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 with Pitch to Post Ltd, 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. She has participated in several international MEDIA-run workshops (Berlin Talent Campus, Berlin Film Festival 2003; 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) and in 2011 was a member of the selection panel for production and development awards at the Malta Film Commission.
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 who was Robert Capa’s partner, killed in the Spanish Civil War at the age of 26. With the aid of a Wingate Scholarship, Jane has recently completed work on a novel, “Kozłowski”, about a young Polish army doctor whose experiences as a prisoner in a Soviet interrogation camp in Starobelsk, Ukraine, place him at the heart of the notorious 1940 Katyń Massacre. This will be published by Holland House in May 2019. She has recently completed a documentary programme for BBC Radio 4 entitled “Stiil Here” about the Polish refugees who settled in the UK after World War II (tx date 6th August 2018).
Over the past four years Jane has held a post as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Greenwich University (2013-14), the Royal College of Music (2015-16) and the School for Advanced Studies, University of London (2016-17), teaching academic writing to students at all levels. She regularly makes short films for the RLF to publicise their work and has recently completed films about the student experience of working with RLF Fellows and about the history of the RLF. She also co-runs an RLF-funded Year 12 writing skills class at Regent High school in Camden, London.
MA Modern Languages, Christ’s College, Cambridge University (2:1)
MA Film Production, NSFTV, Leeds (directing)
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