Jennifer Perrott

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Grace Baxter

Film, TV & Theatre

Jennifer Perrott is an award-winning director for television and film, who moved to the UK to live and work after beginning her career in Australia.  She recently directed episodes of Sally Wainwright’s acclaimed GENTLEMAN JACK (BBC1/HBO), which has attracted BAFTA TV Award nominations for Best Drama and Leading Actress for star Suranne Jones at this year’s event.

Currently, Jennifer is directing forthcoming drama series THE PACT for Little Door/BBC Wales, which she is setting up as lead director.      

Jennifer’s primetime directing debut for UK television was on Jodie Whittaker’s groundbreaking first season of BBC’s DOCTOR WHO, for showrunner Chris Chibnall. Jennifer’s work on episodes ‘Kerblam’ and ‘The Tsuranga Condundrum’ has been widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike.

Jennifer came to international attention with her much hailed 35mm short film THE RAVENS, starring Sarah Snook (Succession, HBO), which Jennifer wrote and directed based on her own family’s experience with PTSD suffered by military servicemen.

THE RAVENS screened at over 70 festivals, winning Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Heartland Film Festival (USA), among many other awards, and earned Jennifer nominations at both the Australian Directors’ Guild and Australian Writers’ Guild Awards. (THE RAVENS’ full list of screenings and festival awards can be found here: http://www.theravens.com.au).

In Australia, Jennifer’s directing credits include long-running dramedy OFFSPRING, Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s NEWTON’S LAW, and SECRET BRIDESMAID’S BUSINESS starring Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). 

Jennifer attended Amsterdam’s prestigious Binger Lab as writer/director with her feature WINTER SUN, also a semi-finalist in the International BlueCat Screenplay competition.

Jennifer began her career as an assistant editor, later graduating from the Directing course at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with a communications degree in film theory.

Growing up on Australia’s wild and remote south-east coast, and later living for a decade in The Netherlands, Monaco, France and now England, has taught Jennifer a love for and fascination with nature and landscape, often a featured signature of her visual work.

 

DOCTOR WHO Episode 5 – The Tsuranga Conundrum

Michael Horgan, The Telegraph

The best episode of the new-look series so far.

 

DOCTOR WHO​ Episode 7 – Kerblam!

Ed Power, The Independent

This is Doctor Who at its finely-teased best….Just what the Doctor ordered.

Morgan Jeffery, Digital Spy

'Kerblam!' remains… a near-perfect package, blending action, scares, and just a dash of satire to great effect.

 

GENTLEMAN JACK

Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian

Gentleman Jack is a true TV marvel – romantic, raw and totally radical.

Ed Cumming, Independent

A confident, smart period drama.

James Poniewozik, The New York Times

[The series] offers an engrossing 19th-century comedy of social mores and upends the heteronormative assumptions of such stories.

Suzi Feay, Financial Times

Gentleman Jack is a sparkling delight.

Carol Midgley, The Times

A powerhouse performance by Jones.

 

Jennifer is also represented by Ben Jacobson, Amanda Burnett, Milorad Dragicevic, Anna Flickinger at UTA in the US.

Television

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THE PACT

2020

Little Door Pictures / BBC Wales

Lead Director, 3 x 60'
Writer: Pete McTighe.
Producer: Catrin Lewis Defis

GENTLEMAN JACK

2018 - 2019

Lookout Point/BBC 1/HBO

Director. 2 x 60'.
Anne Lister returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall.
Writer: Sally Wainwright.
Producer: Phil Collinson.
Executive Producers: Sally Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Laura Lankester (Lookout Point), Ben Irving (BBC 1), Francesca Orsi and Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO).
Starring: Suranne Jones
*Winner of Best Drama Series at the RTS Awards 2020
*Nominated for Best Drama Series, BAFTA TV Awards 2020
*Nominated for Best Leading actress, Suranne Jones, BAFTA TV Awards 2020
*Winner for Best Drama Series: English Language, Rockie Awards 2020
*Nominated for Best English Language Drama Series, C21 Awards
*Shortlisted for Best Long Form Drama, Writers' Guild Awards 2020
*Shortlisted for New Drama at the National Television Awards 2020
*Nominated for Best Actor (Female), Suranne Jones at the RTS Awards 2020

DOCTOR WHO

2017 - 2018

BBC 1

Director, 2 x 60'
Producer: Nikki Wilson.
Executive Producers: Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens.
Jodie Whittaker’s debut series as the Thirteenth Doctor.
*Nominated for Best Drama, National Television Awards, 2019.

NEWTON'S LAW

2016

ABC Drama / Every Cloud Productions

Director, 2 x 60'. Drama.
Producers: Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox, Anna Molyneaux.
Exec Producers: Bret Sleigh, Alastair McKinnon.

