In 2006 following the UK release of her first feature film, 'Gypo', starring Paul McGann & Pauline McLynn, The Hollywood Reporter stated the film had marked Jan out as “a filmmaker to watch” with Screen International calling her “a very promising new British Talent.”. The film became an internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning film including picking up a British Independent Film Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production. The film was actually made on a micro-budget as a calling card.
The success of the first film lead to working in the same way to make a second micro-budget film, 'Ruby Blue', starring Bob Hoskins and again released in UK cinemas in summer 2008. Already the film is picking up similar accolades to her first film, recently picking up Best Film Award at the London Independent Film Festival and a number of film festival awards for Hoskins performance.
Her micro-budget “trilogy” concludes with her next film, currently in post production, 'The Calling', starring Brenda Blethyn, Susannah York, Rita Tushingham, Amanda Donohoe.
Prior to this, Jan had produced and directed several short films which achieved both critical and financial success, particularly her two comedies, 'Mary’s Date' and 'Joan'.
She has now acquired the film rights to the best selling novel by British novelist Rose Tremain (OBE), 'Sacred Country', she is adapting the screenplay herself and the film will be produced by renowned UK producer, 'Pippa Cross'.
Amongst other film scripts in development, she is co-writing a commissioned feature film comedy with long time collaborator Pauline McLynn and is also writing a high concept action adventure film for development and a continental comedy in the French farce tradition. She is also developing a number of television script ideas.
She serves on the Kent Film Board and served for two terms as an elected board member for Women in Film and Television UK, is a member of BAFTA and Directors UK. Jan originally trained as a classical actress at drama school in London.
Spoken Languages: English