Tam Sainsbury



Following an internship with NBC in the US and graduating from the University of Surrey in London 20 years ago with a degree in film and television, Tam Sainsbury worked in the UK and USA on news programs, factual shows and commercials.

Tam has written, directed and produced numerous short films which have screened at festivals around the world and most recently the award winning short film Pinky Promise which received a silver award at Cinemafest in New York, an Honourable Mention at Canada Shorts, a nomination for best film at Golden Earth awards, semi-finalist at Los Angeles Cinefest and screened at the Swiss Film Festival, Ireland’s Richard Harris film festival and the Rome Film Festival.

She wrote and directed the feature film Mind Fire (AKA Ryder Country) starring Peter Sumner, Conrad Coleby and Rowena Wallace.

Tam wrote, directed and produced web series Time & Place with Screen Australia as principal production investor, starring Tracy Mann, Lara Cox, Conrad Coleby, and Lisa Kay.

Tam created, directed and produced web series Perfect Messy Love which was funded by Screen Queensland’s digital conversion grant and was released in December 2020. Tam also directed the rom com feature film of Perfect Messy Love which received funding from Arts Queensland and is currently in post production having been picked up by Nicely Entertainment to distribute globally.

Recently Tam was a mentor for the Sunshine Coast Showdown initiative and directed the runner up film Life In Two Words which screened at the Berlin Arts Film Festival and received an honourable mention.

Late 2021 Tam completed a shadow directing block for Channel 10’s Neighbours through Film Victoria and was due to continue onto an attachment to direct episodes until the show was axed.

In January 2022 Tam was the first outsourced director to be employed by the US company Mind Valley as she directed their latest quest to be released in September as their major launch for 2022.

Tam is the Queensland representative for the Australian Directors Guild and on the committee for the Queensland Screen Collective.


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