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Janet Merewether

Dr Janet Merewether is an award-winning filmmaker, digital media artist, production designer and academic, who has taught at Sydney College of the Arts, Macquarie University, UTS, UWS, and the AFTRS in Sydney. In 2008 she completed a doctoral research degree (DCA) at University of Technology, Sydney on the subject of innovative design and performance in hybrid documentary. Merewether founded Go Girl Productions in 1995 and Screen Culture Pty Limited in 2007 for the production of creative documentaries, films and digital media. 

Merewether has worked in film, video and digital media, directing documentaries, short films, experimental film and digital art, as well as designing feature film title sequences, including The Boys. Her video works include Cheap Blonde (1998), Making out In Japan (1996) and Taking Her for A Spin (1997). Many of Merewether’s short works combine a number of formats including 35mm,16mm, Super 8 film, 1” videotape, Video 8, Betacam SP, Betacam Digital, HD Digital, and include Contemporary Case Studies (2001), Short Before The Movie (2003) and Knitface (2004).

The experimental media work Palermo – History Standing Still (2004) – described by Merewether as “an experimental form of documentary, plays with the idea of 'authenticity' in non-fiction films, and the ways in which the textural qualities of the image and soundtrack, as well as performance, contribute to, and complicate, these readings.” The film, nominated for a number of awards including the Film Critics Circle of Australia, the Australian Film Institute and an ATOM award, won a Dendy Award at the Sydney International Film Festival in 2004. Her recent work is in long form hybrid documentary. Jabe Babe – A Heightened Life (2005) won an IF Award - Best Australian Documentary, 2005, an AFI Award for Best Documentary Directing also 2005, and a Merit Award at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. Maverick Mother was awarded two ATOM Awards for Best Australian Documentary 2008 (General and Human Story categories), and two awards at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008 (Audience Choice and Jury Special Mention).

Birth place
Australia

Lives and works

Australia
Selected works
Selected events
Janet Merewether - HOW, Janet Merewether discusses the making of 'Short Before the Movie' – via Vimeo 
Janet Merewether - WHY, Janet Merewether discusses the making of 'Short Before the Movie' – via Vimeo 
Janet Merewether - Aus Art History, Janet Merewether gives her perspective on Australian media art – via Vimeo 
Janet Merewether - WHO, Janet Merewether discusses her biography – via Vimeo 
– from Cheap Blonde, via d/Archive 
Janet Merewether, Making Out In Japan 1996.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions
Janet Merewether, Making Out In Japan 1996.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions – from Making Out In Japan 
Janet Merewether, excerpt, 'Short before the movie' 2003 – from Short Before The Movie, via Vimeo 
Janet Merewether, Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life, 2005.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions ,
Janet Merewether, Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life, 2005.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions , – from Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life, via i1291.photobucket.com 
Janet Merewether, Maverick Mother, 2007.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions ,
Janet Merewether, Maverick Mother, 2007.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions , – from Maverick Mother, via i1291.photobucket.com 
Janet Merewether, Knit Face, 2004.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions
Janet Merewether, Knit Face, 2004.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions – from Knit-Face 
Janet Merewether, Tourette's Tics, 1994.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions
Janet Merewether, Tourette's Tics, 1994.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions – from Tourette's Tics 
Janet Merewether, Taking Her for a Spin, 1997.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions
Janet Merewether, Taking Her for a Spin, 1997.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions – from Taking Her for a Spin 
Janet Merewether, Dipsomania, 1989.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions
Janet Merewether, Dipsomania, 1989.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions – from Dipsomania