Bronte Rose Jovevski, Writer & Director

Freudian Nip, Image by Reuben Ward

Freudian Nip, Image by Reuben Ward

What a gun! Bronte is just the kind of bubbly, hard-working and damn inspiring lady we like around here. She does about a hundred things at once and all glowingly well, not least of which is making us laugh. We couldn't love her more! 

What do you do?

I’m a writer, producer and director working mostly in comedy!

Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?

‘Who yells!?’ works for basically everything. There are very few times in life where yelling is necessary.

What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?

* Last year I went to Palm Springs International ShortFest to screen a short film that I produced and it was just the bloody best. It’s a festival that really values and supports emerging filmmakers, and a week in the desert with so many amazing creative brains gave me both confidence that I had been lacking and the motivation to just go out and keep making.

* When I was 18 I saved up to have my hair balayaged, and I left the salon with an inch of black roots and yellow stripes. In comedy, all I can aspire to produce is something as funny as that haircut. Email me for pics!

* I began experiencing chronic pain a year and a half ago, and while that’s an unpleasant milestone, it’s also a reminder of my resilience. Pain sucks but it drives me to live well in spite of it.

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

I’m in post-production on a very fun project with a female comedy collective called Freudian Nip, a group of comedy angels. We just shot some sketches for ABC’s Fresh Blood program for emerging comedians, they are extremely funny IMHO and will be released later this year.

What is your dream project?

One of my dream film projects is to make an Elvis Presley biopic on the early years he was married to Priscilla (starring Miles Teller as Elvis and Lana Del Rey as Priscilla, because I am a casting genius). I have also always wanted to write a novel!

What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?

Ooh, I’m a speed reader but that just seems like a humble brag. I can also do the splits; that’s a straight-up brag!

What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?

Because I am a garbage person, I watch a lot of reality TV and am particularly enjoying the spoils of this season of Real Housewives of New York. Thank you Bravo and real-life Prince Charming Andy Cohen for providing us with complex female characters!

I listen to podcasts every waking moment. My two favourites are ‘Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown Show’ (again, garbage person) and ‘Ronna and Beverly’. Ronna Glickman and Beverly Ginsberg are two fifty-something Bostonian Jewish women played by very funny ladies Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo. They interview a different celebrity every week featuring lots of hi-jinks and I drive my housemates crazy because I shower listening to shrieking older women.

I read a lot, mostly literary fiction. I just read a novel called ‘The Nest’ by Cynthia D’Aprix that was an absolute doozy. My favourite author is Jasper Fforde and I’m currently re-reading his ‘Thursday Next’ series.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Fresh Blood, Image by Ellen Nilan

Fresh Blood, Image by Ellen Nilan

What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?

The endless discussion on the ‘worth’ of women in the film industry is such a snoozefest. We need meaningful employment, we need diverse representation on and off camera, and in Australia (where our film industry is largely government funded), we need our funding bodies to lead the way in financing female driven stories - beyond piecemeal strategies. We need to see ourselves on screen, and the first step is to hire women and diverse minorities in key creative roles behind the camera.

How can we find our more about your work? 

My website - www.bronterosejovevski.com - and my Instagram is almost entirely non-work related but a lot of fun, @itbeej ya won’t regret it!

Who would you most like to answer these questions next?

My true loves and comedy queens, Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo.

Image by Chelsea Thistlewaite

Image by Chelsea Thistlewaite

Blue Rug, Still Life by Jonas Wood (2014)

Blue Rug, Still Life by Jonas Wood (2014)

What places are important to you?

My best friend since preschool has a beautiful property in the Hunter Valley where I spent a lot of time growing up. Historically, I've offered very little practical assistance as a farmhand and mostly project manage from a hammock. It's a very peaceful and green slice of the world, and when I visit my brain slows down to a more manageable hum.

There’s also a nice grassy hilI near my house that I sit at for important thinking. Unfortunately it looks over a football field so I probably look like a big perv.

What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?

That it’s okay to say no. For the last year I’ve been working like a crazy person because I didn’t recognise that what I thought were one-off opportunities would probably come around again. Don’t take on more than you can handle, you’ll do a shit job and have stress acne as a reminder.

What do you want to be asked about that no one ever asks you?

Would you like me to argue with Optus for you about your phone bill?
 

Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?

I do! As a producer and having worked a lot in the advocacy space for women in the screen industry, I’m very conscious to actively align myself with other women in my field. I prioritise hiring women in key creative and technical roles and am always open to collaboration. I have some excellent female mentors in the industry who are so generous with their knowledge and experience; I’m very grateful for that.

Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?

The best live performance I’ve ever seen was Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s Broadway Show ‘Oh Hello’ in 2016, I was so stoked to be there that I can’t actually remember any of it other than *Spoiler Alert* a giant tuna sandwich monster the width of the stage. It was just released on Netflix, so if you want to emulate my viewing experience, enjoy it with a glass of wine that cost you $22USD!

Ronna and Beverly

Ronna and Beverly

Shan and Kate (2016)

Shan and Kate (2016)