Jill Robb – Film Producer, mother, grandmother … friend

Jill Robb, died yesterday of Covid. She will be one of the numbers mentioned in a press conference tomorrow...died with underlying health issues ... know doubt, however, she was one of the most important women in Slim's life. she was a Mother and a Grandmother and on the couple of occasions I met Jill one of the most inspiring women I have ever met.

I find it hard to imagine what life was like for Jill embarking on a career in the Australian Film Industry in those early early days. She and Slim's greatest adventure and achievement is the film "Careful He Might Hear You" it will stand in testament to both of their passion and skill forever, but the greatest gift Jill will leave us is Jill as an example of what is possible. She and Slim went onto work on other films together but the stars aligned for Careful.

We will not forget you Jill X

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  1. Jill would often ask me to move her furniture around, I was a teenager and budding actor, she was the kindest person – she was one of a kind

  2. Jill….what memories of you, and Brenton and, later, Louisa! From Sydney in the 1960s, to Clifton Hill, to sitting opposite you in your Middle Park home for enriching discussion, the latest books, your grandchildren’s essays from Switzerland……Always remembered.

  3. Jill Robb was a legend and a pioneer. A very sad loss. Many of us have a lot to thank Jill for. She quite literally banged her fist on the desk demanding that the FFC finance The Interview. Thanks Jill. She understood the value and necessity of having Writers, Directors and Producers working in the funding bodies.
    RIP Jill.

  4. Ohhh Jill how much I loved when your knees were under my dining table. One was always guaranteed perceptive, witty and far ranging conversation. Others are far better to comment on your professional talents all I can say is “what a gal!”

  5. When I commenced as in-house legal counsel at David Syme & Co in 1982 Jill Robb was one of the first people I met. She headed her own film production unit within the company and she was well-advanced in the development of Careful, He Might Hear You.

    When the film was shooting in Sydney I was fortunate to visit the set. The film’s critical and financial success is a credit to Jill’s passion and commitment, and to the very talented team she engaged for the film.

    I came to know Jill well during the decades which followed and I was always impressed by her energy, enthusiasm, and determination to get things done. I also observed on many occasions her well-justified pride in her daughter Louisa.

    Jill was a trail-blazer in Australian screen production, especially for the many talented women who followed, and I’m very pleased that Film Victoria named an award in her honour during my period as President of the Board.

  6. As a former Director of Film Victoria and a relatively young man I looked to Jill for advice and direction. As a mentor she was always direct and straight to the point. I last met with her when she and Wendy Harmer were commissioned by the ABC to develop their comedy programming. She will be missed. Vale Jill.

  7. As Chairman of Film Victoria in its early days of 1978 & 1979, I very much enjoyed working with Jill and learning from her knowledge of the Australian film and T.V. industry. She was an imaginative and dynamic CEO and contributed so much to the development of the film and T.V. industry – not just in Victoria but through her co-operative efforts with all the other State and Federal bodies at that time.

  8. I had the good fortune to work with Jill at the SAFC and then at the ABC. She was a talented, resourceful force of nature. Our nascent industry was lucky to have her. She was plucky, determined and totally committed to the tasks at hand. I remember with great fondness. RIP.

    1. Hello Malcolm, hope you are well in these crazy times. Your description of Jill is perfect. I will be forever grateful for the privilege of working with her for a number of years. A truly inspirational colleague and friend.

    2. You are so right Malcolm (and Greg and Lorrie and Andrew, Julia and Chris) she was a remarkable person and a true force of nature in the firmament of the modern screen production industry. She was a wonderfully resilient and memorably feisty soul and we should all revere her legacy and her passion.

  9. I had a hate/love relationship with Jill – all from her perspective – I remained pleasantly oblivious to it all. She hated me to start with and then became a massive champion (God knows why) but I remain forever in her debt and grateful for her support. A real driving force in the rebirth of our cinema and a lady to be remembered.

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  10. Thank you Lorrie. It was indeed a magnificent privilege to work with Jill. Put simply she was one of a kind. Unique. Inspirational. A force of nature.

    And a fierce advocate for all branches of the Arts.

    All too often the Australian film and TV industry forgets the most incredible role played by magical women producers and bureaucrats in the resurgence of the industry in the 70s and early 80s.

    To name but a few : Jill Robb, Jenny Woods. Pat Lovell. Margaret Fink. Joan Long. Margaret Kelly. Sue Milliken.

    What a privilege to have worked with all of them and to be inspired by them.

    RIP dear Jill.

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