Jones, Laura (1951-)

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Jones, Laura
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Screenwriter
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Biographies

Laura Jones is an Australian film and television scriptwriter. She has a particular talent for literary adaptations, and being two of her well known efforts. Ms Jones has been the recipient of three Australian Writers' Guild Awards and twice won the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Screen Writing. She won the Australian Film Institute's Byron Kennedy Award in 1997. She has served as a commissioner on the Australian Film Commission.

Laura Jones was born in 1951, daughter of Australian novelist Jessica Anderson. She began her career writing plays for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, these included (1985) and (1986).

Her move into the film industry began in 1986 with her original screenplay was produced by Sandra Levy and directed by Gillian Armstrong. Judy Davis won an Australian Film Industry Award for her performance as the lead character, Lili. Lili is a back up singer for an Elvis impersonator who gets stranded in a small coastal town. While stuck in the town, Lili befriends a teenager girl who is in fact the daughter she left as an infant.

In 1990, she wrote the film script for , adapted from the autobiography of Janet Frame. The film, directed by Jane Campion, narrated the tumultuous life of New Zealander author Janet Frame.

In 1996, was released. Written by Jones, the film was an adaptation from Henry James' novel of the same title. Set in Europe, is the tale of a young American woman who challenged old-world sensibilities in order to find true love.

In 1997, she wrote the psychological thriller, The film is about two very different women who form a tender, yet manipulative, relationship. When one of the women runs over a stranger on the road near their house, a battle of wits between the two women in triggered.

Also in 1997, her third screenplay adaptation was filmed. The film was based on the novel by Jane Smiley of the same name, which itself was an adaptation of Shakespeare's

In 1998, was released. Written by Jones, the film was an adaptation of Peter Carey's award winning novel. In 1999, was released. The film was her adaptation of Frank McCourt's memoir of the same name.

In 2007, Jones wrote the British drama, . The film tells of a young Bangladeshi woman who moves to London for an arranged marriage.

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  • (Person) Moorhouse, Jocelyn (1960 - )

    <p>Jones and Moorhouse worked together on A Thousand Acres.</p>

  • (Person) Levy, Sandra

    <p>Levy was producer on two films written by Laura Jones: The Well and High Tide.</p>

Resources for Laura Jones

Selected resources (10)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Jones, Laura
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. An Angel At My Table
    Jones, Laura
    [New Zealand, Australia, UK]
    Published: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Channel Four Films, Hibiscus Films
  3. The Portrait of a Lady
    Jones, Laura
    [USA and UK]
    Published: Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films
  4. The Oxford Companion to Australian Film
    McFarlane, Brian, Mayer Geoff and Bertrand, Ina
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Oxford University Press
  5. The Well
    [1997]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Feature Film produced by Sandra Levy and written by Laura Jones. The Well is an unusual psychological thriller about two very different women, both with emotionally impoverished past lives who form a tender, manipulative relationship. The world they have created is threatened when one of them runs over a stranger on the road near their isolated house. The accident triggers a battle of wills between them. There is documentation assocaited with the making of the film in the NFSA collection
    334731
  6. Biographical cuttings on Laura Jones, film and television writer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals
    Series: National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room
    BIOG
  7. Oscar and Lucinda, script, sixth draft, 19.7.1996
    [1996]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Script for the feature film Oscar and Lucinda.
    489517
  8. Certain Women
    [1973 - 1977]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Television Series produced by the ABC based on the lives of six women in the Stone family in Sydney during the 1970's. -- General note: Produced by ABC from 1973-77 on videotape in black and white (series one and episodes 1-59 of series two), and in colour (episodes 60-160). Broadcast from 14 February 1973 for Series one, and from 10 October 1973 for Series two. Documentation related to the production of the series is held in the NFSA collection
    424311
  9. High Tide
    [1987]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Feature Film written by Laura Jones. Lili (Judy Davis), a back-up singer for an Elvis Presley imitator and living on the edge of show business, gets stranded in a small, coastal town. She befriends a teenage girl without knowing she is the daughter she left as an infant. General notes: AFI Award: Best actress 1987. There is documentation associated with the film in the NFSA collection.
    49303
  10. Brick Lane
    [2007]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Feature Film written by Laura Jones. British drama. A.young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneem, arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life.
    772298

