Sarah is a high energy creative producer who enjoys taking on new challenges, producing both live action and animated work. No production too ambitious, she is inspired by films that tell great stories which engage and entertain an audience.
Sarah studied film & photography in Edinburgh followed by a BSc in Media Production (1:1) in Bradford, winning a Royal Television Society award for her work along the way.
Alongside building experience working on factual and factual entertainment programmes, including The X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent, Sarah founded her production company Shoot Productions in 2004, producing documentaries and short films alongside corporate and advertising projects.
Sarah produced This Way Up (dir. Sarah Punshon) in 2008 as part of the UKFC Digital Shorts Scheme. The film premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest. Her next film Enough (dir. Tor Kristoffersen) went on to win multiple international awards, including Encounters’ Depict! Grand Jury Prize and Special Jury Mention at Circuitto Venice. Her second collaboration with Tor, Soul Flowers, competed in Best of British at Encounters in November 2010.
Making the transition from short film to feature films Sarah did a masters degree in Producing at the British National Film and Television School, ranked the top film school in the world – expanding her network of contacts and working with the brightest film talent in the country. While at the NFTS Sarah was mentored by OSCAR, Emmy and BAFTA winning producers. Her animated short Buy Buy Baby (Dir Gervais Merryweather) premiered at Annecy International Animation Festival, and her live action film All Men's Dead was premiered at Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.
Sarah line produced the feature Honeycomb Lodge (director Lesley Manning & producer Myf Hopkins). In 2012 -2013 Sarah produced the feature length drama Think Again! for charity The Blast Project raising awareness about boys being groomed and sexually exploited.
In 2014 Sarah co-produced & line produced Containment, the indie thriller from debut director Neil West, written by David Lemon and received it's UK World Premiere at the East End Film Festival, London in July 2015, and enjoyed a UK theatrical release in September 2015. The film is being distributed by Vision Films.
In 2015 Sarah line produced Ian Bonhote's debut feature film Alleycats the ambitious action thriller filmed on the streets of London, staring Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Jack & The Giant Slayer) and John Hannah (The Mummy, Sliding Doors, Four Weddings and a Funeral). The film was produced by The Fyzz Facility and Elephant Gun Films and is being distributed by Universal Pictures.
Keen to help new talent when she can with her extensive production experience, Sarah has been visiting tutor for the Production Management department at the world leading NFTS twice, overseeing slates of 8 ambitious and highly demanding films throughout production.
Though hailing from Yorkshire in the UK originally, Sarah relocated to Toronto, Canada in April 2016, where she is continuing her career producing, and is currently assembling a slate of films for development and production. She's bringing her UK production experience to the table and keen to expand on her knowledge and experience of Canadian production.
When not working, watching films or reading books, Sarah travels as much as she can, has a penchant for Australian Hip Hop and is a dab hand in the kitchen. She's also a distance runner, hiker and excellent campfire chef with a taste for craft beers.
Sarah is a trustee of The Vale of Pickering Research Trust, which surveys and conducts archaeological excavations around what was Lake Flixton in the Vale of Pickering, including the world famous mesolithic site, Star Carr.
Sarah loves cold and wild places and hopes one day to be able to spend a winter in the Arctic and see the Northern Lights.... so a move to Canada isn't really all that surprising is it?!
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