Jones, Laura

Also known as
Jones, Laura (1951-)
Field of activity
Screenwriter
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35444808
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-955166

Biographies

Laura Jones is an Australian film and television scriptwriter. She has a particular talent for literary adaptations, An Angel At My Table and Oscar and Lucinda 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 Cold Comfort (1985) and Everyman for Herself (1986).

Her move into the film industry began in 1986 with her original screenplay High Tide. High Tide 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 An Angel At My Table, 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, The Portrait of a Lady was released. Written by Jones, the film was an adaptation from Henry James' novel of the same title. Set in Europe, The Portrait of a Lady 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 Well. 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 A Thousand Acres was filmed. The film was based on the novel by Jane Smiley of the same name, which itself was an adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear.

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

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

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Selected resources (9)

Australian Women's Register

  1. An Angel At My Table
    Jones, Laura
    [1990]
    Published: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Channel Four Films, Hibiscus Films
  2. The Portrait of a Lady
    Jones, Laura
    [1996]
    Published: Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films
  3. The Oxford Companion to Australian Film
    McFarlane, Brian, Mayer Geoff and Bertrand, Ina
    [1999]
    Published: Oxford University Press
  4. National Film and Sound Archive: The Well (1997)
    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
  5. National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room: Biographical cuttings on Laura Jones, film and television writer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals
    BIOG
  6. National Film and Sound Archive: Oscar and Lucinda, script, sixth draft, 19.7.1996 (1996)
    Script for the feature film Oscar and Lucinda.
    489517
  7. National Film and Sound Archive: Certain Women (1973 - 1977)
    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
  8. National Film and Sound Archive: High Tide (1987)
    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
  9. National Film and Sound Archive: Brick Lane (2007)
    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 (72)

  1. Oscar and Lucinda : the screenplay / Laura Jones
    Jones, Laura
    [ Book : 1998 ]
    At 42 libraries
    Oscar and Lucinda : the screenplay / Laura Jones
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.058)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.058)

  2. An angel at my table : the screenplay, from the three volume autobiography of Janet Frame / Laura Jones
    Jones, Laura, 1951-
    [ Book : 1990 ]
    At 30 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: 10.084)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.084)

  3. The portrait of a lady : screenplay based on the novel by Henry James / Laura Jones
    Jones, Laura
    [ Book : 1994-1997 ]
    At 18 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: 6.885)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.885)

  4. Angela's ashes
    Universal Pictures (Firm)
    [ Video : 1999-2008 ]
    Languages: English;French;German;Dutch, [5 others]
    At 54 libraries
    Angela's ashes
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.638)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.638)

  5. 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 7 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: 5.702)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.702)

  6. An Angel at my table
    Siren Visual Entertainment (Firm)
    [ Video : 1989-2009 ]
    Languages: English;Korean, [1 other]
    At 57 libraries
    An Angel at my table
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.587)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.587)

  7. High tide
    FGH/SJL Production
    [ Video : 1987-2012 ]
    At 43 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.314)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.314)

  8. 30-day body purification : how to cleanse your inner body and experience the joys of toxin-free health / Lewis Harrison with Laura Jones
    Harrison, Lewis
    [ Book : 1995 ]
    At 8 libraries
    30-day body purification : how to cleanse your inner body and experience the joys of toxin-free health / Lewis Harrison with Laura Jones
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.96)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.96)

  9. The Portrait of a lady
    Propaganda Films (Firm)
    [ Video : 1992-2012 ]
    Languages: English;French;Spanish, [2 others]
    At 36 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.812)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.812)

  10. Environmental indicators (Online)
    Jones, Laura
    [ Periodical : 2000-2013 ]
    Possibly online
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.765)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.765)

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Resources about Laura Jones (16)

  1. [Biographical cuttings on Laura Jones, film and television writer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.692)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.692)

  2. Laura Morton papers
    Morton, Laura
    [ Unpublished : 1900 ]
    At WA State Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.346)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.346)

