Jeff Bowen

Jeff Bowen

Screenwriter and director in Melbourne, Australia

About Jeff

OK a little about me.

I was born near Liverpool in England before a man had landed on the moon. As a youth my claim to fame was that my mum was Paul McCartney’s brothers cleaner. I developed my love of cinema by sneaking in through the fire escape of the Plaza Cinema, hiding in the dark and watching all manner of inappropriate (but wonderful films). Realized that real people, rather than mythical figures, make films when during my lunch break from a holiday job I walked down to our local sports center and watched some of the filming of “Chariots of Fire”. Studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London then worked, initially in theatre then film and TV in England. Worked with some amazing people on fantastic projects such as “Prime Suspect” and “Sherlock Holmes” for Granada TV and features with Ken Loach, Terrence Davies and Ian Softley. My wife and I then decided that we both needed to take some time out / together and went travelling with our son for a year. While in Australia I was asked if I would be interested in doing a film and before we knew it we had been living in Melbourne for nearly 20 yrs during which I had the pleasure (yet again) of working with an amazing group of people on some fantastic projects. A few years ago my wife was offered a position through the Australian Government as an advisor to the Palauan Minister of Health, so we moved to a tropical paradise in the middle of the Pacific (well someone has to) where I am, when not writing, setting up on a voluntary basis, a media unit for the Ministry with funds provided by the Australian Government so that they can produce their own health promotion films. We are currently scheduled to remain in Palau until June 2015 at which time with a fully charged set of batteries and projects in development it shall be .....Once more into the breach.

Name: Jeff Bowen

Lives in: Melbourne, Australia

Occupation: Screenwriter and Director


  • Infinite Shades of Grey

    Infinite Shades of Grey (2011)
    Film (Drama) Writer This feature length drama provides a snap shot into the lives of a group of recreational drug users living in Melbourne, Australia. The group use a variety of drugs, in particular amphetamine-type stimulants methamphetamine, MDMA and cocaine in a range of situations. The film is designed to appeal to a broad audience; depicting situations that may be familiar to recreational users while avoiding the demonisation of drug use. The content of the film is specifically relevant to those who are ambivalent about their drug use. The story highlights some of the perceived positive and not so positive things associated with their drug use whilst subtly delivering a number of key harm reduction messages. Written by Anonymous

  • Academy

    Academy (2007)
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  • Irresistible

    Irresistible (2006)
    Film (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Location management Sophie Hartley is convinced that she is being stalked. She becomes increasingly certain that her husband's beautiful co-worker, Mara, wants her children, her husband and her life. But no one believes Sophie. Forced to prove her sanity, Sophie grows increasingly paranoid - but is she imagining things? Sophie becomes completely caught up in her obsession, turning stalker herself - and makes a discovery more frightening than her worst fear. Written by InTandem Films

  • Mallboy

    Mallboy (2001)
    Film (Drama) Location management The world of 14 year old Shaun revolves around his broken family home, and a group of truant friends who inhabit Melbourne's northern suburb shopping centres. As he tries to make the transition into adulthood, the audience is forced to view the world through the eyes of one whom society is reluctant to accept. Written by Benjamin Sharp <>

  • Dogwoman: A Grrrl's Best Friend

    Dogwoman: A Grrrl's Best Friend (2000)
    TV Movie (Drama) Location management An eco-bomber is terrorising the city. Margaret O'Halloran and Kelty are called in to assist only to discover that the bomber could be Margaret's idealistic younger cousin.

  • SeaChange

    SeaChange (2000)
    Television (Comedy and Drama) Location management When a corporate lawyer's professional and personal lives crumble she leaves the city with her children to live in a small seaside town and becomes a local judge. Written by Anonymous

  • Stingers

    Stingers (1998 - 1999)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Location management Stingers reveals the shadowy and ambiguous world of undercover cops - people with covert lives and constantly changing identities. They are the police who defeat crime from within the criminal world.

  • Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude

    Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude (1999)
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  • Halifax f.p.

    Halifax f.p. (1997 - 1998)
    Television (Crime) Location management Doctor Jane Halifax, a forensic psychiatrist investigating cases involving the mental state of suspects or victims. As Jane delves deep into the dark side of the human mind, she has her own demons to face. Retained by the police and the legal profession, Jane lives in a world of lies and shadows where the truth is never what it seems.

  • Raw FM

    Raw FM (1997 - 1998)
    Television (Drama) Location management Created by 3 young people, an Australian radio station, RAW FM, provides a voice for a large and incredibly diverse group of teenagers often, ignored by mainstream media. RAW FM not only offers them something totally different from anything they've ever heard on the airwaves before, but also the chance to participate. And RAW FM lives up to its name. It's loud, anarchic, energetic, spontaneous. It's totally raw. Or it is in the beginning. RAW takes off so much that it starts to take over. It gets BIG. And with this success comes the price. Can RAW be the hottest thing on the radio dial while still being the coolest? Written by Nicolas Lemieux <>

