FREE THE BID
Jasmin Tarasin is an award-winning film director who works across narrative, documentary, art installation and commercial content.
In the last year Jasmin has been the driving force and ambassador for Free the Bid Australia. This gender equality initiative for women working in the film industry includes a searchable database of women directors, workshops for emerging female directors and a strong social media presence showcasing women’s work. Since launching a year ago, Free the Bid Australia has 200 Australian Women Directors on its searchable database. Free the Bid now has over 30 production companies and 20 major agencies that use the database to find the right director for each of their projects and have committed to putting one female director in the mix for every project. www.freethebid.com.au
Jasmin is a successful commercial director represented by Photoplay Films. She has directed campaigns in Australia and internationally for brands such as Westfield, Carefree, Nestle, Woolworths, to name a few. She was recently listed in the Top 5 directors worldwide for her commercial work on Ad Forum.
This year Jasmin delved into the world of Virtual Reality in collaboration with musician Jonnine Standish with a large scale installation, Ghost Train, that premiered at Sydney Festival 2018. The concept used an old carnival ride as a blank canvas to experience a filmic journey through the darker sides of the mind. Ghost Train was listed as the festival’s hot pick and was sold out throughout the season. Jasmin’s directorial debut, The Closet Tales of Australian Fashion, was a documentary series commissioned by SBS Television and Screen Australia – on the artistic process of Australian fashion designers. The Age described the documentary as “a tapestry of beautiful imagery and therein lies the appeal”. She also directed a one hour documentary for ABC1 entitled Utopia Girls, the history of women’s rights in Australia, featuring performances by notable actors such as Barry Otto and Alex Schepisi. This documentary was a finalist at the 2012 national ACTAA Awards and the NSW Premier’s History Award. Jasmin’s large-scale video installation Live (2010) commissioned for the Sydney Festival and funded by Film Victoria, featured musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Feist, Warren Ellis, Juliette Lewis, Gareth Liddiard, Peaches and many more, in raw performances. The Vine wrote that ‘Live succeeds on every level to give an unbridled glimpse into the complex and intriguing art of self expression. This is a really fresh idea executed to perfection.’
Jasmin is currently in development on her first feature film, a screen adaptation of the novel The Burial by Courtney Collins, with assistance from Screen Australia and Film Victoria. She is also developing a TV series with Screen NSW entitled Family Happiness.
Her favourite role is mothering her two children Florence 3 and Sonny 7.
The screen industry is rich with progressive initiatives that are shifting inequitable gender ratios but how far have we actually come in terms of smashing inequitable and unsustainable power structures and how far do we need to go? MODERATOR Patrick Abboud, Director/Producer/Presenter PRODUCER Megan Riakos, Writer & Director, President WIFT