Jen Peedom is a BAFTA nominated director, well-known for her gripping, intimate portraits of people in extreme circumstances. Her credits include the internationally renowned documentaries LIVING THE END, SOLO, SHERPA and most recently, MOUNTAIN.
Her feature documentary SHERPA, produced by Bridget Ikin (Look Both Ways, An Angel at My Table) and John Smithson (Touching the Void, 127 Hours), premiered at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival as the only documentary selected for the Official Competition, before a successful run on the international festival circuit, including Telluride, Toronto, London Film Film festivals. SHERPA was a commercial and critical success, winning multiple awards including the prestigious Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival and receiving a BAFTA nomination in 2016. It became the 3rd highest grossing Australian documentary in history.
In 2010, Jen was the inaugural recipient of the David & Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship which recognizes and rewards creative ambition, intellectual rigour and innovation in documentary cinema.
Her filmmaking career began as a participant in the popular Australian ABC filmmaking series ‘Race Around Oz’. Combining her business background (BA Business Hons, RMIT) with filmmaking, she became the General Manager and producer of the Inside Film (IF) Awards for IF Media. Subsequently, she became Managing Director of the organisation and publisher of the film industry publication, Inside Film Magazine. In 2003, she was awarded NSW Young Business Woman of the year in 2003.
In 2006, she gave up her day job and launched into filmmaking as a full-time career. She is fluent in Spanish, having lived and worked in Panama, and later, winning a university scholarship to undertake part of her business degree at the Universidad Del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jen has recently completed MOUNTAIN, a cinematic and musical collaboration with the world renown Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and British writer, Robert Macfarlane. It is narrated by Willem Dafoe. The film premiered at the Sydney Opera House, as part of VIVID and the Sydney Film Festival with live accompaniment by the ACO. The international festival tour to date includes San Sebastian, Bergen, London, Hamptons and Busan International Film Festivals. It will release in cinemas internationally in December 2017. In Australia, the film is now the highest grossing (non-IMAX) Australian documentary of all time, with over $1.9m at the domestic box office.
Jen runs Stranger Than Fiction Films, a boutique Australian production company, with producing partner Jo-anne McGowan.
She is represented by Bec Smith at United Talent Agency and Jungle for her commercial work.