Jane has a background in journalism and scriptwriting and wrote her Master’s thesis on Italian horror director, Mario Bava. She has a diploma in creative writing and another in scriptwriting, both from the University of Auckland. She has been working in and around the New Zealand screen industry since 1998 and after identifying a lack of writer-based services, established Scriptease in 2000. She now works as an agent, scriptwriter, script developer, director and producer.
She has written or co-written many shorts including three funded through the NZFC – Trust Me (2000), which screened at numerous festivals in NZ and abroad, including the Berlin Film Festival, Hatto (still in development) and Unit 6 (2014), which she also directed and produced; and one funded through NZonAir as part of the K Rd Stories project, Put your hands together please (2015), which she also directed. She produced the short film, The Apple Tree (w/d. Frances Edmond) in the same year. All three shorts have got into numerous overseas festivals. She received CNZ funding to write the feature film The Clock in 2001 (p. Marg Slater), has a horror feature, Swapper, in advanced development (d. Simon Raby), and was commissioned to write the first draft adaptation of the non-fiction book, The Fox Boy (p. Bill Gavin, Cliff Curtis). She is currently writing the final draft of a Western, the first draft of a sci-fi thriller and has plans for a feature-length comedy based on her K Rd short.
Jane has also developed, consulted on or assessed hundreds of shorts and features, has lectured on film theory, given seminars on scriptwriting, edited a number of novels and PhDs and written articles for various magazines both here and abroad. She periodically runs film-making and creative writing programmes through schools. She is also a solo parent to two teenage children.