Commercial director Jane Eakin has been selected by CJZ to direct an episode of Street Smart, a new comedy series with director Damian Davis as part of the ongoing Australian Directors’ Guild’s Shadow Directing program.
Jane’s previous directing credits includes the award-winning comedy web series Bent. She has also directed a number of short films which have been selected in festivals and distributed around the world.
The Shadow Directing program was created by the ADG with funding from Screen Australia’s Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative to get more women directing Australian TV drama and comedy series and serials over the next two years.
“It’s been wonderful to see the quality of homegrown comedy coming to our screens over the last couple of years. There’s nothing more satisfying than making people laugh. I’m so excited to be a part of CJZ’s new project and look forward to exploring all the facets involved in getting a series of this caliber to air. Many thanks to ADG for making this opportunity possible,” said Jane Eakin.
“We are delighted that we will have one of our talented new comedy directors working on a new show for CJZ. The ADG thanks CJZ for their ongoing support of new directors and for giving Jane this unique opportunity,” said Kingston Anderson, CEO of the Australian Directors’ Guild.
“Bent is a really funny and distinctive series, and we're excited to see Jane bring her comic timing and sensibilities to Street Smart," said Damian Davis, series director and EP of Street Smart.
"There is a wealth of talented women ready to take the next step in their careers and it makes creative and economic sense for companies to get on board the ADG program as a way of accessing this talent. I look forward to seeing where this opportunity takes Jane." Nerida Moore, Screen Australia.
Last year director Darlene Johnson completed the first Shadow Directing opportunity on Channel 7’s Home and Away, and Lucy Gaffy completed a Shadow Directing opportunity on Doctor Doctor. ADG has confirmed further opportunities on several more drama shows which will be announced shortly.