talent Lab, NALIP Latino Writer's Lab, and the BBC Writer's Room.

In his downtime he enjoys spending time with his family and training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which he holds a Black Belt in. Jesse is represented by Gersh Agency in the US and Revolution Talent in the UK.

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Calloused Hands Reviews

An unusually perceptive and sensitive first feature.

Miami New Times

Calloused Hands is kept spinning by the energy and fury of Andre Royo (The Wire), who conveys the desperation and erratic behavior of a man who has failed at life and knows it. Royo's talent is undeniable. Why isn't this actor in more movies?

Miami Herald

Calloused Hands pitches dysfunction over the plate.

LA Times


Jan 31, 2023 Jesse Quinones on Directing a new vision for Waterloo Road

Feb 10, 2022 Jesse Signs on to Lead Direct on BBC's Waterloo Road

August, 2020 Cagefighter picks up sales worldwide 

Feb 6, 2018, Cagefighter announced in The Sun

November 23, 2017, Calloused Hands released on VOD. Purchase the film here

December 24, 2016, Jesse Quinones speaks to Verve Radio about his career. Interview can be listened to here.

October 30, 2016, Jesse Quinones announced as a Patron of the British Urban Film Festival

October 11, 2016, Half-hour documentary Shoeshiners picked up by Journeyman Pictures

March 18, 2016 Jesse speaks to Bright Young Things Film Club about upcoming projects

October 16, 2015: Jesse listed as one of five indie directors to look out for

September 22, 2015: Jesse greenlit to shoot documentary series for Channel 4's 4oD strand with Bafta winning production company Film Mode 

September 17, 2015: Calloused Hands wins Best Feature Film and Best Director at British Urban Film Festival 

August 30, 2015: Cagefigher selected to Film London's Production Finance Market

August 1, 2015: Calloused Hands received three nominations at the inaugural 2015 British Urban Film Festival (Sponsored by Channel 4). Nominated for best film, best director, and best actress (Daisy Haggard)

July 27, 2015: Jesse soon to begin production on six part documentary series for Channel 4's 4oD strand. Produced by Film Mode.

August 18, 2014: Calloused Hands to receive theatrical release in Laemmle Theatre in November 2014

May 20, 2104: Jesse signed by Irresistible Films for commercials reps

October 7, 2013: Carlito y Jane selected to Film London Micro Market

August 19, 2013: Carlito y Jane shortlisted by Sundance Writers Lab

July 31, 2013: Jesse selected to SOS Bureau Writing Scheme

June 24, 2013: Jesse selected to the Skylight Scheme at the 2013 BBC TV Writers Festival

Blogtalkradio, May 26, 2013: Director Jesse Quinones discusses Calloused Hands

Indiewire, May 23, 2013: Andre Royo’s feature Calloused Hands selected to LUFF

Screendaily, May 21, 2013: Calloused Hands selected to Film London’s LUFF Breakthrough Strand

Itsblackcurrent.com, April 8, 2013: Calloused Hands Reviewed

MGM Latino, April 2, 2013: Calloused Hands Featured on MGM Latino

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