Jan SardiScreenwriter

Jan Sardi is one of Australia’s eminent screenwriters, having received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay for Shine, as well as  BAFTA, Writers Guild of America and Golden Globes nominations. He has won numerous other awards for his work in film and television. He adapted the hit films The Notebook and Mao’s Last Dancer for the screen, as well as the highly acclaimed mini-series The Secret River (co-written with Mac Gudgeon) based on the Booker Prize short-listed novel by Kate Grenville. It starred, Sarah Snook, Oliver Jackson Cohen and Tim Minchin.

Jan’s other credits include Love’s Brother, an award winning Australian/UK co-production, which he also directed. It won Best Film and Best Director at the Houston International Film Festival, and the Grand Prize at the Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis.

Jan currently has several projects in development, including a feature for Roadshow Films and producer/director Robert Connolly.

Jan is a member of the US Academy of Motion Picture (AMPAS/OSCARS). He has previously served on the Board of Film Victoria and is a former President of the Australian Writers’ Guild. In 2016, Film Victoria established an annual award for screenwriters – The Jan Sardi Award for Achievement in Screenwriting.

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