One of Sarah’s first experiences of the spotlight was being cast as Cinderella in a pantomime… opposite her dad who played an Ugly Sister, which was more than enough to put her off taking centre stage again. Apart from a blip where she studied to be a lawyer (which actually now comes in useful with the legal and business side of her job), Sarah was determined to make a living behind the scenes, as a producer, first in theatre and then moving into film.
After learning a huge amount from producing her first film Black Pond, which earned her a BAFTA nomination in the Outstanding Debut by a British Producer category, Sarah fought to get the film rights to Emma Jane Unsworth’s novel Animals, and was instrumental in everything from getting it financed to casting. She is especially proud that the creative team and over half of the crew were female, and that the film has resonated so strongly with audiences during its release this summer. The biggest highlight of all was premiering Animals at Sundance to critical acclaim, a fantastic culmination of all her hard work.
As well as being eager to meet people through BAFTA’s mentoring scheme, Sarah would especially love to work with some of the other Breakthrough Brits as part of a network, because producing can sometimes be quite a solitary experience and she would love any advice on moving between the disciplines of film and television.