OFFSPRING SERIES 4

2013

Southern Star/Channel 10 Australia

Director, 2 x 60'. Drama.
"This may be the Best Offspring episode ever" Sunday Herald Sun.

STACKED

2008

Channel 4

Director, 1 x 30'. Comedy drama, with Karen Gillan.
Writer: Byrony Ive.

ECHO BEACH

2007

Kudos Productions/ ITV

Director, 3 x 30'.
Exec Producer and Creator: Tony Jordan.

THE CHASE

2006

Rollem productions/ BBC

Director, 2 x 60'.
Exec Producer and Creator: Kay Mellor.

HOLLYOAKS

2005

Mersey TV/ Channel 4

Director, 2 x 30'.

DOCTORS

2005

BBC1

Director, 6 x 30'.

HOLLYOAKS

2004

Mersey TV/ Channel 4

Director, 2 x 30'.

Short Films

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THE RAVENS

2017

Iluka Films

Writer and Director.
*Heartland International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative short - and Oscar Accreditation 2018, 2016.
*ADG (Australian Directors Guild) nomination for best direction in a short film, 2017.
*Nomination for Best Un-produced Short Screenplay, Australian Writers' Guild, 2013.
*LA Movie Awards: Best Actress (Sarah Snook, Succession) Best Narrative Short and Best International Film, 2016.
*Sante Fe Independent Film Festival Audience Choice Award, 2016.
*Best Short film 16th Imagineindia International Film Festival, Spain, 2017.
*Best Short Film New Jersey International Film Festival, 2017.
*Rob Knox Film Festival – Best Cinematography in a short film, 2017.
*Pietrasanta International Film Festival – Best Short Film, 2017.
*Worldfest Houston - 50th Annual International Independent Film Festival Gold Remi Award Winner, 2017.
*Best International Short Film Award at the 8th Festival International Short Film Festival Piélagos en Corto, 2017.
*Red Poppy Award for Best Narrative Fiction Veterans Film Festival, 2016.
*Golden Knight Award, Malta 2016.
*Award of Excellence Indiefest Awards, 2016.
*Shorts Mexico - Honorific Mention for best International live action short film, 2016.

THE EXAMPLE

2011

Iluka Films/ Directors UK/ Arri

Director.
*Official selection - Director’s UK & Arri “Challenge Alexa” showcase at London Film Festival, 2011.

FLIGHT

2005

UK Film Council

Digital Short.
* Screened at Cannes Film Festival in Short Film Corner, 2005.
* BRISBANE International Film Festival, 2005.
* Official competition Los Angeles International Film Festival, 2005.
* Official competition PALM SPRINGS International Film Festival, 2005.
* International competition Interfilm Berlin, 2005.
* Official competition Raindance Film Festival, 2005.
* Short Listed for BIFA Award, 2005.
* Winner Best Film Bucharest International Film Festival, 2006.
* Finalist Kinofilm Manchester, 2006 .

TITUS THE GREAT

2001

Short film.
* AFTRS National Tour, 2001.
* Winner Best Film made for children Auburn International Film Festival, 2001.
* Finalist Canberra International Film Festival, 2001.
* Finalist Leeds International Film Festival, 2001.
* Official Competition Flickerfest, 2001.
* 2nd place Best Short Fiction BASC Byron Bay Film Festival, 2002.

SCAR STORIES

2001

Short film.
* Winner Best Documentary BASC Byron Bay Film Festival, 2002.
* Winner Best Documentary Woodford Film Festival, 2002.
* Finalist Kensington Film Festival, 2002.
* Finalist ATOM Awards, 2001.
* Winner Open Category QLD Gold ACS, 2000.
* Nominated Best Original Score AGSC, 2000.
* Finalist Canberra International Film Festival, 2001.

A MATTER OF LIFE

2001

Short film.
* Best Fiction Film BASC Byron Bay Film Festival, 2001.
* Winner Best Actor Sam Worthington Tropfest, 2001.
* Winner Best Director Cairns Wetfest, 2001.
* Finalist St Kilda Film Festival, 2001.
* May/June QANTAS Inflight Entertainment, 2001.
* Finalist Isola Del Cinema Rome, 2001.
* Finalist Canberra International Film Festival, 2001.

BREATHE

2000

Short film.
* Official Competition Bilbao International Film Festival, 2002.
* Winner Best Director Kaleildescope, 2001.
* Winner Best Actor Lindley Joyner KALEIDESCOPE, 2001.
* Winner Best Cinematography FILM ECLECTIC Melbourne, 2001.
* Nominated Best Cinematography in a Non-Feature Film at AFI , 2000.
* Finalist Flickerfest, 2000.
* Winner Best Director Cairns Wetfest, 2001.
* Finalist Canberra International Film Festival, 2001.