From 2007-2008, in return for a little cooking and my company, I was invited to live with British author Elizabeth Jane Howard, known to her friends and family as Jane, who died in early 2014 at age of 90. Jane liked to write when other people were also working in the house; the idea was that I would be working on a cookery book. The problem was that Jane was significantly more interesting than my book, so I gave up on that and started filming her instead. I filmed some of our conversations, our walks together in her meadow, and Jane at work. Sometimes we cooked together and I filmed that too. I went on to film Jane on and off for the next 5 years until she died. I have a large archive of footage.
In 2014 I made two short films for an event at Cheltenham Literary Festival organised in celebration of Jane’s life. Her stepson Martin Amis and the writer Artemis Cooper, whose wonderful biography ‘Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence’ will be published in September 2016, took part in the event. One of the films, including extracts from an interview in Jane’s study and meadow, was featured for the duration of a special BBC Online feature in January 2015, following the broadcast of a 3 hour programme on Radio 4 Extra http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wjh11.
I am now looking for funding and collaborators for a full-length documentary portrait of Jane. Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more!