Laura Jones

Screenwriter
An acclaimed Australian screenwriter, Laura Jones first garnered attention with "High Tide" (1987, directed by Gillian Armstrong), an original and atmospheric character study of a troubled woman who is reunited with the ... Read more »

Filmography

Writer (8)

Brick Lane 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Possession 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Well 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angela's Ashes 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Thousand Acres 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Oscar and Lucinda 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angel At My Table 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Tide 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

An acclaimed Australian screenwriter, Laura Jones first garnered attention with "High Tide" (1987, directed by Gillian Armstrong), an original and atmospheric character study of a troubled woman who is reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption. The writer quickly became noted for her adaptations of novels with strong female characters at the center of the story. While her feminist slant to the material she writes has met with some critical opprobrium (chiefly "The Portrait of a Lady" 1996 and "A Thousand Acres" 1997), in general, Jones has proven to be expert at condensing unwieldy fiction to suit the conventions of film.

Milestones

1997

Adapted the Elizabeth Jolly novel "The Well", helmed by Samantha Lang

1997

Wrote the adaptation of Peter Carey's novel "Oscar and Lucinda", directed by Gillian Armstrong

1997

Penned the screen adaptation of Jane Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "A Thousand Acres", directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse

1996

Reunited with Jane Campion for "The Portrait of a Lady"

1990

Adapted Janet Frame's memoir, "An Angel at My Table" as a three-part miniseries for Australian TV; directed by Jane Campion, the work was released theatrically in an edited form in Europe and the USA

1988

First original screenplay, "High Tide"; also first screen collaboration with director Gillian Armstrong

1978

Penned the teleplay for "Cass", directed by Chris Noonan

1977

Early TV screenwriting credit, the Australian telefilm "Say You Want Me"

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