Jeni Bezuidenhout was born in sunny Pretoria, South Africa. She immigrated to Australia at the age of 15 and continued her bubbling passion for writing and performing. Jeni was accepted into the Ballarat Arts Academy where she completed her Bachelor of Acting in 2012.
Jeni has performed in over a dozen plays and short films, including her first feature film Cat Sick Blues which has taken the festival circuit by storm. Plunge, a short film by Kate Lefoe, screened for two years at festivals around the world. Last year Jeni played the lead in the sell-out season of Altar Girl at Adelaide Fringe in a performance which was described as “incredibly magnetic” (yaniism) and that “at times chills you to the bone, and at other times nearly makes you laugh out loud” (Emma Connell-Doherty, Great Scott).
In 2014 Jeni made her directing debut at Melbourne Fringe Festival with the production Love Triangle, 1919 by Kathryn Goldie. Earlier in the year she directed a small independent new work called The Debt Collector by Harris Smart.
Jeni went on to produce, co-write and act in tiny. big. world. (Until Monstrous Theatre). Directed by Sebastian Bertoli, tiny. big. world. was a confronting new work which tackled issues of depression, self-worth and suicide.
Jeni's Thula Thula had a development reading through Theatre 451 as part of their Elevate program in 2016 and also co-wrote Goblins, which she also performed in as a part of La Mama Theatre's Explorations 2015.
Jeni speaks Afrikaans, works in the Fitness Industry and is based in Melbourne.
Sebastian is an award-winning director and actor. He directs across a variety of genres, and finds himself drawn to work with strong female leads, unconventional characters and stories that shine light into the darker corners of the human psyche.
He holds a 2006 BA (Acting) from Ballarat Arts Academy and a 2017 Masters (Film & Television) from the Victorian College of the Arts. For more than the last decade he has acted professionally worldwide. He is passionate about creating fresh, authentic and original Australian content.
Sebastian has directed almost a dozen films that have screened internationally, including The Happiest Of My Life (2015), which was awarded Best Ozploitation Short Film at the American Grindhouse Film Festival and queer erotic thriller Candy Cravings (2013), which has been embraced by audiences in over two dozen festivals across the US, Europe and India.
The Significance Of Others (2017), his VCA graduate short, was his first foray into the world of improvised film, taking inspiration from the works and techniques used by acclaimed British filmmaker Mike Leigh.
Last year he directed short films #please, shot in a single day on an iPhone 6, and Sad Sad Sad, made as part of the 48 Hour Film Project Melbourne. The latter took home Best Cinematography , Best Makeup, Best Film Runner Up and Audience Choice at the 48HFP Awards. It is currently being submitted to festivals worldwide.