JANE THORBURN. Director and Editor of Arts, Music and Entertainment short films and TV series. Jane studied for her MA in Environmental Media at the Royal College of Art. She was previously a Reader and Principal Lecturer in Television Production at the University of Westminster.

Jane co-founded the facilities and production company After Image in 1979, directing, editing and series editing the majority of the company’s productions. An early success was the arts magazine programme ALTER IMAGE which ran for three series on Channel 4. The programmes established an important reputation for quality and innovation and received a number of international awards as well as having seasons devoted to the company’s work at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Taormina film Festival in Italy and a TV special in the USA series Alive From Off Centre

In 1989 Jane directed The Greatest Show on Earth which was chosen by Channel 4 as their official entry to the Montreux Rose d'Or Television festival. The After Image television opera The Empress won the Royal Television Society best production design award and a special mention by the prestigious IMZ Opera Screen. Other productions include The Score, a classical music magazine series for BBC2, Camera an opera written specially for television, The Dazzling Image arts series for Channel 4 as well as documentaries filmed in Nigeria and shown on the Discovery Channel. Jane conceived and directed several dance and music performance collaborations commissioned by the Arts Council, Channel 4 and BBC2. Short films directed and filmed by Jane include two documentaries made in Cuba, two documentaries about the Nigerian film and video Industry, The Family Legacy a drama commissioned by the NHS, Joy, it’s Nina a mixed genre documentary filmed in the UK and Nigeria and Freud's Lost Lecture written by Deborah Levy.

In 2023 Jane completed two short films: Drawing Breath made in collaboration with the artist Jo Lewis and Psyche Abandoned, a mixed fact and fiction film that links the myth that inspired a sculpture of the same name to the history of the Crystal Palace.

A more complete list of programmes can be found in the Television & Movies section


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