Anne Deveson is a writer, broadcaster and documentary film producer. She chaired the SA Film Corporation from 1984-1987 and was Director of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from 1985-1988. She has produced a number of documentaries on social issues. In 1980 she was awarded the United Nations Gold Citation, Media Peace Prize, and in 1983 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the media.
She has been a member of a number of social justice commissions and enquiries.
Her son Jonathan developed schizophrenia, and the story of his illness is told in her book Tell Me I'm Here. She helped establish the NSW Schizophrenia Fellowship and the national body, Schizophrenia Australia, and in 1991 produced and directed a documentary on schizophrenia, Spinning Out.
'This is the compelling story of Jonathan, a charming teenager who turns into a fearful and tormented young man; it is also the heart-rending story of a mother facing the realisation that her child is going mad. First published in 1991, this book has become a classic, and is as moving and as relevant today as it ever was. This 1998 edition has been updated with a new Foreword from the author detailing the effects this book has had on society, both in Australia and worldwide; a new Afterword which discusses the advances in treatments for schizophrenia and developments in community attitudes and programs for mental illnesses in general; and a new, up-to-date section on Where to Go for Help.' (Publication Summary from revised 1998 edition)