Sarah Walker

Writer/Director

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I AM ELIZABETH SMART Director Sarah Walker

Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Ceci Mazzarella

Film, TV & Theatre

Sarah Walker was a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2014 and was chosen for BAFTA Elevate in 2017. She is a writer/director currently developing two feature films (NEW YEAR’S KISS and BEAUTIFUL MONSTER), two TV shows (SUMMER BLUES and YOUNGBLOOD), and a web series aimed at championing marginalised voices (CREEPERS) through her production company Underdog Productions, which is dedicated to telling stories with female leads.

Her directing credits include numerous high profile TV shows and features, most recently A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES (Sky One/Bad Wolf) and I AM ELIZABETH SMART (Lifetime USA), which was nominated for Best TV Movie and Best Actress by The Critic’s Choice Awards 2018. Her previous credits include DATES (Channel 4), WOLFBLOOD and THE CRASH (BBC), which was nominated for Best TV Drama by BAFTA 2013.

Sarah began her career as an independent filmmaker, she was showrunner on BBC teen drama THE CUT and nominated three years in a row by Broadcast Magazine in the 'Best Young Writer' and 'Best Young Director' categories respectively for her short films 420 SECONDS OF LOVE (2002), ALMOST STRANGERS (2003) and SOUL BOY (2004). She is represented by United Agents (UK) and WME (USA).

She is co-represented in the US by WME, Melissa Myers for TV and Rich Cook for Film.

 

I AM ELIZABETH SMART

“A rare, exceptional Lifetime movie about redefining victimhood”

“Smart’s presence casts the production into an entirely different light. It’s the story of a woman in peril, narrated by and featuring the woman in peril herself, telling the audience what really happened to her and how it felt. The perspective elevates the dramatization from a titillating scary story to spoken-word horror.”

“The isolation of trauma, illustrated.”

“It is a remarkable Lifetime movie. Much like Smart herself, it is restrained, unpretentious, and direct.”

“It is a startling, bold film.”

-Sonia Saraiya, Variety

DATES

'This superb series of short dramas gets better and better… If drama is a concentrate of life, these brilliant short plays are a concentrate of drama'. The Times

Film

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I AM ELIZABETH SMART

2017

Lifetime/A & E

Director
Shot in Canada
Adapted from the teleplay by Tory Walker.
Producer: Elizabeth Smart
Executive producers: Barbara Lieberman, Tom Patricia, Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Joan Harrison, Allison Berkley, Joseph Freed
Starring: Alana Boden, Skeet Ulrich, and Deidre Lovejoy
*Nominated for Best Movie Made for TV, Critics Choice Awards
*Nominated for Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV, Critics Choice Awards

Television

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A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

2018

Bad Wolf/Sky

Director.
Writers: Ashley Pharoah, Kate Brooke, Deborah Harkness.
Exec Producer: Kate Brooke, Julie Gardner, Jane Tranter.

WOLFBLOOD 4

2015

CBBC

Director. Series 4.
Producer: Jonathan Wolfman.
Exec Producer: Lucy Martin.

THE DUMPING GROUND 4

2015

CBBC

Director, 4 episodes, series 4.
Producer: Philip Leach.
Exec Producer: Lis Steele.

DATES

2013

Balloon Productions/Channel 4

Director, 1 episode.
Created by Bryan Elsley.
Producer: Bradley Adams.
Exec Producer: Bryan Elsley.

WATERLOO ROAD SERIES 9

2013

Shed / BBC 1

Director, 2 episodes.

THE CRASH

2012

Darlow Smithson Productions/BBC 3

Director, 2-part original drama.
Writer: Terry Cafolla.
Producer: Nick Pitt.
Exec Producer: Dominic Barlow.
*Nominated for for Best Television Drama at Scottish BAFTAs, 2013.

HOLLYOAKS

2012

Channel 4/Lime Pictures

Writer, Director and Editor. 1 episode.

HOLLYOAKS

2011

Channel 4/Lime Pictures

Writer, 2 episodes.

THE CUT 2

2010

BBC Switch/ BBC 2 & 3

Director, series 2.
Exec Producer: Geoffrey Goodwin.

THE CUT

2009

BBC Switch/ BBC 2 & 3

Lead Director, Creative Producer, and Editor. New series.
Exec Producer: Geoffrey Goodwin.

THE CUT

2009

BBC Switch/ BBC 2 & 3

Writer, episode 2.
Exec Producer: Geoffrey Goodwin.

