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Jo-anna McGowan – River (virtual)
Producer | River
Jo-anne McGowan was born and raised in WA. She is an Emmy® nominated producer, specialising in documentary and drama based on true-life stories. She has produced two series of ‘Australia in Colour’ for SBS which colourises black and white archival film from the birth of cinema to the 1970s in Australia. In 2017 Jo-anne produced with Jen Peedom the feature documentary MOUNTAIN – which had a sell-out live performance tour nationally. MOUNTAIN as a stand-alone feature documentary was one of the highest-grossing documentaries at the Australian box office ever and has had theatrical releases in the US and the UK and 26 other territories. RIVER is the follow-up film to MOUNTAIN.Jo-anne also produced DAVID STRATTON’S STORIES OF AUSTRALIAN CINEMA a blue-chip arts feature doc and TV series which was invited to Cannes Classics in 2017, the TV series was nominated for an International Emmy in 2018.