Big Screen Symposium

Jackie is a New Zealand actor/writer/director with a background in theatre.

As well as making and staging many of her own theatre shows, she has had plays commissioned by Young & Hungry, Silo Theatre and Ohio Northern University. In 2005 she collaborated with Jonny Brugh, Jodie Molloy and Colin Mitchell to create MY BROTHER & I ARE PORNSTARS which played in NZ, Melbourne, the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre.

Jackie moved into filmmaking and has now made seven short films produced in NZ, Australia and the UK, including UPHILL, GO THE DOGS and ONE SHOE SHORT. Her shorts have played at numerous festivals including Berlin, London, Palm Springs and MIFF, have picked up a number of awards in Australasia and are being used as educational resources in Australia, France, Denmark and the UK. Her films have been sold to Australian networks; SBS and NITV as well as German/French broadcaster ZDF/ARTE.

Jackie won SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year in 2013 and was awarded first prize in the 2015 WIFT International Shortcase for her short film UPHILL.

As an actor she is best known for her role as the desperate familiar in Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and the inept producer, Pauline, in TV3s FUNNY GIRLS.  

She is currently in post-production with her first feature film, THE INLAND ROAD, and is preparing to shoot her second feature, THE BREAKER-UPPERERS, with co-writer/director/actor Madeleine Sami.