Emma Jensen is a screenwriter with 20 years’ experience in the industry in Australia, the UK and USA. After graduating from the Queensland College Of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Film and Television Production, Emma’s career began in the production department of UK company FilmFour before she returned to Australia where she was employed as Development Executive for Working Title Australia and Mushroom Pictures, and worked as a freelance script editor.
Emma segued into writing while living in Los Angeles, and in 2013 wrote the feature film MARY SHELLEY, inspired by the true story of Mary Shelley and her journey to write “Frankenstein”. Optioned by US producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media, the movie was directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour and starred an international cast of Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Maisie Williams and Stephen Dillaine. MARY SHELLEY premiered in the Gala Presentation section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was released worldwide in 2018. The New York Times declared MARY SHELLEY, “a rarity, a literary biopic with an argument” and Variety described it as, “suffused with righteous feminist fire.”
Emma was approached by director/producer Unjoo Moon and producer Rosemary Blight of Goalpost Pictures to write the screenplay for the feature film I AM WOMAN, based on the life of singer and feminist icon Helen Reddy. Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Helen Reddy, Evan Peters as Jeff Wald and Danielle McDonald as rock journalist Lillian Roxon, I AM WOMAN premieres as the Opening Night of Special Presentations at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Emma is currently developing a television series with Goalpost Pictures and writing the feature film LIVING WITH MISS G for producer Lisa Shaunessy’s Arcadia Films. Emma is also a member of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Task Force, which advocates for gender equality within the screen industry.
Emma is represented in Australia by HLA Management and in the US by The Burstein Company.