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.

Mandisa Haarhof, creator of Crush-hopper, in conversation with Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden, Mandisa Haarhof 2011-09-30 One of my favourite plays at the recent Hilton Arts Festival was the charming and touching Crush-hopper, Mandisa Haarhof’s semi-autobiographical story about coming to terms with her mixed heritage.

Tim Wells in conversation with Janet van Eeden about his role in God of Carnage

Janet van Eeden, Tim Wells 2011-09-29 It’s a brilliant ensemble piece where everyone gives their best performance to recreate a night of hysterical emotions where the God of Carnage is visible not only on the playgrounds.

Independent Publishers: How do they survive?

Janet van Eeden 2011-09-20  Junkets Publisher started as a one-off. In 2005 I had written Rebel Angel, a novel based on the life of the poet John Keats. I didn’t offer it to any of the mainstream publishers because I believed that at that particular time they should be publishing South African material, not books about British poets.

Mike van Graan in conversation with Janet van Eeden on becoming Artscape's Associate Playwright

Mike van Graan, Janet van Eeden 2011-06-30 Press release: “Artscape, one of the most productive theatre centres in the country, has announced an innovative partnership with award-winning playwright Mike van Graan that will see the Artscape Theatre Centre staging at least one of the ...

Mike van Graan in conversation with Janet van Eeden on becoming Artscape's Associate Playwright

Mike van Graan, Janet van Eeden 2011-06-30 Press release: “Artscape, one of the most productive theatre centres in the country, has announced an innovative partnership with award-winning playwright Mike van Graan that will see the Artscape Theatre Centre staging at least one of the ...

Double Negative: When a novel becomes art

Janet van Eeden 2011-06-22

Double Negative: When a novel becomes art

Janet van Eeden 2011-06-22

James Whyle, winner of the PEN/Studzinski Award of 2011, in conversation with Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden 2011-05-25 Review by Janet van Eeden James Whyle’s award-winning short story is quite simply titled “The Story”. The title pre-empts the style of the narrative, which is written with a bald matter-of-factness with a ...
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