Sarah Hatherley


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.


Developing a great script, putting together a fantastic team, an inspiring cast, the patchwork quilt of financing, pulling off a demanding shooting schedule, everything about filmmaking is challenging. But perhaps the biggest challenge in today's rapidly evolving screen industry is identifying an audience, one who is willing to pay for your film, and reaching them cost effectively.

So it helps when the producers of 'Domestic' have an international commercial / marketing background. And are used to solving equally demanding commercial communications challenges. 

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

Sarah Hatherley's extraordinary skill set, acquired over a career 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, means that 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, in amongst developing a slate of long form projects, Sarah works as a Creative Brand Consultant for select clients. Managing projects like the rebranding of Melbourne Girls Grammar or the global stretch of local brand Lqd Skin Care.

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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. It recently had its first 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 Reb 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