About Sarah Spillane

Sarah Spillane is a writer and director, known for Around the Block (2013), This Life (2008), and The Manual (2007).

Sarah grew up in Sydney, Australia before relocating to Los Angeles in 2009. In 2007 Sarah won the Fortissimo Films Award for Emerging Talent and in 2013 Around the Block premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sarah won several awards for Around the Block including an Australian Director’s Guild Award, and the Outstanding Achievement in Direction Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, California in 2014.

Sarah’s short films have screened at International Festivals including Berlin, New York, Clermont, 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 in February 2008 screened at the United Nations in 2009 and premiered on ABC television the same year.

Sarah has directed hours of television for Australia’s National Indigenous Television Network and multiple television commercials in Australia and the USA. Sarah currently has three feature films in development; Abe, True Spirit, The Dog Who Spoke with Gods, as well as a one hour television series.

Sarah is represented by David Boxerbaum (Paradigm), and Larry Becsey (Intellectual Property Group) in the USA, and Dayne Kelly (RGM) in Australia.