began filmmaking as a director of short independent film with the Sydney Filmmakers Co-op. In 1970 and she joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a director and producer of drama. During the next two decades, Chapman's reputation as an innovative producer was established with the award-winning television series SWEET AND SOUR and COME IN SPINNER. It was also during this period that her interest in the collaborative process between director, producer and writer was sparked. With the telefeature TWO FRIENDS by Australian novelist Helen Gamer, Chapman invited Jane Campion to direct. TWO FRIENDS screened at Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. It was the beginning of a collaboration with Campion that was to take different forms, including script editing Campion's AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE, and acting as script consultant on THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY.
In 1989, Chapman established her own independent production company, Jan Chapman Productions, and produced her first feature film, THE LAST DAYS OF
CHEZ NOUS, directed by Gillian Armstrong and written by Helen Gamer, which screened In Competition at the Berlin Film Festival in 1992. Chapman then reunited with Campion to produce THE PIANO, which won the Palme D'Or at Cannes in 1993 and three Academy Awards in 1994. In 1993, Chapman was awarded the Producers Guild of America's Nova Award for most promising theatrical motion picture producer. In 1995, Chapman produced the anthology series of six one hour dramas, NAKED - STORIES OF MEN for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Her next production LOVE SERENADE, written and directed by Shirley
Barret, won the Camera D'Or at Cannes in 1996.
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