Jasmin Tarasin is an award-winning film director that works across narrative, documentary, art installation and commercial content.
Jasmin’s ability to find intimacy and honesty in her work has been an integral part of her success as a director. Her honest and unaffected approach has brought attention to her work worldwide. Her cinematic style utilises a beautiful yet highly contemporary aesthetic. She was recently listed in the Top 5 directors worldwide for her commercial work on Ad Forum.
This year Jasmin delved into the world of VR in collaboration with musician Jonnine Standish with a large scale installation that premiered at Sydney Festival 2018. Ghost Train, the concept uses an old carnival ride as a blank canvas to experience a filmic journey through the darker sides of the mind. Ghost Train transforms the archetypal amusement park ride, once kitsch and childish, into a thrilling, sensual, psychological experience. Ghost Train was listed as the festival’s hot pick and was sold out throughout the season.
Jasmin’s directorial debut in 2006 – The Closet Tales of Australian Fashion , was a documentary series commissioned by SBS Television and Screen Australia – on the artistic process of Australian fashion designers Akira Isogawa, Lover, Willow and Morrisey. It screened to much acclaim and was a finalist for Best Documentary Series at the ATOM Awards. The Age described the documentary as “a tapestry of beautiful imagery and therein lies the appeal.”
She also directed a one hour documentary for ABC1 entitled Utopia Girls, the history of women’s rights in Australia. Featuring performances by notable actors such as Barry Otto and David Field. This documentary was finalist at the 2012 national ACTAA Awards and the NSW Premier’s History Award.
Jasmin’s large-scale video installation Live (2010) commissioned for Sydney Festival and funded by Film Victoria, featured musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Feist, Warren Ellis, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Little, Gareth Liddiard, Roisin Murphy, Peaches and many more, in raw performances. Jasmin travelled to Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London and Berlin. The Vine wrote that ‘Live succeeds on every level to give an unbridled glimpse into the complex and intriguing art of self expression. This is a really fresh idea executed to perfection.’
Jasmin is also currently working on her first feature film, a screen adaptation of the novel The Burial by Courtney Collins. Working Title ‘ Jessie” being developed with assistance from Screen Australia and Film Victoria, is based on the story of the most wanted woman in Australia in 1921, Jessie Hickman, a female bushranger driven by her passion to be a free woman and live a free life.
She also has created a TV series entitled “ Family Happiness : which has been developed by Screen NSW , She Directs initiative.
Jasmin is a successful commercials and music video director represented by Photoplay Films. She has directed campaigns in Australia, UK and Europe for brands such as Westfield, Carefree, Nestle, Woolworths, Commonwealth Bank, Dove, to name a few. Music Videos for artists Peaches , Gareth Liddiard, Laura Jean, Angie Hart, Augie March and many more.