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Sarah Watt Sarah Watt i(A72672 works by) (a.k.a. Sarah Ann Watt)
Born: Established: 30 Aug 1958 Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 4 Nov 2011 Footscray West, Footscray - Maribyrnong area, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Female
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Sarah Watt was an award winning film director, producer, and animator. She received a Masters degree from the Swinburne University of Technology.

In 1995, Watt's short film, Small Treasures, won Best Short at the Venice Film Festival. In 2000, Watt contributed animations for the SBS series Swim Between the Flags. Watt's first feature film, Look Both Ways, won four Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Director. Her second feature film, My Year Without Sex, was released in 2009.

Watt was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and, later, with secondary cancer in her bones. Her death notice, in part, recognised 'a life of courage, humour, intelligence, generosity, honesty and grace'. (Saturday Age, 5 November 2011, p. 38)

Watt was married to actor and author, William McInnes. Part of the story of their shared life is told in the autobiography, Worse Things Happen at Sea.

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y separately published work icon Worse Things Happen at Sea Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2011 Z1817770 2011 single work autobiography

'Worse Things Happen at Sea is about families, suburbs and homes, friends, love and day to day life written by bestselling author William McInnes and award winning filmmaker, photographer and animator Sarah Watt.

'In William's first book A Man's Got to Have a Hobby he wrote about family life in the 1960s with humour, affection and honesty. Worse Things Happen at Sea does the same for family life in 2000s; written by William and Sarah in a way that many Australians can relate to and enjoy.

'This book celebrates the wonderful, messy, haphazard things in life -- bringing home babies from hospital, being a friend, a parent, son or daughter, and dog obedience classes. It's about living for twenty years in the family home, raising children there, chasing angry rabbits around the backyard, renovations that never end. It is also about understanding that sometimes you have to say goodbye; that is part of life too.

'Illustrated throughout with Sarah Watt's photographs of family life and beautiful, everyday objects.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year
2012 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
2012 winner Indie Awards Nonfiction
form y separately published work icon My Year Without Sex ( dir. Sarah Watt ) 2008 Z1555746 2008 single work film/TV humour 'My Year Without Sex is a comedy about one messy year in the life of a family - now about to question everything. Along the way, they will be consoled and distracted by sex, shopping, sport, storage solutions, Santa, religion and singing.' Source: (Sighted 22/1/09).
2009 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Original Screenplay
form y separately published work icon Look Both Ways ( dir. Sarah Watt ) 2004 Australia : Hibiscus Films , 2005 Z1218102 2004 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units) Over a fiercely hot weekend, four people grapple with life changing news, wondering whether their fate is deserved or earned, and how happiness might be possible. Meryl is a lonely artist who literally envisions disaster around every corner. Nick is a photojournalist whose work keeps him emotionally distanced from the tragedies he documents. When the two meet in the aftermath of a real train accident, their lives, and the lives of a handful of other witnesses and victims, are revealed and transformed.
2005 winner Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Film
2005 winner Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Original Screenplay
2005 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Film
2005 winner Inside Film Awards Best Script
2005 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Original Screenplay
2005 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Film Award Feature
2005 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Village Roadshow Prize for Screen Writing
2005 nominated Inside Film Awards Best Feature Film
2004 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Film Script
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