Sarah Hatherley


2018 has seen a new addition to Sarah's slate of film and television projects.

Use of Force is the story of a young woman on the front line of crime, violence and dysfunction on the hard streets of Western Sydney during the brutal NSW Royal Commission into Police Corruption.

Based on a true story, it's a confronting insight into the violence, intimidation and lawlessness of a brotherhood under seige.


At the end of winter 2017, filming wrapped on a trailer/proof of concept for Sarah's new feature film, Domestic.

An atmospheric small town mystery, crime thriller, where a young woman rises up after a brutal attack to search for the truth in a picturesque logging town with a dark underbelly.

See sneak peek below.


As an advertising Writer, Director, Creative Director, and Director of Strategy Planning, with 8 years as a Board Director of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, before embarking on her own film / publishing / brand business, Hatherley has unparalleled strategic creative capacity.

She has the rare ability to discover the problem, then solve it. Which is why, from time to time, Sarah works as a Creative Brand Consultant for select clients.

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Sarah has teamed up with one of Australia's most experienced producers, Karen Sproul, to take Domestic to the international film market.

Karen was an associate producer on the BAFTA winning, six time Academy Award nominated feature film ‘LION’ (directed by Garth Davis). After 17 years teamed with Garth, Karen has garnered an international reputation producing groundbreaking work on large-scale productions of the highest calibre and complexity.

Domestic is an affecting cinematic story that dramatically explores the issue of violence against women. It's a taut, densely layered, small town crime thriller, with echoes of Jane Campion's Top of The Lake and the in-demand Nordic Noir screen stories.

Told through the female lens, it's a story designed for an audience of women and men who hunger for a contemporary twist on a popular genre.

Entertainment like the provocative Handmaid's Tale with its brutal dystopian vision has proved an extraordinary rallying call to women across the world, connecting deeply with audiences.

Sarah is a passionate advocate for female directed screen stories, understanding the powerful role they can play in primary prevention. 



Having created La Verite Films and developed a slate of feature film projects in recent years, Sarah was keen to get shooting again. So she wrote what was to be an ambitious script for an independently funded short film.

From the coast to the city, to the suburbs and the mountains, it would require meticulous planning to pull off Sarah's vision of a cinematic gem.

And in 2016, she realised the haunting psychological thriller, Lost Soul.

With a script stripped of dialogue, the powerful, unsettling, mesmerisingly beautiful film makes compelling viewing.

Lost Soul had its world premiere at the prestigous Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Barcelona In October. 

Here's the wrap up video.

Lost Soul earned Sarah a prestigious Australian Directors' Guild nomination for Best Direction in a short film. And had its home town screening at St Kilda Film Festival.

The magnificent Tony Rogers, co-creator of the cult TV series 'Wilfred', took time out from his busy schedule to produce Lost Soul with Sarah. Drawing together an extraordinary crew of talented film technicians it was an act of kindness from a generous filmmaker.

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With only a 6 week gestation from script to screen, The Birth was delivered just prior to Christmas 2016.

Another bundle of joy.

Written, directed, produced, edited and even with music by Sarah, it was a labour of love.

Again, the indefatigable Tony Rogers produced the film with Sarah, bringing together another talented crew for the two day shoot.

The Birth was selected in the final 16 to premiere at Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, Feb 17. Screening Nationally on Channel 11 and globally via Red Bull TV. It has since screened at HollyShorts in LA, was Top 10 in the Audfest Women's Film Challenge, LA and has secured international sales agent, Origine Films (France).

Synopsis: When an optimistic couple embark on a natural water birth, the birthing plan quickly goes out the window as unexpected complications develop for our new mother. Everyone warned her about home births, but nothing quite prepared her for what she'd have to bear.

Home births can be a risky business, particularly if your partner is a bloke on a mission.




Sarah Hatherley