Dr. Janet Merewether is a Sydney-based filmmaker, digital media artist and academic. She founded Go Girl Productions in 1995 and Screen Culture Pty Limited in 2007 for the production of creative documentaries and screen based art projects. Janet Merewether was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts degree at the University of Technology Sydney in 2008 on the subject of innovative performance and design in the hybrid documentary. Her award winning short films and videos, including Cheap Blonde, Contemporary Case Studies, Short Before the Movie, Palermo-'history' Standing Still and Knit-Face have screened in numerous festivals internationally, including the New York Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, EMAF, Impakt, VideoBrasil and New Directors/New Films at MoMA New York.
In 2005 Janet completed the 52 minute documentary Jabe Babe - A Heightened Life for SBS Television in Australia, which she wrote, directed and co-produced. This innovative documentary received an AFI Award for Best Directing in a Documentary and was winner of the 2005 ‘IF’ Inside Film Award for Best Australian Documentary, as well as receiving the Merit Award at the TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival in 2006. Jabe Babe toured in Taiwan, Canada and Brazil as part of the Input Public Television festival and was selected for the Sheffield Documentary Festival.
In 2007 she completed the 52 minute documentary, Maverick Mother, which received the Audience Award and Jury Special Mention at the TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008 as well as being awarded Best Australian Documentary (General and Human Story categories) in the 2008 ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards. Maverick Mother screened at numerous festivals including the WFFIS Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, 2009.
Retrospectives of Janet Merewether's films have been screened at the Arsenal Cinema (Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek) Berlin, 2002, the Boston Cinematheque, 2001, and the Women Make Waves Festival Taipei, 2003. Her work is held in collections including the Netherlands Media Art Institute Montevideo Amsterdam, and the European Media Art Festival Experimental Film Workshop.