Christine Jeffs is a New Zealand born film director known for directing the British motion picture Sylvia, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig, and the American independent film Sunshine Cleaning (2009), starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Jeffs is also the director and screenwriter of the New Zealand film Rain (2001). Jeffs lives in Auckland with her partner John Toon, cinematographer of Sunshine Cleaning and her other films.
Christine Jeffs Biography
Christine Jeffs is a famous Film Director, who was born on January 29, 1963 in New Zealand. Christine Jeffs (born 29 January 1963) is a New Zealand-born director, editor, and screenwriter known for directing the New Zealand film Rain (2001), the British motion picture Sylvia (2003), and the American independent film Sunshine Cleaning (2008). Jeffs is also renowned for her work on television commercials. According to Astrologers, Christine Jeffs’s zodiac sign is Aquarius. After the mediocre success of Sylvia, Jeffs’ third feature-length film, Sunshine Cleaning, was released in 2008 and was written by Megan Holley. The film starred Hollywood actresses Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, taking on the roles of two sisters who start a cleaning business specifically for crime-scenes. Alan Arkin also starred in the film as the peculiar father of the two women. Although Sunshine Cleaning was Jeffs’ first comedy, she considers her first film, Stroke “kind of funny.” Much like Sylvia, Jeffs was brought in as a director after the project had already started.
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Career: Jeffs has directed a total of 4 films from 1993–2008, 2 of which she wrote herself. Jeffs began her career by working locally in post-production, most notably as an assistant film editor. Afterwards, Jeffs went on to attend the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, located in Sydney, Australia. Jeffs obtained a diploma in film editing in 1990, after which she held the position of assistant editor on three feature-length films: Ruby and Rata (1990), Crush (1992), and Absent Without Leave (1992).From her work as an assistant editor, Jeffs wrote, directed and edited her first short film Stroke in 1993, which unexpectedly gained attention from film festivals like Cannes and Sundance. Following her success with Stroke, Jeffs began to receive offers to direct commercials, and is now considered as one of New Zealand’s most prominent commercial directors.