I’m Jean, and I make art and films.
As a director, I am known for my experience with children and contributors not used to being on camera, creating supportive environments where everyone feels comfortable delivering their best and most natural performance.
I was a Directors' UK Inspire recipient and was mentored by Claire Oakley 2021-2022. I have recently been shadowing Director Lee Trevor on Coronation Street.
I learnt my craft as Assistant Director for Dream Team for Sky TV, and I have directed award-winning shorts and features, working across content creation for campaigns and education.
In addition, I have worked with mental health and learning disabilities in creative arts and social care settings.
In 2020 I returned to my visual arts practice, and in 2021 was awarded DYCP funding from Arts Council England for ambitious artistic research in photography, sculpture, and digital media.
I live by the sea in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK, with my husband, Sean and dog, Junebug and my legal name is Wendy Jean Campbell Clack.
Where it all started
After experimenting with film during a BA in Art & Related Arts (Chichester Uni, then Bishop Otter College), I started filmmaking.
I moved to London in the late 90s, and worked long hours as an Assistant Director in TV Drama (Dream Team for Sky) and numerous AD and Production roles. Alongside this, I became part of an experimental film collective (Genetic Moo Films). One of the core group of six filmmakers/musicians, we met weekly to make films and became regular contributors to Exploding Cinema and performed at live events across London.
My fine art training and this DIY approach to filmmaking led me to an MA in TV Drama at Goldsmiths College, London.
I moved into community-based film practice in 2006 working on person-centred learning and training with Community Music & Media East, Norwich.
I often worked with at-risk children & adults, making social issues films distributed through schools and the prison service. I gained experience with children and contributors not used to being on camera, creating supportive environments where everyone feels comfortable delivering their best and most natural performance.