HOLLYOAKS LONDON SPECIAL

2007

Channel 4 / Lime Pictures

6 x 30'.

HOLLYOAKS IN THE CITY

2006

Channel 4/Lime Pictures

4 x 60'. Including Two-Part Season Finale.

HOLLYOAKS

2005

Channel 4/Lime Pictures

15 x 30'.

Documentaries

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SOUL GIRLS

2015

Lonesome Pine/ Channel 4

Director. Short documentary following members of Lyrically Challenged, an East London-based hip hop movement celebrating female expression.
Producer: Marianne Buckland.

THE APOLOGY LINE

2007

Screen West Midlands

EPK/Behind the Scenes documentary. A short documentary about a telephone line that enables members of the public to call up and anonymously confess to their regrets.
*Sundance Film Festival, 2008.
*Won Prix UIP – Cork International Film Festival, 2007.

WATCHMAN

2005

Paramount

EPK/Behind the Scenes documentary. Behind the scenes documentary about the making of the feature film version of Alan Moore’s cult graphic novel.

Short Films

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POSTCARDS FROM LONDON

2009

Underdog Productions/ The Actors Centre Film Lab

Writer and Director. A short film about love that takes place over one night in Soho.

SOUL BOY

2004

BSA

Writer and Director. Short film about two homeless boys, a girl, a bag of stolen money and a better life.
*Broadcast Young Talent Awards UK, Nominated for Best Young Writer and Director, 2005.
*Royal Television Society Awards UK, Best Non-broadcast Programme, 2004.
*Los Angeles Short Film Festival, 2004.
*DVD sale and distribution by Brummiewood, 2004.

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS: A NIGHT IN WHITE SATIN

2005

BBC

A short film about a teenage girl on the run, a struggling fashion designer and a stolen dress.

WALKING AND TALKING

2005

104 Films

Writer and Director. A short film about a disabled teenager looking for love on a blind date.
*Disability Film Festival London 2005.
*Won First Light Film Award UK 2006.

ALMOST STRANGERS

2004

UK Film Coucil

Writer and Director. Digital short film about four very different strangers and how their lives overlap during one night in the city.
*Tampere Film Festival, 2005.
*Kino-Film Manchester Film Festival, 2005.
*Broadcast Young Talent Awards UK, Nominated for Best Young Writer, 2004.
*Seagate Foyle Film Festival, 2004.
*International Festival Train Et Cinema France, 2004.
*DVD sale and distribution by Film Education, 2004.

420 SECONDS OF LOVE

2003

Screen West Midlands

Writer and Director. A short story about the diverse relationships a girl encounters before finding herself.
*Urbanworld Film Festival New York 2005.
*Reelworld Film Festival Canada 2005.
*Broadcast Young Talent Awards Uk, Best New Director – Highly Commended 2003.
*Broadcast Young Talent Awards UK, Nominated for Best New Writer 2003.
*Best Short Film – Special Mention, Biarritz Short Film Festival, France 2003.
*Rushes Soho Shorts London 2003.
*New York Short Film Festival 2003.
*Cuba International Film Festival 2003.
*Kino-Film Manchester Film Festival 2003.
*Champs-Elysees Short Film Festival 2003.

Online

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FREAK

2008

Fremantle Media

Director and Producer. Promo for a new online teen drama.

Promos

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CHRIS TYE

2007

Headwrecker Records

Director and Producer. Music Video for his single ‘Electric Tracks’.

JILL JACKSON

2007

Director and Producer. Live acoustic gig at the 12 bar.

SPEEDWAY

2005

Innocent Records

Director and Producer. Live acoustic set for Radio 2 Janice Long Show.

CARINA ROUND

2005

Interscope Records

Director and Producer. Live gig at Wulfun Hall.

Other

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FILM LAB DIRECTOR

2007

Actors Centre

Director. Screen Acting Workshop with Greta Scacchi.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE

2001

Warner Brothers

Visual Effects Floor Assistant. Magic and mayhem ensue as Harry and his wizard gang battle the forces of evil.

TOMB RAIDER

2000

Paramount

Third Assistant Director. High action, fast paced, adrenaline fuelled adventures of Lara Croft defeating the bad guys and saving the world.

In Development

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NEW YEAR’S KISS

Underdog Productions

Writer/Director
Feature film

SUMMER BLUES

Underdog Productions

WRITER/ DIRECTOR
6 x 60min
TV Drama