Meet Jade Jackman; the twenty-one year old student, film-maker, activist, journalist and militant feminist who intends to pull down the patriarchy one film at a time. Raven-haired, chaotic and with a penchant for macabre jewellery (think eyeballs popping out of sockets) Jade might look like a normal twenty-one year old girl (ok, a very hot one), but Google Jade and one of the first things you'll discover is a Guardian article about jade and thirty nine other students using bicycle locks to barricade themselves in a central administrative room of LSE university in protest against the 'marketisation of higher education' and zero-hour contracts for staff. Yeah, you're starting to get the idea, Jade's not for turning. While most of our university experience can be boiled down to taking naps in the library, getting off with people we shouldn't have been and queuing for electro-swing nights, we imagine Jade might look back on the experience a little differently. You see the thing with Jade is that her passion for human-rights, equal-rights and education shine through every aspect of her already dumbfounding body of creative work.
At seventeen Jade won her first national essay prize. The scheme, run by the Archbishop of Canterbury aimed to alter readers' perspectives by building a first person narrative that challenged Islamophobia in the UK. She is currently studying for a degree in Law and Anthropology from LSE whilst coincidentally preparing to direct her first ever documentary, which despite being well known for her dysfunctional relationship with her phone, will screen at the BFI and at Eye Want Change - a smartphone film festival. In fact, Jade's one of the founding member of Eye Want Change, a phone-film competition that asks young people age 16-25 to shoot films about society on their phones. Last year films were screened at the House of Vans and our dad crushes Richard E Grant and Nick Broomfield were on the panel. In fact, the lady has been selected to be on Sheffield Documentary Festival’s Youth Jury this summer.
It makes sense that Jade's academic interest in the individual and human agency has informed her forays into film. Jade is particularly concerned with telling the lesser rehearsed stories of women in situations that challenge mainstream female stereotypes. Jade's allegiance to feminism and her political activism converged when she embarked on a trip to Malawi to document the criminal justice system, propelling her to subsequently embark on several prison projects within the UK, with the eventual aim of making a feature length documentary on the UK's prison system. It's not all work though (kinda) Jade is the co-host of a night called Karma Klub, which is a club night where all the proceeds go to a small charity in need of a cash injection. If Jade's roundup makes you feel like getting up of your lazy butt, then good, but take some comfort in the fact that Jade's favourite place to hang is in her bed, preferably with a fluffy little dog. What's next? Well,Jade is shooting and directing a short documentary about Malina Suliman, an Afghani graffiti artist this summer, oh, and then there's finishing that degree. Stay. Tuned.