Jane Austin is a writer, illustrator, producer and digital content maker, who explores her waking dreams through illustration, screenplays, poetry and experimental short films.
Executive Member of Coast on Screen film collective, Austin combines her love of film with her passion for dreaming. She is a member of Dream Network Australia (DNA) and the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and is a graduate of the Assisi Institute’s Jungian Dream Patterning certificate and other dream study.
Her first film was a short doco, 'So happy. Together.', exploring the positive impact of belonging to a group singing harmonies. Her current project is the six-part 'Fable' series, inspired by six profound dreams. Austin premiered 'Liminal' at the MCEVF Festival in New York in 2016 and 'Animus' in 2017. She is currently in pre-production on the third work, 'Mesmeric' and her award winning screenplay, 'Trampoline'.
She has written two screenplays, worked in production roles on a number of films including 'Old Mates', a six-part web series and was producer and floor manager on 'The Litmus Test', an monthly video podcast series. She has also produced a successful play reading, 'Millie's War' and a Short+Sweet festival-winning live performance of 'Liminal'.
Holding a BA in Literature, she is a published poet in Australia and Ireland, holds TESOL teaching qualifications and has worked in the Adult Migrant language teaching sector as a teacher, coordinator, resource developer and curriculum designer.
She has also worked in corporate and marketing communications roles in Education & Training and for two years as a script editor in news and current affairs at ABC, SBS and TCN Channel 9.
She is currently the Academic Manager at NAISDA Dance College, supporting the development of an innovative arts-based curriculum for Indigenous Australian students and began her PhD candidature researching the mind/body healing experienced when using dream material in a creative process in 2020.
Creative Work & Presentations
Fine Art Exhibitions