Shot on the run in 1998, My Name is Jane is built around the biggest deadline a filmmaker could face: the death of its subject. With a history of cancer in her family, musician and cancer sufferer Jane Devine proposed a film to director Amanda Robertshawe: one in which the personable Devine takes us through the process of making peace with her own passing — and the impossible task of preparing a son for life without her. The resulting documentary, surely among our most affecting hours of television, won repeat screenings and international plaudits.
If you’ve never looked into the eyes of death, you’ve never truly looked into the eyes of life. That’s how I think now. There’s this apathy and almost arrogance with life really.– Jane Devine
The Devine family
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Music and lyrics by Jane Devine.
Musicians include Caroline Easther, Nick Bollinger, Alan Norman and the late Mahinarangi Tocker