Jeni Thornley is a documentary filmmaker, writer, film valuer and lecturer. She lectures in documentary film, focusing on the history of documentary, changing forms and ethics at UTS (p/t), where she completed her doctorate. Her widely distributed, award winning films include: Island Home Country (2008), To the Other Shore (1996), the co-directed For Love or Money: a history of women and work in Australia (1983) and Maidens (1978). She was a contributing director on Australia Daze (1988). She writes about documentary film regularly, contributing to The Conversation, Metro Magazine, Realtime and her own blog Documentary.
Jeni was a pioneering member of the Sydney Women’s Film Group and Sydney Filmmakers Co-operative where she worked in film distribution, exhibition and wrote for Film News. She worked on many independent films as actress and collaborator, including Film For Discussion, Women and Men Living Together, Woman’s House and Secret Storm. Jeni also worked as a camera assistant at Film Australia and in independent films, including Journey Among Women and Climbers. She was Manager of the Women’s Film Fund and Project Co-ordinator Documentary Development, Australian Film Commission.
Jeni is currently developing an archival project, Memory=Film, based on her Super 8 collection and documentary films. Her earlier films are available online (VOD) at beamafilm.