CURRENT ACTING/DIRECTING/PRODUCING PROJECT:
Shakespeare Republic is an award-winning collective of Australian-based actors who have come together to celebrate Shakespeare, his works and his enduring legacy, through sharing their interpretation of his words and thoughts, via settings and circumstances that are familiar to a 21st Century audience.
From Hamlet in a bathtub to Juliet as one half of a same sex couple, this is Shakespeare Republic . Using some of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues and sonnets, each episode of this award-winning web series is a stand alone “snapshot” of a piece of current Australian life – be it social, political or emotional. Created by Sally McLean with performances from Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Ben Steel, Sally McLean, Rowena Hutson and Billy Smedley – this is deliberately Shakespeare with a difference!
As well as being a part of the ensemble, Sally is also Creator and Artistic Director of the project, which includes producing and directing each episode for the first series.
“… a sophisticated twenty-first century series with its own particularly Australian flavour.”
– The Shakespeare Blog, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
“Shakespeare Things To Do This Week #7 – Watch Neighbours actor Alan Fletcher as Macbeth.”
– Shakespeare Magazine, UK
“This should be in EVERY classroom!”
– KIN Collective, Australia
“… a thoroughly fresh and modern take.”
– Kuriositas.com (UK)
Cast includes: Alan Fletcher, Michala Banas, Rowena Hutson, Sally McLean, Billy Smedley and Ben Steel.
CURRENT DIRECTING/PRODUCING PROJECT:
Champion is a cinematic feature documentary currently in production with Finish Line Films exploring the inspirational true story of the world-renowned athletics coach Franz Stampfl – who came to international attention after coaching Roger Bannister to break the elusive Four Minute Mile record in Oxford, England in 1954.
This documentary shines a light on an unsung hero of the sporting and motivational arenas, inspiring others to strive for excellence in their own lives. The film promotes the pursuit of excellence in all things, the importance of the Arts for spiritual and emotional inspiration, the value of sport and fitness in our society at all levels, the important contribution that immigrants make to Australian culture and society, as well as fascinating personal insights into major historical events of the 20th Century.
This is Sally’s other Directing/Producing project, co-Produced with Ben Steel and Executive Produced by Phil Craig and Robert Galinsky.
“Franz’s philosophies transcend the sporting arena and can be applied to the pursuit of excellence in any field. In my opinion he is a truly inspirational figure and his story has universal appeal. I unreservedly wish to express my strong support of this project and the team involved. This is a story that must be told.”
– Ethan Hawke (Oscar®-nominated Actor, Writer & Director)
“I believe this film has the potential to be a fascinating, original and rewarding documentary, of interest to a wide audience. I have no hesitation in supporting Sally and her colleagues in this project.”
– Roly Keating (Former Controller BBC2 & BBC4)
“This is a story that must be captured now while several of Franz’s athletes are still alive. Otherwise it may be lost forever. I sincerely wish to express my strong support of this project and the team involved.”
– Daryl Lefever (Financial Controller & Film Producer, USA)
Cast includes: Sir Roger Bannister, Sir Chris Chataway, Ron Clarke, Herb Elliot, John Landy, Ralph Doubell, David Williamson and Ulick O’Connor.
CURRENT WRITING PROJECT:
‘Till The Boys Come Home is a tale from the Australian home front during WWII, exploring the stories of those who fought to keep the home fires burning told as a full-length theatrical play, currently in the final stages of development.