Sally receives Best Director & Best Ensemble Cast Awards at New Zealand WebFest for Shakespeare Republic
The end of 2021 was an absolute whirlwind of activity, and it only got busier with a new acting gig and a separate new directing gig in the first three months of 2022, which means I’m only just catching up on updating this news section! There is a lot to get through, so there will be a flurry of posts over the next few weeks – fair warning! I have to start the good news sharing with this amazing thing that happened in November over in New Zealand. In a night of amazing outcomes, I was so thrilled to be able to accept the awards for Best Ensemble Cast (International…
Sally wins Creator Amets at Seriesland in Spain!
It has been a CRAZY time over the past 19 months. Despite my home town of Melbourne spending over 260 days in lockdown, which just ended, I somehow managed to be in more productions as an actor than I had been in the 2 years previous to 2020, performing exclusively Shakespeare in six productions – five of them based in the UK. And, because I can’t sit still, as I’ve written about before on this blog, I also created a new season of my web series, Shakespeare Republic – filming with 23 other actors (I was the 24th) based in seven different cities on three different continents – all working…
Shakespeare Republic Season Three screening at SeriesFest
It has been a wonderful week of virtually attending SeriesFest in the USA, where my digital series Shakespeare Republic is screening at the moment as an Official Selection. As much as the pandemic has wreaked havoc, there have been some silver linings in respect to opening up the ability to virtually attend these events for those of us based outside of the UK and US, who might not usually be able to take part. Despite the VERY early mornings (most workshops have been taking place at 3am Melbourne time), I have found myself leaping out of bed to get onto the video conferencing calls, anxious that I don’t miss any…
Sally interviewed on No Rest For The Weekend in NYC
It was an absolute pleasure to be invited onto No Rest For The Weekend hosted by Jason Godbey in New York as a result of my win as Best Director and Best International Web Series at the NYC Web Fest earlier this year. Watch the full interview above. With many thanks to Jason Godbey for such a wide-ranging chat and to NYC Web Fest Director, Lauren Atkins for suggesting me as a guest!
New season of Shakespeare Republic screening at eleven international film festivals!
It’s been a while since an update, for which I apologise, but this post will go a long way towards explaining my absence from this blog! At the start of the current pandemic, I was toying with the idea of doing a stand-alone season of Shakespeare Republic. All my other projects had to go on hold and I had no idea what I was going to do with all that free time. I could have learned to bake, and there were times this year where I thought maybe I should have, but as I am now heading into the final strait of directing and producing this latest season, I have…
New awards for acting and directing, new reel and more – hello June!
It has been a crazy month of May, which has been wonderful and brilliant and I am so grateful to everyone who made all of it possible! Firstly, the team at Shakespeare Republic were delighted and thrilled to win the “Best Ensemble Cast (Series)” Award at the 2019 London International Motion Pictures Awards, held in the UK mid-May. This is our second award for “Best Ensemble” and myself and all my fellow cast are so grateful for this recognition of the work! Huge thanks also to two of my close friends and former BBC colleagues, Erica Banks and Karen Colbron, for attending the Awards on my behalf and accepting the…
Shakespeare Republic now streaming on Ozflix – and already breaking records!
I am so delighted to share that Shakespeare Republic (the web series that has been taking up nearly all my time for the past four years), is now streaming (both Seasons One & Two) from it’s new official, exclusive home on awesome Aussie content streaming platform, Ozflix – and managed to break all records with the highest viewership of a new launch in Ozflix’s history! Amazing! The series continues to gain more and more viewers as time goes on and I am so delighted to see that it’s finding a whole new audience – three years into it’s existence. I am currently in the process of editing together some new…
Sally McLean 2019 Director/Writer Reel now online
A quick update in between more substantial updates (some great news coming later this month … *excited*!) to share my new Director/Writer Reel for 2019, featuring the various projects I’ve been, well, directing and writing (among other things) over the past 24 months. Featuring footage from Shakespeare Republic (Season Two), Speaking Daggers, Till The Boys Come Home, O, Mistress Mine and Champion. So, without further ado, here it is! Credits: “Shakespeare Republic #LoveTheBard” (web series) Written by William ShakespeareCreated, Adapted & Directed by Sally McLeanCinematography by Shaun HerbertsonFeaturing: Michala Banas, Stephen Costan, Alan Fletcher, Nadine Garner, Dean Haglund, Christopher Kirby, Sally McLean, Tariro Mavodno, Wahibe Moussa, Falon Ryan, Shane Savage,…
Meet Elsie and Charles – two characters featured in Till The Boys Come Home
So much is going on right now, but … I’ve managed to fit in a blog post before February is over, so my idea of at least one blog post a month for 2019 is still on track! Amazing! A lot has been going on in the Incognita office over the past 5 weeks. Some I can talk about, some I can’t (… yet!), but here is a quick update on what I can publicly discuss … so here goes … Shakespeare Republic update For those who follow the web series world, you will have heard of the Web Series World Cup. For those who haven’t – the WSWC ranks…
Awards, filming, writing – hello 2019, you’re starting with a bang! #actor #writer #director
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great break over the holiday period and are back and ready to go for 2019. I intended to have a bit of downtime over Christmas and New Year, but, as is usually the case, things transpired to the contrary. But I’m definitely not complaining as they’re great developments for one of my projects and I can’t wait to share the news with you all when I can! That said, there is a lot of stuff I can share, so here we go … Asia Web Awards Win! After my announcement last month about the various nominations we received at the…