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sally mcleanWriter/Director Biography - Sally McLean

A graduate of The Actors' Institute, London (UK), Sally now wears several hats, which include the titles of actor, director, producer and writer.

Her television acting credits include The Bookworm, The 80's and the mini-series Bootleg for BBC Television, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Comedy Inc., The Late Show, Bingles and Totally Full Frontal for Australian TV, as well as numerous short films and over fifty theatre productions in both Australia and the UK.

Theatre highlights include "King Duncan/Seyton" in Macbeth, "Queen Gertrude" in Hamlet, "Marlene" in Top Girls, and the lead roles of "Jill" in the World Premier of Annabel's Requiem on London's West End and "Woman One" in the Australian premier of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.

While already being an internationally published poet and short fiction writer, her foray into writing for performance began when she created her own feature film production outfit, Salmac Productions, under the patronage of respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne in the late 1990's. Under the umbrella of Salmac, she co-produced and co-wrote the UK feature film A Little Rain Must Fall (invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival), as well as writing, producing and directing the short films fixNATION (2004) and Brigit & Benny (a modern faerietale) (2005). Sally branched out into the area of writing, directing and producing for the theatre with her first play Chasing Pegasus - A Play In Ten Chords, staged in December 2003/January 2004. She followed this with PS I Love You, exploring women's roles on the home front in Melbourne during WWII, which made it's first workshop appearance on the stage in July/August 2004.

Sally has also worked in production with the BBC in both their Music & Arts and Commercial Channels Depts., on program strands such as Bookmark, Bard On The Box and Poetry Nation, during which time she Chaired the BBC Alternative Program Development Unit, submitting several successful television program proposals to the Controllers of BBC1 & 2, three of which have since been developed into series for BBC2.

Sally is currently distracting herself with three more screenplays Forever (currently under financing with distribution attached), Eating the Lotus and 1956, as well as completing her next play Bayonets & Bully Beef (the companion work to PS I Love You) - exploring women's roles on the battle front during WWII.

Oh, and she's still working as an actor … due to appear onstage as "The Invisible Woman" in Phrankly Theatre's production of The Auxiliary in September/October 2005, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. For more information visit her online at

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