Sarah Spillane is a multi-award winning Australian-American director. Sarah grew up in Sydney, Australia, before relocating to Los Angeles in 2009. Sarah has directed multiple television and web commercials in the United States, Australia, and China. Sarah has also written and directed several branded content film and video projects for high profile companies in the US.
In 2013, Sarah’s debut feature film, Around the Block (starring Christina Ricci, and Ruby Rose), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released globally the following year. Sarah won several awards for Around the Block including an Australian Directors Guild award, and Outstanding Achievement in Direction in 2014.
Sarah started her career in television at the BBC in London, working on documentary, true crime, and dramatic reconstruction shows. Sarah recently created, co-wrote, and will direct the original one-hour television crime-drama series Rebel for Prodigy Pictures. Sarah oversaw the adaptation of Rebel into a graphic novel, first published in 2016 and currently in its fifth edition.
Sarah’s films have screened at International Festivals including Toronto, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne. This Life, starring Danny Glover, won Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Women’s Film Festival in 2009. Her documentary The Apology that she wrote and directed about the plight of Indigenous Australians screened at the United Nations in 2009 and premiered on ABC television the same year.
Sarah specializes in female and youth driven material, and emotionally charged performance-driven stories.