‘Jabe Babe – A Heightened Life’

A short film and media art by Janet Merewether.


Watch the ‘Jabe Babe – A Heightened Life’ official trailer here.




Award winning documentary, including

IF AWARD – Best Australian Documentary 2005

AFI AWARD – Best Documentary Directing 2005

MERIT AWARD – Taiwan Int’l Documentary Fest.



Janet Merewether

Dr Janet Merewether is an award-winning filmmaker, media artist, designer and academic.

Her film, digital art and documentary works produced by Go Girl Productions and Screen Culture include Jabe Babe – A Heightened Life and Maverick Mother, garnering numerous Australian and international prizes including ATOM, IF, AFI and TIDF Awards.

Her films and videos have won awards at the Sydney Film Festival and Videobrasil, have enjoyed retrospectives in Taipei, Berlin, Boston and Australia, as well as being invited to the New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films MoMA, Tampere, Uppsala, EMAF, Impakt, Sheffield Doc/Fest, DOK Leipzig and TIDF.

A graduate of the AFTRS, Merewether completed her doctoral degree at the University of Technology Sydney in 2008 on the subject of innovative hybrid documentary and continues to explore new visual strategies in television, media art and feature documentary. She holds undergraduate degrees from Sydney College of the Arts and the Australian Film Television and Radio School and has over 25 years teaching experience in design and media production in the tertiary sector.

Founded in 1996 by Janet Merewether, Go Girl Productions is dedicated to the production of creative documentary, fiction and digital media works which break new ground in cinema aesthetics. With a background in design, Janet Merewether’s work is visually rich, and designed to challenge audiences as well as providing a stimulating viewing experience.

Janet Merewether also founded the company Screen Culture Pty Limited in 2007 for the production of long form documentary, fiction films and digital media projects.

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Previous Films by Janet Merewether


(Screen Culture, 2007, 52mins, SBS)

At 39, Janet’s biological clock was chiming a deafening ‘tic-toc’. A film about solo motherhood by choice and the contemporary role of the father.

WINNER – Audience Award – TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008
WINNER – Jury Special Mention – TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008
WINNER Best Australian Documentary – General and Human Interest Categories – ATOM Awards 2008
NOMINATION for Best Directing – Documentary – Australian Directors’ Guild Awards
NOMINATION for Best Editing Documentary – Australian Screen Editors’ Awards 2008

‘this documentary comes up trumps..’

(Weekend Australian – Review – Jill Rowbotham)

5 stars – Pick of the Day
‘Historically you couldn’t be a single woman and raise a child. Janet’s story blossoms into a frantic and funny tale challenging the archetypal nuclear family. Fascinating.’

(5 Stars – Pick of the Day – Time Out Sydney – Ellice Mol)

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