Sarah Hatherley

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Filmmaker turned narrator, Sarah Hatherley introduces us to an ex New South Wales police investigator who recounts her story of being an idealistic teenager recruited into the police brotherhood, discovering a world of violence, intimidation and lawlessness - and that was just in the office.

A La Verite Films Production. Produced by Sarah Hatherley, co-produced by David Curry. Find out more here.

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The podcast has been inspired by the 6 episode TV series currently in development by Hatherley. For the story behind the story click here.


Sarah has completed a seven week director's attachment thanks to a Film Victoria funded initiative. Shadowing set up Director Mark Joffe on the first two episodes of the Halifax reboot starring Rebecca Gibney and Anthony LaPaglia. This crime thriller miniseries will be the ideal preparation for production of Sarah's own crime drama, now in the advanced stages of development.

Click here to view Sarah Hatherley's director's showreel


Filming wrapped on a trailer/proof of concept for Sarah's new feature film, Hunted. (Previously titled Domestic) An atmospheric small town mystery, crime thriller. DP Sky Davies captured Hatherley's cinematic vision with epic, natural beauty juxtaposed with claustrophobic, emotionally charged scenes.  See sneak peek below.


As an advertising Writer, Director, Creative Director, Director of Strategy Planning, and 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 has worked as a Creative Brand Consultant for select clients. These days she's a bit tied of with screenwriting, directing and producing, but here's a peek at some of her work. Click here to find out more in Brand Case Studies.

HUNTED FEATURE FILM (previously titled Domestic)

Hunted is the story of a young woman who rises up after a brutal attack to search for truth in a picturesque logging town with a dark underbelly. While the plodding police investigation circles a local small-time actor, she goes on the hunt to track down her attacker and save the next victim.

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.

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.

View the 11 minute short film here

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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). Watch the full short here

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