Jane Rogoyska is a writer and filmmaker. After completing a degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge University she studied film direction at the NSFTV in Leeds and the Polish National Film School in Łódź. She went on to write and direct a series of award-winning short films and has worked extensively making commercials, business, branding and event films. Now focussing mainly on writing, she has written two full-length screenplays, “Taro”, currently in development, and “Ward Six” (with Clive Bradley), both funded by EM-Media/Creative England, as well as a spec script, “The Warmth of the Sun”. Recent script commissions include “Hands of Power”, a screenplay based on the story of Himmler’s personal physiotherapist, Felix Kersten, during World War II, for Galatée Films and Pathé France.
Her first full-length book, “Gerda Taro – Inventing Robert Capa”, was published by Jonathan Cape in October 2013. It is the first English-language biography of the German photojournalist, the partner of legendary photographer Robert Capa, who was killed in the Spanish Civil War at the age of 26. The story inspired Idle Motion’s 2015 theatre production, Shooting with Light, on which Jane served as dramaturge. With the aid of a Wingate Scholarship, Jane is currently working on a series of books about Poland, the first being on the subject of Katyń, the massacre of over 14,000 Polish officers by the Soviet secret police during the Second World War. A grant from the Finzi Trust has also enabled her to begin researching a book about the fate of Polish musicians during World War II.
In 2013-14 Jane was made a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Greenwich University. For the academic year 2014-15 she was seconded by the RLF to make a series of promotional films about the RLF Fellowships. She resumed her post as an RLF teaching Fellow at the Royal College of Music in 2015-16, and is now RLF Fellow for 2016-17 at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London.
Education & training:
MA Modern Languages, Christ’s College, Cambridge University
MA Film Production, Northern School of Film and Television, Leeds (directing)
Tempus scholarship to study at Polish National Film School (PWSFTiTV), Lodz
Participant in Berlin Talent Campus, Berlin Film Festival 2003; MEDIA course European Films Crossing Borders, Berlin 2005; Moonstone Intn’l Screenwriters’ Lab, Halle 2005; MFI advanced screenwriting programme, Greece 2006; Cinemart Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam 2006
Member of selection panel for production and development awards, Malta Film Commission, 2011
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