  • True Love and Chaos

    True Love and Chaos (1997)
    Film (Drama) Location management Hanif and Dean steal a cache of drugs from Dean's psychotic brother Jerry, and at the last minute get a lift with Mimi as she decides to drive to Perth. They pick up a drunken singer, Morris, as they cross the country, chased by Jerry. Written by Simon Bastin

  • Good Guys Bad Guys

    Good Guys Bad Guys (1997)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Location management Elvis Maginnis was born into a criminal family but decided to join the police service. Having left the police he now owns a dry cleaning business essentially run by Stella. The another staff member is Rueben, a young man suffering Tourettes. Set in Melbourne Elvis is constantly dragged into the underworld's grey world with police and criminals. People aren't always what they seem! Written by Lyle Nash

  • Band of Gold

    Band of Gold (1995 - 1996)
    Television (Crime and Drama) Location management Working the lane amongst prostitutes, ponce's, punters and police is a very dangerous profession. Gina Dickson, a young mother in Yorkshire, is forced into prostitution to pay off her debts. Carol is a single mother who mental state is unbalanced and her time on the lane may lead her to self destruction. Rose runs the lane but she's losing her touch. Tracey is a young runaway that is hooked on drugs and is looking for love that she never got at home. Anita is a naive women looking for companionship, whether it be with a married man or with her friends. When, despite Carol's warnings, Gina discovers the worst that can happen to a woman who works the lane, Carol and her friends decide to pack it in, go legit, and form a business that will get back at the loan shark. The move from the lane to legit entangles the women in a dangerous game as their lives on the lane continues to haunt them. Written by Shaq

  • The Vet

    The Vet (1995 - 1996)
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  • Medics

    Medics (1995)
    Television (Drama) Location management The everyday lives and loves, trials and tribulations of the doctors, nurses, patients and administrative staff of a large teaching hospital in the north-west of England near the city of Manchester. Written by Mark Smith <>

  • Land and Freedom

    Land and Freedom (1995)
    Film (Drama and War) Location management Summer 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista). After being wounded he goes to Barcelona, where he decides to join another group of fighters. They remain in Barcelona and end up fighting other anti-fascist groups. David is disappointed and decides to go back to his old band. Written by Walter de Rijk <>

  • Blood on the Dole

    Blood on the Dole (1994)
    TV Movie (Drama) Location management Blood on the Dole follows four teenagers struggling with life after leaving school in a deprived area of Merseyside.

  • Backbeat

    Backbeat (1994)
    Film (Biography, Drama, Music and Romance) Location management A pre-fame Beatles head for the seedy clubs of Hamburg in search of success. The band meet up with a group of trendy German beatniks, one of whom (Astrid Kircherr) bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe falls in love with. Whilst best friend John Lennon can only watch, Sutcliffe has to choose between rock 'n roll and a new life in Germany... Written by Douglas Baptie

  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Production manager Holmes, his friend Watson (or his brother Mycroft) work to solve the mysteries of The Three Gables, The Dying Detective, The Golden Pince-Nez, The Red Circle, The Mazarin Stone, and The Cardboard Box. Written by Kathy Li

  • Prime Suspect 3

    Prime Suspect 3 (1993)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Location management Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison moves to a new district and is put in charge of a vice investigation instead of homicide. But soon a homicide case impinges on her new job when a very young male prostitute is murdered in the apartment of Vera Reynolds, a female impersonator. Soon Jane is on the trail of the boy's brutal young pimp (played by David Thewlis). But her investigation is complicated by the Old Boy's Network, which is spying on her and is more concerned with preventing scandal than bringing the villain to justice. Written by Reid Gagle

  • Raining Stones

    Raining Stones (1993)
    Film (Drama and Comedy) Location management This Ken Loach film tells the story of a man devoted to his family and his religion. Proud, though poor, Bob wants his little girl to have a beautiful (and costly) brand-new dress for her First Communion. His stubbornness and determination get him into trouble as he turns to more and more questionable measures, in his desperation to raise the needed money. This tragic flaw leads him to risk all that he loves and values, his beloved family, indeed even his immortal soul and salvation, in blind pursuit of that goal. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

  • Angels

    Angels (1992)
    TV Movie Location management Three guardian angels help three souls evaluate their past lives.

  • The Long Day Closes

    The Long Day Closes (1992)
    Film (Biography and Drama) Location management The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old "Bud." A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the center of attention both from the camera's angle and from his doting family. With a gray background, the film fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud's dreary childhood and brings it to life with an elegance Bach would bring to your home movies. The overall effect is a montage of memory which seems to ignite flashes of recognition in the viewer. Written by Mark Fleetwood <>

  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

    The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1992)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Location management Sherlock Holmes and his intrepid companion, Dr. Watson solve the mysteries of the disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, the Boscombe Valley, an illustrious client, and a creeping man. Written by Kathy Li

  • This Boy's Story

    This Boy's Story (1992)
    Film 1st Assistant Director In 1968 a woman with two young boys leaves her husband and moves to the north west of England. Her oldest sneaks out to travel to Liverpool to see George Best play, his younger brother tags along.

  • G.B.H.

    G.B.H. (1991)
    Television (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the paths of these two men cross, things are destined never to be the same again. Written by Anonymous


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