  3. Portrait of a lady
    Jones, Laura
    Storyline
    [ Article : 2012 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.174)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.174)

  4. Jane Campion : interviews / edited by Virginia Wright Wexman
    Campion, Jane
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 27 libraries
    Jane Campion : interviews / edited by Virginia Wright Wexman
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  5. The Portrait of a Lady.(Book Review)(Brief Article)
    Tribune Books (Chicago)
    [ Article : 1997 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.237)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.237)

  6. Behind every director. -Screenwriters, the forgotten people-
    Barlow, Helen
    Australian Society
    [ Article : 1991 ]
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  7. Safe Enough?(Book Review)(Brief Article)
    Canadian Book Review Annual
    [ Article : 2000 ]
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  8. Global Warming.(Book Review)(Brief Article)
    Canadian Book Review Annual
    [ Article : 2001 ]
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  9. Managing Fish: Ten Case Studies from Canada's Pacific Coast.(Book Review)
    Fleming, Michael A
    Canadian Book Review Annual
    [ Article : 2003 ]
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  10. Gillian Armstrong returns to Eden. -Anna Grieve interviews Gillian Armstrong about her latest film, 'High Tide'-
    Armstrong, Gillian
    Cinema Papers
    [ Article : 1987 ]
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  1. Tingle, Laura
    ... Laura Tingle has worked in the federal parliamentary press gallery for nearly twenty years ...
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  2. Levy, Sandra
    ... produced The Well (Lang), a psychological thriller written by Laura Jones. The Well is about two very ...
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  3. Babbage, Benjamin Herschel (1815-1878)
    ... photography’. Babbage married Laura Jones at Bristol on 10 September 1839 and they came to Adelaide in the ...
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  1. Madigan AND Ferris Hutchins to Triggs AND Reade to Campbell AND Reade to Reade and Jones
    Madigan AND Ferris Hutchins to Triggs AND Reade to Campbell AND Reade to Reade and Jones
    Created by mydogseatcarrotsandwatermelons, 7 items.

    This is the family tree of my paternal ancestors, from two transported convicts, Mary Madigan and William Ferris Hutchins.

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  2. ELLEM
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    Created by LynneB, 562 items.

    Descendants of Richard ELLEM convict per "Isabella" 1818 & Charlotte HUXLEY born in the colony to Ann FORBES a First Fleet convict and Thomas HUXLEY aka JONES convict per "Salamander" 1791.

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  3. EI
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    Created by sarahcb21, 13 items.

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  1. Jessie Laura Jones.
    The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW : 1892 - 1954) Friday 25 August 1916 p 2 Article
    ... Jessie Laura Jones. The death occurred on Tuesday night of Jessie Laura, infant daughter of Mr. and ... Mrs. A.Jones, of Cobborah-   street. The funeral took place on Wednesday, the remains being ... 62 words
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  2. LAURA.
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Saturday 23 August 1902 p 10 Article
    ... LAURA. August 21.-A concert was given at the Town Hall last night in aid of the sufferers by the ... 31ount Kembla disaster. The Laura Brass Band played outside the hall before the commencement of the ... 113 words
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  3. LAURA.
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Friday 3 April 1903 p 3 Article
    ... their connection with St. John's Church, Laura. Mr. Jones, in replying, expressed the regret he felt at ... leaving Laura, and thanked the congregation. Mr._ Jones has for some time been manager of the local branch ... 197 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.565)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.565)

  1. The queen's court; in just six year...
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    [ Photograph, Article : 1993 ]
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    Journal of Commerce and Commercial
    [ Photograph, Article : 1992 ]
  1. Indonesia's Batam Island hits the investment spotlight. (Geo-Life Issue)
    Jones-Kelley, Laura
    Site Selection
    [ Map, Article : 1990 ]
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    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 1.11)

