Jack Rath

Jack Rath (Australian / Swiss) was born in Melbourne, studied cinema and music at La Trobe University in Melbourne, before completing a Bachelor of Media Arts in film, video, sound and art-theory at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). During this time he gained production experience in different departments within the film and television industry. After graduating, Jack began working as an editor and was nominated for AFI and an ATOM awards for his work on the BighART film “Hurt”.

In 2000 Jack based himself in Berlin, and while producing his own projects, he has continued editing an array of projects. His short film, “Olli” has screened in over forty international festivals and received several awards and commendations including – Best Foreign Film Fic Mosteles Madrid, Deutsch Filmbewertungsstelle Prädikat “besonders wertvoll” & Short film of the month (German Film Rating Board: Especially Significant Commendation), Special Jury Award – Sleepwalkers International Film Festival, Tallin Estonia.

In 2007 Jack was approached by the German non-profit organization Bewegliche Ziele e.V. in co-operation with Vision Kino – to direct films with young people on “kids make a short film”. The project received a ‘Besondere Kanchenjunga 2007 at the ‘Dieter Baacke Prize’ for media projects aimed at young people and the elderly given out by the German ministry for family. In 2011 the project was one of the winner’s in the German federal government’s ‘Land of Idea’s’ competition.

In 2012 Jack’s feature documentary ‘Between Home: Odyssey of an unusual sea bandit’ produced together with Gunter Hanfgarn premiered at Achtung Berlin and went on to screen at various international festivals. www.betweenhome.com

He also acted a lead role in Frank Havemann and Eric Schefter’s soon to be released film project ‘The Weather House’ and was creative consultant and assembly editor on Eron Sheeans, ‘Errors of the Human Body’.

From 2013 to 2015 Jack was creative director for the ‘Israeli-German youth film project’ trilogy of films with the Deutsches Film Institute, “The Child and Youth Aliyah” in Germany, and the Israeli Education Ministry.

In the past Jack has tutored in editing at the IDFA Academy Summer School in Amsterdam and also has worked with the Australian Film Commission at the Berlin Film Festival, and is a Alumni of the Berlin Talent Campus.

In 2016 Jack will teach and make films with the puppetiers of the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch while continuing development and production on the character driven drama “Down Brother Up” which follows two brothers living with anxiety and mood disorders. Issues surrounding mental health are personalised through their relationship and central to the narrative.