Jocelyn was born in Melbourne and graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1984. She wrote and directed for numerous television shows prior to writing and directing her feature film debut Proof, which starred Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe. Proof had its world premiere in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991.
The film screened at numerous international film festivals, winning many awards including the Sutherland Trophy by the British Film Institute, Critic’s Choice Award at Sao Paulo International Film Festival and Bronze Award at Tokyo International Film Festival.
In 1994 Jocelyn moved to Los Angeles to direct How To Make An America Quilt (1995) which starred Winona Ryder and Anne Bancroft and A Thousand Acres (1997) which starred Michele Pfeiffer, Jessica Lang and Colin Firth.
She works closely with her husband PJ Hogan and was producer on his films Muriel's Wedding, Unconditional Love, Peter Pan and Mental.
Jocelyn directed her first play, Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason, at the Sydney Theatre Company in August 2012.
Her latest film The Dressmaker was adapted from Rosalie Ham’s novel and stars Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugh Weaving and Liam Hemsworth.