Resources by Laura Jones (131)

  1. The last days of Chez Nous : &, Two friends / Helen Garner
    Garner, Helen, 1942-
    [ Book, Article : 1992-2016 ]
    At 65 libraries
    The last days of Chez Nous : &, Two friends / Helen Garner
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.817)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.817)

  2. Oscar and Lucinda : the screenplay / Laura Jones
    Jones, Laura
    [ Book, Article : 1998 ]
    At 37 libraries
    Oscar and Lucinda : the screenplay / Laura Jones
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.204)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.204)

  3. An angel at my table : the screenplay, from the three volume autobiography of Janet Frame / Laura Jones
    Jones, Laura, 1951-
    [ Book : 1990 ]
    At 29 libraries
    An angel at my table : the screenplay, from the three volume autobiography of Janet Frame / Laura Jones
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.981)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.981)

  4. Angela's ashes
    Universal Pictures (Firm)
    [ Video : 1999-2008 ]
    Languages: English;French;German;Dutch, [5 others]
    At 56 libraries
    Angela's ashes
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.382)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.382)

  5. The portrait of a lady : screenplay based on the novel by Henry James / Laura Jones
    Jones, Laura
    [ Book : 1994-1997 ]
    At 13 libraries
    The portrait of a lady : screenplay based on the novel by Henry James / Laura Jones
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.239)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.239)

  6. A thousand acres
    Copyright Collection (Library of Congress)
    [ Video : 1997-2013 ]
    At 20 libraries
    A thousand acres
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.04)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.04)

  7. An angel at my table : the scripts of a three-part series for television based on Janet Frame's autobiography / written by Laura Jones ; director: Jane Champion ; script editor : Jan Chapman ; producers : Bridget Ikin, John Maynard
    Jones, Laura, 1951-
    [ Book : 1987-1989 ]
    At UTS Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.843)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.843)

  8. Nothing except ourselves : the harsh times and bold theater of South Africa's Mbongeni Ngema / Laura Jones
    Jones, Laura
    [ Book : 1994 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
    View online
    At 6 libraries
    Nothing except ourselves : the harsh times and bold theater of South Africa's Mbongeni Ngema / Laura Jones
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.738)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.738)

  9. Horses for courses : Menotti episode one - 120601 / by Laura Jones
    Jones, Laura, 1951-
    [ Unpublished : 1980 ]
    At UQ Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.272)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.272)

  10. High tide
    Filmpac Holdings Limited
    [ Video : 1987-2012 ]
    At 43 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.083)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.083)

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  1. LAURA.
    Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 4 October 1902 p 14 Article
    ... LAURA. September 25.— A successful concert in aid of St. John'* Church. Laura, took place in the I ... -iura Town Hall on Wednesday evening. Songs were giwu by Mr*.. Jones the Mijros Stimuan, Hnwkiu?, K. Bishop ... 76 words
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    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Thursday 29 January 1903 p 7 Article
    ... , laura Brass Band; song, Mr. J. Macdowall; duet, Mrs. J. W. Jones and Miss Marta Weste; song, Miss Keif ... LAURA. January 27-On Monday a. muff cricket match was played on the Laura Oval, and in the evening ... 381 words
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    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 22 July 1902 p 7 Article
    ... Laura Institute was given. The chair was occupied by Mr. M. Tusman, tiie president of the institute, and ... . Marrie sang a duet, and Mr. J. W. Jones piayed an overture. ... 65 words
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  1. Riverland : Yvonne Koolmatrie / exhibition curated by Nici Cumpston, Jonathan Jones and Hetti Perkins, with Yvonne Koolmatrie and Genevieve O'Callaghan
    Koolmatrie, Yvonne
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  2. Eastern alpine guide : natural history and conservation of mountain tundra east of the Rockies / written and edited by Mike Jones and Liz Willey ; foreword by Laura Waterman
    Jones, Mike, 1980-
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    Eastern alpine guide : natural history and conservation of mountain tundra east of the Rockies / written and edited by Mike Jones and Liz Willey ; foreword by Laura Waterman
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  3. Indonesia's Batam Island hits the investment spotlight. (Geo-Life Issue)
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  2. Anti-racism and social welfare / edited by Michael Lavalette, Laura Penketh, Chris Jones
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    Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957
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