Jackie and Madeleine
The multi-hyphenates Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami are a directing duo born and raised on New Zealand
JACKIE VAN BEEK
The multi-talented Jackie van Beek, film and television director, writer, and actress, was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. She attended both Onslow College and Victoria University of Wellington. Her career in the industry began in theatre as a devising actor. After writing and directing a collection of short films, she went on to make her first feature film The Inland Road (2017) and then co-directed and co-starred with Madeleine Sami in their feature film, The Breaker Upperers (2018). She co-created the hit NZ TV series Educators (2019) with comedians Jonny Brugh and Jesse Griffin, and directed on Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s television spin offs, Wellington Paranormal (2018) (NZ) and What We Do in the Shadows (2019) (US). Currently, Jackie and Madeleine are working with Aggregate Films on the Netflix Rom-Com, Hope. Jackie, along with Madeleine Sami, was named TimeOut NZ Entertainers of the Year, 2018.
Another multi-talented woman, Madeleine Sami was born and raised in New Zealand where she attended Onehunga High School. She started her career as a teenager in the theatre touring numerous shows and garnering praise across the globe for her virtuosic performances. Madeleine then shifted her acting skills, gaining much experience and attention, from starring in some of New Zealand’s most successful films and television. Madeleine began her directorial debut by creating, writing, and starring in two seasons of TV show Super City (2011-2013) directed by Taika Waititi. Since then, Madeleine has directed two seasons of female driven sketch comedy show Funny Girls (2016-2018). Most recently she co-wrote/directed/starred, with Jackie van Beek, in The Breaker Upperers (2018). Currently, Madeleine and Jackie are working with Aggregate Films on the Netflix Rom-Com, Hope, and a film spinoff of her TV show Super City. Madeleine, along with Jackie, was named TimeOut NZ Entertainers of the Year, 2018.
— ReelHoneyThe Breaker Upperers remains stubbornly intact, largely thanks to the sparkling chemistry between van Beek and Sami.