Feature film in development inspired by the autobiography Fifty Years of Silence by Jan Ruff O'Herne.




a terrified virgin, on the first night          as a WW2 sex slave

an innocent loving bride

        on her wedding night

the perfect housewife, breaking 

        apart after a miscarriage

a grandmother with a 

        secret she mustn’t reveal

Jan is


Jan’s journey from tropical Indonesia,

to post-war England

then suburban Australia,

weaves the patchwork of defining moments

to reveal the woman

behind the intoxicating smile.


Her tenacity,

her horror of war,

then finally her rise to a seemingly

impossible place of forgiveness 

is The Handkerchief.


Currently in development by

Challenger Productions

To be involved in the project or if you have any questions, contact us