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Name Jackie McKimmie
Birth Year 1950
Comments Jackie McKimmie is a Queensland-based writer/director. Her achievements inlcude several successful plays, television dramas and documentaries, feature and short films.

Jackie's screen-writing career began as a student at the West Australian Institute of Technology, from 1970 to 1973. Her first script was for an experimental film made by another student, when a Film and TV course was introduced as a component of their English Degree.

Jackie then moved to Sydney where she took up a position teaching English and Psychology to art students at St George Tech. Some of the students wanted to make Super-8 films as part of the English component, hence Jackie's gradual incorporation of film into her pre-dominantly, literary & drama folio.

Jackie moved to Brisbane where her writing career blossomed in 1980 with a one act play entitled THE KISS. This play was successfully staged many times throughout Australia and was published by Playlab Press. In 1982 she wrote a telemovie, MADNESS FOR TWO under the direction of Hugh Keays-Byrne.

In 1983 she wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed short film, STATIONS, a 22 minute drama, starring Noni Hazlehurst and Tim Burns. This short film won several Australian and International awards -

1) Winner Fiction Section, Greater Union Awards, Sydney Film Festival 1983.
2) Winner Best Short Film, Tyneside Film Festival, UK 1983.
3) Winner Best Film in the Arts, A.T.O.M. Awards 1983.
4) Best Short Fiction, Womens Film Event, Florence, Italy 1984.
Also in 1983, Jackie wrote the play DARING ROMANCE, which had several professional seasons.

In 1985, Jackie wrote and directed her first feature film AUSTRALIAN DREAM, starring Noni Hazlehurst and Graeme Blundell. In 1987, Jackie wrote and directed the children's telemovie TOP ENDERS, which focused on the journey of two children, one black and one white, who head south of Darwin in search of a better world.

As a documentary-maker, Jackie has won a number of awards for her two most highly acclaimed projects, NO PROBLEMS and BREAKING THROUGH (1990). The first centres on an elderly woman's romanticised reminisces of her childhood in Queensland and the second, is a powerful, dramatised account of child abuse.

Jackie's most acclaimed film, WAITING (1991) was screened nationally and nominated for 5 AFI Awards.

She has also completed a documentary on the writer Dorothy Hewett, BON BONS AND ROSES FOR DOROTHY: DOROTHY HEWETT STORY (1994).

Jackie's current interests lie in exploring the forgotten fringes of suburban Brisbane. Meanwhile, she is kept busy assisting emerging filmmakers develop and realise their ideas through her consultancy to the AFC's Indigenous Drama Initiative.

Jackie's future projects include her own script for a feature film called THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD, currently in development with Fox Studios.
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