Sarah McCarthy’s most recent film ‘The Dark Matter of Love’ premiered in competition at Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and was released theatrically in the US and the UK in 2013. The film tells the story of an eleven-year-old Russian girl learning to love her adoptive American family through a scientific intervention.
McCarthy is currently working on several new projects, including a high-profile 30-for-30 documentary for ESPN.
Sarah’s previous film ‘The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical’ also premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. Oscar Nominated director Morgan Spurlock made an hour long documentary about Sarah’s experience of the festival. ‘Committed’ premiered on AMC immediately after TIFF. HBO acquired ‘Sound of Mumbai’ for their 2011 summer season. Quotes about ‘Sound of Mumbai’ include:
"It's one of the most emotionally charged films I’ve ever shown. In fact, just thinking about it now makes me choke up."
Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival Programmer
"We are deeply in love with this documentary."
Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films
"Craftily balancing inspirational uplift with clear-eyed pragmatism, filmmaker Sarah McCarthy is admirably restrained when it comes to heart-tugging, and sharply observant in noting the revealing details."
Joe Leydon, Variety
As a result of the success of ‘Sound of Mumbai’, Sarah was selected by a panel of International Festival Programmers to be one of Real Screen's Top 15 Emerging Directors in 2012.
Born in Sydney, McCarthy studied film in her native Australia. After graduating with first class honours, and a graduation film that picked up a collection of short film awards, she moved to London where she worked in development for the BBC and RDF Media before moving into documentary directing.
Her directorial debut was entitled ‘Murderers on the Dance Floor’ and it premiered on Channel 4 in UK. The film tells the story behind a YouTube clip which has been viewed by over 51 million people. In this incredible clip, 1500 Filipino prisoners dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
McCarthy followed up her debut with ‘Five Weddings, Five Funerals’ for BBC1. It tells the story of a 77-year-old Grandmother Betty Neumar who stands accused of killing her five husbands and her own son, each time for life insurance money. The film pieces together Betty's trail of destruction and broken lives by tracking down relatives of her ex husbands, her children and even the killer granny herself.
Sarah lives in London with her boyfriend Rob and her dog Louis and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org