Christine Jeffs was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, and has a BA in Sociology and Geography from Massey University. She entered the film industry to work in post-production sound before becoming an assistant editor on many New Zealand documentaries and feature films including Melanie Read's Send a Gorilla, Gaylene Preston's Ruby and Rata, John Laing's Absent Without Leave and Alison Maclean's Crush. In 1990 Jeffs completed a diploma in editing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and began cutting films as well as commercials. Her first short film (as writer, director and editor), Stroke, was screened at many film festivals including Cannes and Sundance. Jeffs then adapted her first feature film, Rain, from Kirsty Gunn's novel of the same name. The film was selected to make its world premiere during the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2001 – where it was received with great acclaim – and went on to screen at numerous other international festivals including Edinburgh, Melbourne, Toronto and Sundance. Jeffs was named one of Daily Variety's ‘10 Directors to Watch’ in 2002.
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