Sarah Shaw has a diverse background in production, from Production Managing ABC TV’s Surfing the Menu to Line Producing Robert Connolly’s political thriller, Balibo. In 2009, she joined forces with Anna McLeish to form an independent, Melbourne-based development and production company specializing in international film and television. Together they produced Justin Kurzel’s 2011 Cannes award-winning Snowtown, Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland’s New Zealand-set Shopping (Sundance, Berlin 2013) and Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan starring Vincent Cassel, which premiered in World Dramatic Competition in Sundance 2015.
Sarah executive produced Justin Kurzel’s Boner McPharlin’s Moll and Ian Meadow’s Defender, both part of The Turning omnibus. She’s also the recipient of an AWGIE award for co-writing A Parachute Falling in Siberia, a short film starring Noni Hazlehurst. A Parachute Falling in Siberia and her previous short film Water, were both nominated for the inaugural AFI award for Best Short Fiction Film.
Recipients of the 2015 Greg Tepper Award for outstanding contribution to their craft, Sarah and Anna are currently in development on Carver’s upcoming slate, including Jed Kurzel’s feature debut Ivan Lendl Never Learnt to Volley and the feature adaptation of Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro. They’re also developing features with VCA graduate Natalie James and acclaimed author of Burial Rites, Hannah Kent. In the TV arena Carver are currently in development on a slate of diverse content, including an animated series for children. Sarah’s also producing a feature documentary, Lister: Adventure Painter with writer/director Eddie Martin (All This Mayhem).