Janet van Eeden (PhD)
Represented by Julian Friedmann, Literary Agent and Editor, BlakeFriedman Literary Agency, London, UK.
Award-Winning Screenwriter, Playwright, Journalist, Lecturer and Producer
I have written 20 feature-length screenplays as well as numerous short films, written and produced six stage plays (and directed two) and taken each one to the Grahamstown Arts Festival, with funding from the National Arts Council.
A full-length feature film I wrote, White Lion, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2009 and was released internationally in February 2010.
Since 2011, I have offered an online Scriptwriting Course which has attracted students from across the world and continues to do so.
I won the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award as a Columnist for The Sunday Independent.
I wrote and produced the short of A Shot at the Big Time. Shot the Short was filmed in July 2012, directed by Stephen de Villiers, and premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2013. In November 2013 Shot the short was nominated for an eThekwini Award. It won for Best Cinematography (Luke Pallett, DOP). In May, 2014, Shot, the short was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner, Metrage.
In 2015, the Writers’ Guild of South Africa nominated three of my stage plays for the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Produced Stage Plays. I was given the Muse Award for A Matter of Time. My stage play, The Space Between, was nominated for a Muse Award in the same category, in March 2017.
I am currently producing A Shot at the Big Time, the feature. I raised R100 000.00 on Indiegogo.com in January 2016. We received funding from the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission in June 2017 and we will start production of the film in 2018.
I have my Masters in English (Cum Laude), and graduated with Doctorate of Philosophy on 7th September, 2017, in English Studies. My thesis was entitled Beyond the Biopic: An Exploration into the Nature of Biography through the Medium of film. The degree was awarded by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Humanities, Pietermaritzburg.
I am the Head of Post Graduate Studies at AFDA Durban Film & Performance School.