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Sarah‐Jane Woulahan is an award‐winning director of drama, comedy, music video, documentary and transmedia who is known for her visual flair and original ideas across all genres in moving image.

Sarah-Jane’s short films A Terrible  Beauty, Acts of God, I love Like Blood, The Irving Hand Prophecy, Ward of State and Stanley Ovation P.I. have screened at festivals including South By Southwest, Melbourne International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, Flickerfest, St Kilda Film Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival and many more. Acts of God was chosen for the MIFF Accelerator program for emerging feature filmmakers in 2014 and Ward of State won best film at the 2015 Australian Dance Awards. The feature incarnation of A Terrible Beauty was funded by Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Brilliant Stories initiative.  

Sarah-Jane has directed ARIA and MTV nominated music videos for Australia’s most recognized musicians including Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Evermore, The Sleepy Jackson, Little Birdy, Claire Bowditch, Youth Group, Tim Finn and The Living End. She also directed music documentaries for artists including The Go-Betweens and George.

Sarah-Jane is a cross-media auteur and pioneer. She has created numerous multi-platform projects that integrate film, live performance and online interaction in genres that straddle narrative, documentary and comedy. She recently produced and directed the multi-media documentary, A New Hero, for the launch of the AFL Women’s League.

She is the co‐creator and director of the satirical short form series, Forlorn Gaze, which first featured on ABC’s JTV. Forlorn Gaze was nominated for an AFI in Screen Content Innovation in 2009 for its groundbreaking use of multi-platform narrative that included narrative in real world events.  Sarah-Jane is also co-creator of the comedy series The Problematic World of Lou, a modern comedy of manners featuring  Melbourne comic, Lou Sanz.

She was the creative Director of Falls TV, a video media spectacle broadcast onsite at the Falls Festival in Lorne which includes live broadcast of comedy and documentary segments, interactivity through text, web and live visuals. A creative experiment in action, the project utilised the talents of over 60 filmmakers and artists working in collaboration under Sarah-Jane’s direction.

Sarah-Jane founded the cross-media collective The Ministry of Truth which produced documentary and satirical short video work for broadcast on it’s social networking site which was funded by Screen Australia, Arts Queensland and the Pacific Film and Television Commission.  Ministry of Truth produced a number of documentary and comedy works for ABC’s JTV.

Sarah-Jane is a PhD Candidate in Narrative Virtual Reality at RMIT and is also developing her first feature film projects including feminist drama She Loves Like Blood and the absurdist science fiction, Touching by Underground Wires.

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