Aussie director Jet Wilkinson: From an orphanage to Hollywood

The Daily Telegraph MEG MASON April 9, 2017 12:00am

From a Vietnamese orphanage to a Sydney suburb to Hollywood, Australian TV director Jet Wilkinson tells Stellar how she made the big time.

FOR a pair of hard-working parents, an accountant and a secretary-turned-housewife from a down-to- earth suburb like Dundas in Sydney’s north-west, to have their teenage daughter announce that she is planning to become a Hollywood director isn’t necessarily welcome news.

“They said, ‘The worst thing you can do is an arts degree,’” laughs Jet Wilkinson, that teenage daughter, now 43. “I ended up doing an arts degree.”

And instead of pursuing their suggested career in teaching, Wilkinson did become a Hollywood director and producer – one of the relatively few Australians to make the notoriously difficult leap from the domestic television industry to the American big leagues.

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