The Australian film industry is mourning the loss of artist, writer and filmmaker Sarah Watt, who died last week after a long battle with cancer. Sarah’s deeply personal films won critical acclaim both in Australia and internationally.
Throughout her career, Sarah was a strong supporter of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. She worked closely with the NFSA and was committed to preserving her body of work within our collection – including short films such as her early Victorian College of the Arts film Catch of the Day (1990); Small Treasures (1995), the winner of the Baby Lion for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival; Local Dive (1998); and Living with Happiness (2001), which won the AFI Award for Best Short Animation. She also preserved her two feature films My Year Without Sex (2009) and Look Both Ways (2005), winner of the AFI Award for Best Film, Direction and Original Screenplay. Sarah also donated a lovely collection of original animation artwork from Look Both Ways to the NFSA.