Cate Blanchett in Little Fish, photo courtesy of Porchlight Films
Jacquelin Perske has worked extensively in television as a writer and script producer, establishing a career as one of the country’s most formidable story-tellers.
In the last two years, she has written and script produced Seven Types of Ambiguity with Hugo Weaving and Xavier Samuel (Matchbox Pictures/ABC) and Deadline Gallipoli (Matchbox Pictures/Foxtel), starring Sam Worthington and Hugh Dancy. Deadline Gallipoli took home the AWGIE Award for Television Mini Series in 2015, while her episode of Seven Types of Ambiguity, “Alex”, won the 2017 AWGIE Award for Best Television Series or Miniseries.
She is the producer, co-creator and writer of Spirited for Foxtel, which was nominated for an AFI, with the pilot episode earning her the 2012 AWGIE for Best Drama. The second series was also nominated for Best Television Drama at the Australian Academy Awards (AACTA).
Jacquelin has previously worked as producer, co-creator and writer on the acclaimed series Love My Way, which received 14 awards – including an AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Television Series – and 24 nominations. This was the first non-network drama series in Australia to ever receive this level of recognition, and has been a key element in Foxtel’s pursuit of the HBO model of production.
Jacquelin was also part of an international team of writers working on George Lucas’ live action series for television, Star Wars: Underworld and most recently worked on the TNT series Willbased on the early life of William Shakespeare. Her other credits include Big Sky, Raw FM, Fireflies, AFI award-winning The Secret Life of Us, upcoming series The Legend of Monkey.
Jacquelin wrote one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed films of 2005, Little Fish. The film starred Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Martin Henderson and received an astonishing 13 AFI award nominations. Reviews reserved special praise for Jacquelin’s complex, compelling script, consolidating her position as one of the country’s most gifted storytellers.
In 2013, Jacquelin won the prestigious Foxtel Fellowship at the Australian Writers Guild Awards. She is currently in development on a number of projects including The Cry based on best-selling author Helen Fitzgerald’s book.