Janet Merewether

State / Territory
New South Wales
Membership Type
Go Girl Productions
Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Designer


  • Cinematographer


  • Documentary
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Dr. Janet Merewether is an award-winning Australian documentary filmmaker, designer, cinematographer, media artist, photographer and academic. Her film, digital art and longform documentary works produced by Go Girl Productions and Screen Culture include ‘Jabe Babe – A Heightened Life’ and ‘Maverick Mother,’ which have won numerous Australian and international prizes including TIDF, ATOM, IF and AFI awards, enjoying retrospectives in Taipei, Berlin and Boston. Her films have screened at the New York Film Festival, MoMA New Directors/ New Films and numerous international festivals. She completed her Doctoral degree at the University of Technology Sydney in 2008 on the subject of innovative hybrid documentary, and continues to explore new directorial and cinematographic strategies in media art and feature documentary. Her first feature documentary, which she produced, directed and shot in the Arctic Circle, ‘Reindeer in my Saami Heart’ has been nominated for two ATOM Awards for Best Documentary – Biography, and Best Indigenous Resource, as well as being nominated for Best Documentary Script at the Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards 2016. ‘Reindeer in my Saami Heart’ had its national premiere and theatrical release at the Palace Cinemas’ Scandinavian Film Festival, and its international premiere at the influential Margaret Mead Film Festival NY in October 2016. The film was in the running for the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award, and has now been selected as a NSW HSC English text from 2019-2023. Janet has been employed as a cinematographer on four long-form commissioned documentaries, in addition to shooting a majority of the digital video scenes in her documentaries ‘Jabe Babe – A Heightened Life’ and ‘Maverick Mother’. For over 10 years she was a film titles and motion graphics designer, animator, and specialist Oxberry rostrum and motion control cinematographer, being employed on a wide range of Australian documentaries, feature films and short films.

Filmography/awards include:

Reindeer in my Saami Heart (70 mins 2016) Writer/Director/Producer/Cinematographer
NOMINATION – Best Documentary Script – Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE awards 2016
NOMINATION - Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award 2016
NOMINATION – Best Australian Documentary - Biography - ATOM awards
NOMINATION – Best Indigenous Media resource - ATOM awards

Maverick Mother (52mins 2007) Writer/Director/Producer/Co-cinematographer
WINNER - Best Australian Documentary – ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Award 2008
WINNER - Best Documentary - Human Interest - ATOM awards 2008
WINNER - PTS Audience Choice Award, TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008
WINNER - Jury Special Mention – Documentary under 60 minutes
TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008
NOMINATION for Best Directing – Documentary – Australian Directors’ Guild Awards
NOMINATION for Best Editing Documentary – Australian Screen Editors’ Awards 2008

Jabe Babe – A Heightened Life (52mins 2005) Writer/Director/Co-Producer/Co-cinematographer
WINNER - AFI Award (Australian Film Institute) for Best Directing in Documentary 2005
WINNER – IF (Inside Film) Discovery Award for Best Australian Documentary 2005
WINNER - Merit Award – Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2006
NOMINATION for FCCA (Film Critics Circle of Australia) Best Documentary 2005
NOMINATION for AFI Award for Outstanding Craft – Production Design 2005
NOMINATION for AFI Award for Best Australian Documentary 2005.

Palermo - 'History' Standing Still (Short film 2004) Wr/Dir/Prod/Cinematographer
WINNER - DENDY AWARD Sydney Film Festival (General Category) 2004
NOMINATION for ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Award (Best Experimental) 2004
NOMINATION for AFI AWARD (Best Editing in a Non-Feature) 2004
NOMINATION for FCCA AWARD (Best Australian Short Film) 2004
Festivals include: New York Film Festival

Production/Set Design – Series 1 – Redesign my Brain ABC TV
Film Titles Design on numerous films including The Boys, City Loop, Two Bob Mermaid

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