OFFICIAL SITE for 'Jabe Babe - A Heightened Life', short film and media art by JANET MEREWETHER
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF GO GIRL
PRODUCTIONS, A SITE DEDICATED TO THE CELEBRATION OF SCREEN CULTURE, INNOVATIVE CINEMA, DOCUMENTARY AND DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN.
"As usual, the curtain raisers are a mixed bag. One exception is Janet Merewether's Contemporary Case Studies...a tartly funny take on sex and romance.. Merewether is the NYFF's latest female discovery from down under, following in the footsteps of Jane Campion and Alison Maclean."
(Amy Taubin, Village Voice - New York Film Festival Review of 'Contemporary Case Studies')
"We were captivated by your film."
(Margaret Mead Film Festival Selection Committee -
Reindeer in my Saami Heart)
"A very important documentary...Your finest work ever..
the audience was totally transfixed by this gem.."
(Audience responses to Reindeer in my Saami Heart)
“Blisteringly inventive and visually out-there, the latest film from acclaimed Sydney film-maker Janet Merewether is nothing if not genre-shattering…."
(Lynden Barber – Director - Sydney Film Festival 2005
Review of Jabe Babe - A Heightened Life)
“Jabe Babe is exemplary, inventive documentary filmmaking, a rich hybrid of imaginative projection and documentary reflection..It’s a great addition to the body of experimental work that Merewether has created over many years, a work to which she brings both her sense of humour and formal inventiveness…”
(Keith Gallasch – ‘Factual Fantasy’ – Realtime - RT 68 Aug/Sept 05 p18)
“Images are embedded in images in a tour de force of directorial imagination..”
(Frances Bonner – Brisbane International Film Festival
Review of Jabe Babe - A Heightened Life)
‘Baroque is the right word for this film...emotional power unleashed by careful, ostensibly casual
crafting by writer-director, cinematographers, composer, editor, and production and post-production designers collaborating seamlessly.’
(Keith Gallasch - Realtime 85 – Onscreen p17)
Review of Maverick Mother
"With a humorous and engaging narrative, the filmmaker tells her very personal story of becoming a single mother. Blending serious moments and comical situations of her life with surrealistic photo-montage episodes, Janet Merewether frequently expands the borders of documentary." (Maverick Mother)
Taiwan International Documentary Festival Jury 2008
(Winner Special Mention and Audience Choice awards)
"Curiously interactive, seductively simple, Janet Merewether's five minute video Cheap Blonde
lures its audience into playing along with no hands-on and not a mouse in sight...This is every abstract gaze theory you've ever heard made wittily and powerfully palpable."
(Virginia Baxter - SFF OnScreen/Realtime#26 1998)
GO GIRL PRODUCTIONS - MEDIA & DISTRIBUTION
Founded in 1996 by Janet Merewether, Go Girl Productions is dedicated to the development and distribution of creative documentary, fiction and digital media works which break new ground in cinema aesthetics. With a background in design, Janet Merewether's work is visually rich, and designed to challenge audiences as well as providing a stimulating viewing experience.
Janet Merewether's films have been selected for many Australian and international festivals, including the New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films MoMA NY, Munich International Film Festival, Tampere Finland, Uppsala Sweden, the Berlin Kinemathek,
Sheffield Int'l Documentary festival and DOK Leipzig.
Her films have been commissioned and acquired by Australian and international broadcasters.
SCREEN CULTURE - PRODUCTION COMPANY
Janet Merewether founded the company Screen Culture Pty Limited in 2007 for the production of long form documentary, fiction films and digital media projects.
Dr Janet Merewether holds undergraduate degrees from Sydney College of the Arts and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, a Doctorate in hybrid documentary from the University of Technology, Sydney and has over 25 years teaching experience in design and media production in the tertiary sector.
Janet Merewether has written, produced and directed numerous award winning films, videos documentaries and animations.
NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD and streaming.
JABE BABE - A HEIGHTENED LIFE
Award winning documentary, including
IF AWARD - Best Australian Documentary 2005
AFI AWARD - Best Documentary Directing 2005
MERIT AWARD - Taiwan Int'l Documentary Fest.
'A tall girl with a tall story, Jabe Babe measures
six foot two inches (188cm), works as a
dominatrix and has a life threatening genetic
condition called Marfan Syndrome.'
Go to Jabe Babe page on this site
Website and sales for the award-winning documentary
MAVERICK MOTHER (2007 52mins)
Website & sales for the award-winning feature documentary
REINDEER IN MY SAAMI HEART (2016 70mins)
Website & sales for the latest feature documentary
O-LYM-PIC - FROM BELMORE TO BUNDESLIGA (2022 85mins)
JANET MEREWETHER SHORT FILM & VIDEO COMPILATIONS 1989-2009:
VOLUME ONE (Short films, video art, animation, music videos):
SHORT BEFORE THE MOVIE
CONTEMPORARY CASE STUDIES
TAKING HER FOR A SPIN
MAKING OUT IN JAPAN
A SQUARE'S SAFARI
A SLICE OF LIFE OR THE CRUMBS OF EXISTENCE
BODY IS DIRT (MUSIC VIDEO)
DIPSOMANIA (MUSIC VIDEO)
VOLUME TWO (Documentaries and trailers, experimental/mock documentary, dance, screen design):
SURPLUS GOVERNMENT ASSET
MAVERICK MOTHER 9min LONG TRAILER
JABE BABE - A HEIGHTENED LIFE 9min LONG TRAILER
PALERMO - 'HISTORY' STANDING STILL
RUE CLAVEL / PINK STREET
SCREEN DESIGN & MOTION GRAPHICS SHOWREEL
Janet has also specialised in designing
MOTION GRAPHICS AND FILM TITLES
for features, documentaries and short films
Several of her film and documentary titles are featured on:
AUSTRALIAN SCREEN ONLINE
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