Jeremy Podeswa

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Jeremy Podeswa
Born1962 (age 58–59)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materRyerson University
AFI Conservatory
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1984–present

Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962) is a Canadian film and television director. He is best known for directing the films The Five Senses (1999) and Fugitive Pieces (2007). He has also worked as director on the television shows Six Feet Under,[1] Nip/Tuck, The Tudors, Queer as Folk, and the HBO World War II miniseries The Pacific.[2] He has also written several films.

In 2014, he directed episodes five and six of the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones,[3] earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the latter episode. He returned the next season, directing the season premiere and the second episode. He also directed the season premiere as well as the season finale of the seventh season.[4] In 2021, he directed an episode of the TV series adaptation of The Mosquito Coast.


Jeremy Podeswa was born in 1962 in Toronto, Ontario. He is Jewish, and his Polish Jewish father,[5] a painter, was the only one of his immediate family to make it out of the German Nazi camps alive.[6] He attended the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto[7] before graduating from Ryerson University's Film Studies program[8] and the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies (now the AFI Conservatory).[9] He has recently identified as queer and states that it is only one part of his identity:

" sexual orientation is one element among others. I believe that the experience of belonging to a minority, whether tied to sexual orientation, religion or race, changes your perspective you can have on of our environment and things in life. My orientation is only one part of me: I am Jewish, my parents are immigrants, I am North American. All these things and many others make what I am. It would be very restrictive, even a mistake, to say that my work or any other filmmaker’s can be reduced to the dimension of sexual orientation.[10]"

He was part of a loosely affiliated group of filmmakers to emerge in the 1980s from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave.

In 1983, 21-year-old Podeswa used his student loans to make his first short film, titled David Roche Talks to You About Love —a 22-minute performance about a gay actor and his views on love.[7] The aspiring director then took jobs as a production assistant, assistant editor and a publicist before he started directing his own films. During the eighties and nineties when he just started his career, he made Canadian indie shorts and features such as The Five Senses, Eclipse, and Fugitive Pieces (2008), loosely based on a novel by Anne Michael, which was awarded the opening night slot at the 2007 International Film Festival. The film has since received critical acclaim. Podeswa has recently made a name for himself directing critically acclaimed and commercially successful television shows, such as Six Feet Under, True Blood, Dexter, Game of Thrones and Queer as Folk.[11] Though, he has been successful with his career making and directing TV shows, yet he wishes to go beyond than what he has now.


Altogether, Jeremy Podeswa has won 20 awards while having 34 nominations for his expert works. Podeswa was given two Genie Awards in 2000 as Best Director of The Five Senses, which was awarded Best Picture. He also won a Genie award in 1987, many years before, for having the Best Live Action Short Drama. Podeswa has also won a Broadcast Film Critics Association award for the Best Picture Made for Television. In addition, he won an award at NewFest: New York's LGBT Film Festival for the Best Short. Podeswa won an award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2008 for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. In addition he won Best Short at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. His most recent accomplishments occurred in 2015 and 2018, where he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction of a Drama Series with Game of Thrones.[12]



  • List of Podeswa's directed television shows
Year Title Notes
2001-2004 Queer as Folk 4 episodes
2001 The Chris Isaak Show
2001-2005 Six Feet Under 5 episodes
2003-2005 Carnivàle 4 episodes
2003 Nip/Tuck 2 episodes (season 3)
2004 The L Word 1 episode
2004 Wonderfalls 1 episode
2005 Rome 1 episode
2005 Into the West 1 episode
2005 Commander in Chief 1 episode
2007 Dexter 1 episode
2007 John from Cincinnati 1 episode
2007 The Riches
2007-2010 The Tudors 8 episodes
2009 Empire State
2009 Weeds 1 episode
2010 The Pacific 3 episodes (co-directed 1 episode)
2010 Rubicon 2 episodes
2010-2014 Boardwalk Empire 7 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
2011 Camelot 2 episodes
2011 The Borgias 3 episodes
2011 True Blood 1 episode
2012 Homeland 1 episode
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum 1 episode
2012-2013 The Newsroom 2 episodes
2013 The Walking Dead 1 episode
2013 Ray Donovan 1 episode
2014 American Horror Story: Coven 1 episode
2015-2019 Game of Thrones 6 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Nominated - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
2015 True Detective 1 episode
2018 Here and Now 3 episodes
2018 The Handmaid's Tale 2 episodes
2019 The Loudest Voice Miniseries; 2 episodes
2019 On Becoming a God in Central Florida Episode: "The Gloomy-Zombies"


Year Title Notes
1983 David Roche Talks to You About Love
1985 In the Name of Bobby
1986 Nion in the Kabaret de La Vita
1992 Standards
1993 Walls
1993 Caveman Rainbow
1994 Eclipse
1999 The Five Senses Won – Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction
Won – Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
2000 24fps
2001 Touch
2007 Fugitive Pieces


  1. ^ HBO. "Six Feet Under cast and crew". Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  2. ^ HBO. "Jeremy Podeswa on The Pacific". Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Game of Thrones Season 5: What We Know So Far". Watchers on the Wall. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones 67". HBO. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ Jeremy Podeswa Archived 15 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine, "But as he developed his craft, being Jewish wasn’t something he felt he needed to incorporate into television and film projects."
  6. ^ Scott, Alec (September 2007), "The Prodigal Son", Toronto Life, archived from the original on 15 January 2013, retrieved 19 March 2008
  7. ^ a b "Jeremy Podeswa biography and filmography | Jeremy Podeswa movies". Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Jeremy Podeswa" Archived 7 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16 August 2011
  9. ^ Allon, Yoram; Cullen, Del; Patterson, Hannah (2002), Contemporary North American Film Directors, Wallflower Press, p. 425, ISBN 1-903364-52-3
  10. ^ "Jeremy Podeswa". Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  11. ^ "'A feeling of awe' for Toronto-born, Emmy-nominated director Jeremy Podeswa". Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Jeremy Podeswa", Northern Stars, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 28 October 2007, retrieved 15 March 2008

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