Sally’s Behind-The-Camera Credits

While acting is her main focus, Sally also runs a production business alongside her acting career, gaining international success and accolades for her behind the camera roles, most notably her writing and directing work for the screen.

Sally began her work behind the camera as a producer at the first community television station in Victoria, MPTV (Mornington Peninsula Television), producing and presenting on camera a weekly magazine lifestyle show for teenagers as a teen herself, before moving onto professional work as a boom swinger & makeup assistant among other varied roles in film and television. Her work as backstage crew in theatre began in the Lighting department on follow spot, where she could be found when not on stage for nearly three years.

She eventually left for the UK to audition for drama school, taking a slight detour to work at the BBC for a few years in production and research roles. Eventually she accepted a place at The Actors’ Institute, London, where she graduated with a Degree in Drama, returning to the BBC for just over a year, running her acting career alongside her production work, before returning to Australia.

Sally then became Creative Director of Incognita Enterprises, which she founded under the Honorary Patronage of Sir Nigel Hawthorne KB, CBE (1929-2001). Under the banner of Incognita, she has written, directed and/or produced numerous short films and short features, plays, TV pilots, short documentaries, web series and a full length feature documentary (currently in post-production).

Her “day jobs” have included working as Assistant Director for the Australian Premiere of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the Athenaeum Theatre, while also taking the role of Female Swing for the production (eventually taking over from Julia Morris in the main cast two nights a week), working in event management with award-winning Events Company, Emjay Events producing events for Moomba, Senior Citizens’ Week and others at venues such as the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, being the General Manager of Melbourne WebFest (one of the original five web fests globally and the largest web fest in the Southern Hemisphere), being the Founding Chairman of independent theatre company North of Eight and being the Founder and Festival Director of Shorts Relief: Flicks For The Fires founded in 2020 – a charity short film and web fest held at the Capitol Theatre, Melbourne she initially founded to raise money for Bushfire relief.

The full list of Sally’s projects and events produced to date can be found on her production business website here:

Sally's Filmmaker Profiles

Current Writing & Directing Reel

Production Business Information


Hon. Patron: Sir Nigel Hawthorne KB, CBE (1929-2001)

MEMBER: Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA (Actor, Director & Producer Chapters) & ADG (Associate Member)

Selected Reviews

“… (a) polished, beautifully made series from director/producer Sally McLean … A fine use of the platform and, more importantly, a very fine adaptation of the Bard … Shakespeare Republic is put together with grace and wit.”
The Guardian
”A Little Rain Must Fall … immensely enjoyable … wonderfully realistic … refreshing … The cast played their well defined characters superbly without exception … (the dramatic events in the film) were handled both by the cast and writers with skill and sensitivity.”
BBC Film
"... engaging … insightful … if you’re in the mood for some dramatic theatre with interesting characters, inspiring stories and a feel-good, uplifting message, Chasing Pegasus provides an ultimately engaging hour of theatre.”


Australian TV Programs worked on in Production roles

1 VS 100 (Series 1) (Australia)
Australian Idol
X-Factor Australia (Series 1)
Big Brother: Hunt for a Housemate
Comedy Inc. (Seasons 1 & 2)

Production companies worked for
BBC TV Productions worked on in Production roles

One Foot In The Past
Poetry Nation
Bard On The Box
The History of British Art
Sister Wendy
Robert Hughes American Visions

Sally’s Creative & Other Writing Credits

In addition to being a screenwriter and playwright, Sally has also been a poet for most of her adult life, penning her first poem – “Lights, Camera, Action” at the age of fifteen, which won her first place in a local newspaper literary competition.

Since then, she has been regularly published in various poetry and short fiction anthologies and magazines in Australia, the USA, Canada and the UK, including the anthologies In-Between Days (USA), A Lasting Calm (UK),  Tide of Hours (USA) and Millennium Moments  (USA/UK) and the literary periodicals Images Inscript  (USA), Waxing & Waning (Canada), Celtic Fiction (USA) and Poetry DownUnder  (Australia).  She was one of ten featured poets, and the only Australian, selected for The Sounds of Poetry an audio presentation of poets selected from across the world and was named in the international Who’s Who of Poetry for 2004.

To see more about Sally’s contributions to Poetry & Short Fiction anthologies over the years, visit her Creative Writing site:

She is also an author and book editor.