Sally Browning

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Executive Producer/Director – Sally Browning

Sally Browning has 20 years experience in the film and television industry in documentary filmmaking, children’s television, corporate productions, TVC and film financing. She also has a background in journalism.

Her award-winning films deal with subjects ranging from socio-political themes, to personal character studies, to pop culture to children’s comedy drama.

Some of these include the award-winning theatrical documentary, The Diplomat, which chronicles the final tumultuous year of Nobel Prize Winner, José Ramos Horta’s campaign to secure independence for East Timor; the iconic road movie, Taking Care Of Elvis; and The Secret Safari, a film about the African National Congress’s most successful undercover missions during apartheid in South Africa.

Currently she is Executive Producer and co-creator of a brand new children’s comedy series, Drop Dead Weird. This series follows the hilarious antics of an Australian family who move to Tubbershandy, an isolated seaside village in Western Ireland. She also worked as Executive Producer, co-creator and director of the factual children’s television series, Blue Zoo for ABC3 & RTE Ireland. Her most recent project for ABC Me (formerly ABC3) is called This Is Me and showcases 32 extraordinary kids around Australia in five minute TV morsels and themed 4 x half hours. In their words and worlds the children provide a snapshot of Australian childhoods.

Sally is a former Head of Development & Investment for Screen NSW and a former Investment Manager for Screen Australia. Prior to this she was a journalist working at Channel 4 Television in the UK.

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SALLY BROWNING’S CV

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Drop Dead Weird- Executive Producer/Co-creator

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Category: Kids TV

Drop Dead Weird is a children’s comedy series that follows the hilarious antics of an Australian family who move to Tubbershandy, an isolated seaside village in Western Ireland. The Champs move to Ireland to save the family B&B.

With three ‘fish out of water’ Aussie kids, one kooky Irish grandfather and two recently zombified parents running a B&B in a remote seaside Irish village… things are going to get weird… Drop Dead Weird! 

 

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This Is Me – Producer/Director

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Category: Factual

This Is Me showcases thirty-two extraordinary kids aged 9-16, in an entertaining, factual, short-form format. The series allows young Australians to share their experiences with the world as well as their thoughts about their life, friends and family.

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Blue Zoo – Producer/Director

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Category: Filmography

Blue Zoo is a children’s television series which follows eight Australian and Irish teenagers as they intern at a marine animal rescue and rehabilitation centre. Under the watchful eye of professional trainers, the children participate in rescues and learn to care for both healthy and sick marine wildlife. Faced with the challenge of putting on their own show for the public in only six weeks, the rookies must work hard to master the necessary skills to train the park’s adorable dolphin and seal performers.

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The Secret Safari (AKA Guns Under Their Bums) – Producer

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Category: Filmography

Documentary about the ANC’s secret operations during the Apartheid era. Co-production with Maxi-D TV in South Africa with eTV South Africa/YLE-2 Finland/SBS Australia/Alliance Atlantis Releasing Canada/Jan Vrijman Fund Amsterdam. Financed by the Australian Film Finance Corporation.

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Stranger in the Family – Producer/Writer/Director

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Category: Filmography

Documentary following the progress of a group of children with autism as they participate in a special program of one-on-one therapy that will give them an opportunity to communicate with their parents, and eventually the world. Network presale: SBS Independent. Developed with the assistance of the NSW FTO. Financed by the Screen Australia. Distributed by TVF International and VEA.

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The Diplomat – Producer

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Category: Filmography

A film about the contradictions and complexities of Jose Ramos-Horta, the public face of East Timor, during the final tumultuous year of his campaign for independence for his country. Dir: Tom Zubrycki. Developed with the assistance of the NSW FTO. Network presale: SBS-TV, NRK Norway in association with Screen Australia. Distributed by Screen Australia.

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Taking Care of Elvis – Producer

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Category: Filmography

A documentary about the phenomenon of Elvis Presley who lives on in death through the annual Elvis Week held at Graceland, Memphis every year. Directors: Katey & David Grusovin. Developed and produced with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission. Distributor: Echo Bridge Entertainment, US.

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Staying Out – Writer/ Director

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Category: Filmography

One hour TV documentary following the lives of two inmates over 18 months as they leave prison to return to the society that locked them up. Terry is a 44 year-old armed robber who has spent over half his life in jail. Christie is 26 and the mother of two children and is attempting to win back her oldest son. Network presale: ABC Television. Distributed by Screen Australia.

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Calling Young Hong Kong – Producer

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Category: Filmography

Digital video documentary about the youth culture and politics in the lead up to the 1997 Hong Kong changeover to mainland China. Directors: Rachel Potter & Robert Wilkins. Network sale: SBS-TV. Financed by the Australian Film Finance Corporation. Distributed by Emerald Films.

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The Christmas Cake – Producer

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Category: Filmography

A documentary about two very old, very tiny, highly spirited Labor Party matriarchs who have shared the same house for almost 60 years. Directed by Katey & David Grusovin. Developed and produced with the assistance of the AFC and ABC. Distributed by First Run Features, US.

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Raskols – Producer/Director

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Category: Filmography

16mm one-hour documentary about the youth gangs and their ‘raskol’ culture in Papua New Guinea. Made in association with SBS-TV Independent and Channel 4 UK. Financed by the Screen Australia. Distributed by Emerald Films.

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Women Heal Women – Producer/Writer

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Category: Corporate/Education/Short Drama Films

25-minute AIDS education drama produced for female inmates and for the Prison AIDS Project through the NSW Film & TV Office.

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Marine Magic – Producer/Writer

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Category: Corporate/Education/Short Drama Films

Pet Porpoise Pool ‘Marine Magic’ Coffs Harbour 1x 30 sec + 2x 15sec HD TVC (Air Pig Productions)

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Our First 40 years – Producer/Writer

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Category: Corporate/Education/Short Drama Films

Pet Porpoise Pool ‘Our First 40 years’ 2x 30 sec + 2x 15sec HD (Air Pig Productions) 4x 90sec Webisodes

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SALLY BROWNING’S AWARDS

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  • Best Documentary – Tampere International Film Festival – The Christmas Cake
  • SPAA Cannes Film Festival travel award
  • Heidtman & Co Award – Leichhardt in Love
  • AFI Nominations: Best Documentary; Best Sound; Best Cinematography – Raskols
  • Mumbai International Film Festival – Silver Prize – Raskols
  • Gold Mobie – Women Heal Women
  • Mobie Craft Award: Scriptwriting – Women Heal Women
  • ATOM award for Best Educational Film – Women Heal Women
  • Best Australian Film – Flickerfest Short Film Festival – The Christmas Cake
  • Best Documentary – The Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards – The Christmas Cake
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  • Rouben Mamoullian Award – The Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards – The Christmas Cake
  • AFI Awards: Best Documentary; Best Direction – The Diplomat. 2000
  • Most Popular Documentary – Sydney Film Festival & Melbourne International Film Festival – The Diplomat.
  • UN Media Peace Awards – Winner: General Television Category – The Diplomat.
  • Hawaii International Film Festival: Golden Maile award for Best Documentary – The Diplomat.
  • Austcare Media Awards: Winner in TV Category; Overall Winner – The Diplomat.
  • One World Film Festival: Winner Rudolf Vrba Award – The Diplomat.
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