Jan Sharp

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Jan Sharp
Born(1946-05-16)16 May 1946
Cobram, Australia
Died24 July 2012(2012-07-24) (aged 66)
Occupation(s)Film producer, director and cinematographer
(m. 1979⁠–⁠2004)

Jan Sharp (16 May 1946 – 24 July 2012) was an Australian film producer, director and cinematographer.


Early life[edit]

Jan Sharp was born on 16 May 1946 in Cobram, Australia.[1][2] She attended Catholic boarding schools in Australia.[1][2] She graduated from the University of Melbourne, where she studied Fine Arts.[1][2]


She started her career at Film Australia and later worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[1][2] She then worked again at Film Australia, this time as an Associate Producer and Director.[1] Later, she had a weekly column in The Australian and a cultural program on Radio Australia.[1] She continued to work as a film producer in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Australian film producer Phillip Noyce from 1979 to 2004.[1] They had one daughter, Lucia, and Sharp had a daughter, Alice, by a previous relationship with the well-known Sydney-based artist and cartoonist Michael Lodge.[1][2] She resided in the former private residence of actress Barbara Stanwyck (1907–1990).[2] She died on 24 July 2012 in Los Angeles, California.[1]


The 39th Telluride Film Festival in 2013 was dedicated to her.[2][3]


As a producer[edit]

As an executive producer[edit]

As a director[edit]

  • Jenny (1978).[1]
  • Damage Control (2008).[1]
  • Beard: Pecking Order (2010).[1]
  • Rick Michele and Scarlett (2010).[1]

As a cinematographer[edit]

  • Damage Control (2008).[1]

As an editor[edit]

  • Damage Control (2008).[1]


External links[edit]

  • Sharp, Jan at The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia