Jacquelin Perske has worked extensively in television as a writer, script producer and showrunner. She most recently wrote episode 2 of Fires (ABC/NBCU) which explored stories of those who survived the terrible bushfires in the summer of 2020 in Australia. Fires won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Miniseries or Telefeature, and won the TV Week Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Award for Best Miniseries or Telemovie. Jacquelin is working on the upcoming television adaptation of Heather Morris’ bestselling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz for Sky UK and Synchronicity Films.
Previously, Jacquelin wrote the BBC thriller The Cry based on best-selling author Helen Fitzgerald’s book starring Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Captain America: The First Avenger) and received an Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) nomination for Best Television series.
In the last couple of years, she has written and produced Seven Types of Ambiguity starring Hugo Weaving and Xavier Samuel (ABC/Matchbox Pictures) and Deadline Gallipoli (Foxtel/Matchbox Picture), starring Sam Worthington and Hugh Dancy. Deadline Gallipoli took home the AWGIE for Television Mini Series in 2015, while in 2017, her episode of Seven Types of Ambiguity, “Alex”, was nominated for an AWGIE Award for Best Television Series or Miniseries.
She was the producer, co-creator and writer of Spirited (Foxtel) which was nominated for an AFI, with the pilot episode earning her the 2012 AWGIE for Best Drama. The second series was also nominated for Best Television Drama at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA). She worked as co-creator, writer and producer on the acclaimed series Love My Way, which received 14 awards – including an AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Television Series – and 24 nominations. This was the first non-network drama series in Australia to ever receive this level of recognition, and has been a key element in Foxtel’s pursuit of the HBO model of production. Jacquelin was also part of an international team of writers working on George Lucas’ live action series for television, Star Wars: Underworld and worked on the TNT series Will based on the early life of William Shakespeare. Her other credits include Big Sky, Raw FM, Fireflies, AFI award-winning The Secret Life of Us.
In 2005, Jacquelin wrote one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed films ever, Little Fish. The film starred Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Martin Henderson and received an astonishing 13 AFI Award nominations. Reviews reserved special praise for Jacquelin’s complex, compelling script, consolidating her position as one of the country’s most gifted and in-demand storytellers.
Jacquelin won the prestigious Foxtel Fellowship at the Australian Writers Guild Awards in 2013.
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