  2. Libya's $27 billion watershed project. (column)
    Jones-Kelley, Laura
    Site Selection
    [ Map, Article : 1991 ]
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    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 1.11)

  3. The Phoenix World City project: a $1.5 billion cruise into the future. (Phoenix World City Corp. huilds a massive cruise ship that is at the same time a floating resort and city of the future)
    Jones-Kelley, Laura
    Site Selection
    [ Map, Photograph, Article : 1991 ]
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 1.09)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 1.09)

  1. Golden Stone : the untold life and mysterious death of Brian Jones / Laura Jackson
    Jackson, Laura
    [ Book : 1992-1994 ]
    At 10 libraries
    Golden Stone : the untold life and mysterious death of Brian Jones / Laura Jackson
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.943)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.943)

  2. Good oil / Laura Buzo
    Buzo, Laura
    [ Book, Audio book : 2010-2011 ]
    At 76 libraries
    Good oil / Laura Buzo
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.809)

  3. The Oregon Trail is still alive : the 1995 photographic retracing of the 1853 trail / Ken & Laura Jones
    Jones, Ken, 1925-
    [ Book : 1997 ]
    The Oregon Trail is still alive : the 1995 photographic retracing of the 1853 trail / Ken & Laura Jones
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.39)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.39)

  4. Little house on the prairie / Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams
    Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957
    [ Book, Audio book : 1935-2014 ]
    Languages: English;Persian;Vietnamese;Japanese, [4 others]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 98 libraries
    Little house on the prairie / Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.904)

  1. Good oil / Laura Buzo
    Buzo, Laura
    [ Book, Audio book : 2010-2011 ]
    At 76 libraries
    Good oil / Laura Buzo
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.809)

  2. Brick lane
    Ruby Films (Firm)
    [ Video : 2007-2009 ]
    At 35 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.139)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.139)

  3. Little house on the prairie / Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams
    Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957
    [ Book, Audio book : 1935-2014 ]
    Languages: English;Persian;Vietnamese;Japanese, [4 others]
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    At 98 libraries
    Little house on the prairie / Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams
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  4. On the banks of Plum Creek / Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams
    Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957
    [ Book, Audio book : 1900-2014 ]
    Languages: English;Vietnamese;Indonesian;Thai, [4 others]
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    At 82 libraries
    On the banks of Plum Creek / Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.554)

  1. Website: Moustache magazine
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  2. Website: Art Almanac
    www.art-almanac.com.au
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  3. Website: David Jones
    catalogues.davidjones.com.au
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 0.262)

  1. Diary of Laura Jones Crawford
    Crawford, Laura Jones, b. ca. 1837
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  2. Editor: Laura Roberts. Photographer: Grant Jones. Advisor: Robert E. Crozier. Cover by: Nancy Sylvester
    Northern Arizona University
    [ Unpublished ]
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    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.648)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.648)

  3. Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts / Leo Tolstoy ; translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky with a preface by John Bayley
    Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910
    [ Book, Audio book, Published : 1800-2014 ]
    Languages: English;Russian;Chinese;Arabic, [23 others]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 163 libraries
    Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts / Leo Tolstoy ; translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky with a preface by John Bayley
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.348)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.348)

  1. Anti-racism and social welfare / edited by Michael Lavalette, Laura Penketh, Chris Jones
    [ Conference Proceedings : 1998 ]
    At 17 libraries
    Anti-racism and social welfare / edited by Michael Lavalette, Laura Penketh, Chris Jones
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  2. Laura Jones
    Interview
    [ Article : 1987 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2.713)

  3. Bizzy and Newsy.(Fazil Mihlar and Laura Jones' life as a couple)
    Howatson, Rob
    BC Business
    [ Article : 2004 ]
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  4. Laura & Kyle Jones: New Hampshire representatives/ one of the country's youngest legislators.(Shout OUt/ Keeping Up with the Joneses)
    Branham, Mary
    Capitol Ideas
    [ Article : 2011 ]
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