Janet van Eeden

I’ve written eighteen feature screenplays as well as numerous short films, written and produced six stage plays (and directed two) and taken each one to the Grahamstown Arts Festival, with funding from the National Arts Council.

A full-length feature film I wrote, White Lion, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2009 and was released internationally in February 2010.

Since 2011, I have offered an online Scriptwriting Course which has attracted students from across the world and continues to do so.

I won the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award as a Columnist for The Sunday Independent.

I wrote and produced the short of A Shot at the Big Time. Shot, the Short was filmed in July 2012, directed by Stephen de Villiers, and premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2013. In November 2013 Shot, the short was nominated for an eThekwini Award. It won for Best Cinematography (Luke Pallett, DOP).  In May, 2014, Shot, the short was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner, Metrage.

In 2015, the Writers’ Guild of South Africa nominated three of my stage plays for the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Produced Stage Plays. I was given the Muse Award for A Matter of Time. My stage play, The Space Between, was nominated for a Muse Award in the same category, in March 2017.

I am currently producing A Shot at the Big Time, the feature. I raised R100 000 on Indiegogo.com in January 2016. We received funding from the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission in June 2017 and we will start production of the film in 2018.

I have my Masters in English (cum laude), and graduated with Doctorate  of Philosophy on 7th September, 2017, in English Studies. My thesis was entitled "Beyond the Biopic: An Exploration into the Nature of Biography through the Medium of film". The degree was awarded by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Humanities, Pietermaritzburg.

I am the Head of Post Graduate Studies at AFDA Durban Film & Performance School.

Inter-review with Michelle Edwards, author of the novel, Go away birds

Janet van Eeden, Michelle Edwards Books and writers 2022-02-24

Janet van Eeden interviews Michelle Edwards and also writes: "The novel is page-turningly good. The plot moves swiftly through the first-person voice of Skye, who is that most delicious of literary devices: an unreliable narrator."

Whistleblowing: Athol Williams "in conversation with" Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden Books and writers 2021-11-22

Janet van Eeden: "I tried to interview Athol Williams about his new book of poetry called Whistleblowing, but the timing was never quite right, as he was fearing for his safety. Therefore, I put together comments of my own and quoted from poems from his above publication to create a commentary, and also cited an earlier interview I did with Williams in 2012."

Inter-review with Fiona Snyckers, author of The school gates – light with a bite

Janet van Eeden, Fiona Snyckers Books and writers 2021-11-05

"I wanted to make the point that competitive parenting has become a worldwide phenomenon."

Seen elsewhere: Goodwill and compassion are stronger than the forces of destruction

Janet van Eeden Elders gesien 2021-07-16

"This is what we must hold on to. Goodwill and compassion are stronger than the forces of destruction, whatever the agenda of the agitators is."

Death and the after-parties by Joanne Hichens: an inter-review

Janet van Eeden, Joanne Hichens Books and writers 2021-05-12

"I didn’t set out to be so honest, particularly about my childhood. I was going to write a short grief memoir, but the more I wrote, the more I understood that one’s childhood plays a role in how we grieve, that how we deal with loss as adults is connected to how we face loss as children, and so I went down that road, open to exploring my childhood." 

Walking in the shadow by Carmen Radtke: an inter-review

Janet van Eeden, Carmen Radtke Books and writers 2021-03-11

"The story of Jimmy Kokupe is an unlikely subject for a historical drama, but his character is based on one of a number of men who were sent to the island by the British colony to live out their days in isolation during the early 1900s."

Okay, okay, okay by Finuala Dowling: a book review

Janet van Eeden Books and writers 2021-02-09

"The paragraph above sums up for me the life of a woman writer who has to work while being the mainstay of a family. Even Jane Austen mentioned in her diaries how she wrote her novels in short bursts, hiding her work under a book when others came into the room, trying to find continuity between family interruptions."

Inter-review with Colleen Higgs about her memoir, My mother, my madness

Janet van Eeden, Colleen Higgs Books and writers 2020-11-13

"I think my mother’s death released me; I felt the burden of responsibility lift from me."

Inter-review with Helen Moffett about her novel Charlotte

Janet van Eeden, Helen Moffett Interviews 2020-07-13

"Please could Helen Moffett write the ending to my life story? Listening to Helen’s delightful Charlotte as an audiobook had me weeping in delight as I learned how things turned out in the end for the unobtrusive Charlotte Lucas, one of Elizabeth Bennet’s closest friends in Pride and prejudice."

Inter-review with Lauri Kubuitsile about her book, But deliver us from evil

Janet van Eeden, Lauri Kubuitsile Books and writers 2020-04-24

"This novel is full of the spirit of adventure and the desire for justice, which make for great storytelling."

An interview with Fiona Snyckers

Janet van Eeden, Fiona Snyckers Books and writers 2019-11-15

"Most of my books deal with issues that affect women, and it’s hard to rank these in terms of importance."

Inter-review: Tracey Farren in conversation with Janet van Eeden about The book of Malachi

Janet van Eeden, Tracey Farren Books and writers 2019-10-10

"The writing is visual and visceral, the world created is tangible, and the character of Malachi has expressed his voice with utmost clarity."

Colour me yellow by Thuli Nhlapo: book review

Janet van Eeden Resensies 2018-03-23

"This is a powerful book that has you spellbound, especially as the secrets are revealed towards the end. It reminds you, once again, that knowing your ancestry is all-important for healthy self-actualisation."

A gap in the hedge by Johan Vlok Louw: book review

Janet van Eeden Resensies 2018-02-07

"The characters and the surroundings are drawn with the accuracy of a master painter, as the author’s descriptions evoke the hopelessness echoed in the area and in the lives of its inhabitants."

Big Shot at the Cannes Film Festival

Janet van Eeden, Naomi Meyer 2014-07-02 Janet van Eeden's movie A Shot at the Big Time was screened at the Cannes Short Film Festival in May. She tells Naomi Meyer about the film festival and the experience of a lifetime.