JANE THORBURN studied for her MA in Environmental Media at the Royal College of Art. She is Reader, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of BA (Hons.) Television Production and a member of the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM). As part of the Africa Media Centre she jointly organises the annual African Film Conference and has made several documentaries as part of her research interest in the Nigerian film and video industry.

Jane Thorburn 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 and the Taomina film Festival in Italy. In 1989 The Greatest Show on Earth was the official entry of Channel 4 to the Montreux Television festival. The After Image production The Empress won the Royal Television Society best production design award and a special mention at the prestigious IMZ Opera Screen. Other productions include The Score, a classical music magazine series for BBC2, Camera an opera written specially for television, 2 documentaries for the Discovery Channel, and several performance collaborations commissioned by the Arts Council, Channel 4 and BBC2. Recent work includes documentaries made in Cuba, two documentaries about the Nigerian film and video Industry, The Family Legacy, a drama commissioned by the NHS and Joy, it’s Nina, a mixed genre documentary filmed in the UK and Nigeria.

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