JENNY WOODS RETIRES FROM FILM FINANCES
Jenny started in the industry in Melbourne, producing TV commercials for Fred Schepisi and Tim Burstall, later working in production on films such as Mad Dog Morgan, The Devil’s Playground and The FJ Holden. In 1997, she took some time out from Film Finances to produce the feature film The Sugar Factory for director Robert Carter.
For 10 years she was the legendary General Manager of the original New South Wales Film Corporation. Jenny’s support for films such as My Brilliant Career, The Night the Prowler, Careful He Might Hear You, The Odd Angry Shot and Newsfront was an important element in their transformation to the screen.
A number of documentary industry stalwarts have paid tribute to Jenny’s work:
Prospero’s Ed Punchard: A true character of the Australian film industry. Clear, direct, forthright, honest, always supportive. We will miss her greatly for her professionalism but also very much for the all fun and humorous evenings we shared at countless conferences. I can’t imagine it will ever be the same without her.
Wildbear’s Veronica Fury said : It was a pleasure to work with Jenny – she always had a passion and deeper understanding of the production we were working on – she got what we were doing! All the best Jenny! You will be missed!
Essential Media’s Chris Hilton: Jenny Woods is one of the greats of the industry… always helpful and supportive on our many productions and only raising alarm bells when it really mattered.
“We will miss Jenny’s immense knowledge of the industry and of our documentary colleagues in particular,” head of Film Finances Australasia Anni Browning said. “We will also miss her sense of humour and her love of cats. She is one of a kind.”
Paula Jensen will be taking over Jenny’s role at Film Finances with Jenny’s support and backup.