Tam Sainsbury



Having completed high school in Australia Tam moved to the United Kingdom (from where she was born). She began her directing career in London directing a number of stage plays. She attended The University of Surrey where she attained a degree in Film and Television. During these years she worked on camera and wrote, directed and produced seven short films. Upon graduating she worked for a London production company where she gained professional experience in writing, editing and on camera.

In 1999/2000 she spent a year in the USA studying film in Columbus Ohio, which included an internship at NBC. Tam worked for WOCC in Westerville Ohio where she wrote and produced news and documentaries and also wrote and directed some episodes of a locally produced drama series. She then went on to write, direct and produce ‘The Eye of the Lens’ which gained a screening at the London Portobello Film Festival. Her final short film in the UK, which she wrote, directed and produced, was ‘London Life’ and was screened at an Antipodean Film Festival.

Tam Sainsbury returned to Australia in early 2007 with the intention of directing her first feature film. To find her feet back in Australia she wrote, directed and produced a short film titled ‘Finders Keepers’ which premiered to a full cinema at Birch Carroll and Coyle. Following this she began the production company Myrtletown Films and co-wrote ‘Mind Fire’ (now known as Ryder Country). This became Tam’s feature film directorial debut.

From this Tam went on to purchase the film and television rights to the novel Song of the Sound by Adam Armstrong and has adapted this into a screenplay and also a 6 part television drama series and is currently in discussions with some prominent television production companies as to the best direction to head with this.

Tam also co-wrote the screenplay Tuki adapted from the novel Tuki Banjo Superstar by Ocean Palmer (AKA Ted Simendinger).This has now been taken on by a Hollywood producer and a large UK film company has agreed to option it. Tam is continuing the successful partnership with Ted Simendinger, helping him with script editing and adapting another of his novels into a screenplay.

In the past few years Tam has written two children’s book titled ‘What Does Monkey Boo Love?’ and ‘Monkey Boo Loves Colours’ both of which are now published and available for purchase.

In 2017 Tam completed short film ‘Pinky Promise’ which was screened at the Caloundra Film Festival in October 2017 and then the prestigious Richard Harris Film Festival in Ireland for it’s international premiere.

Her most recent project is a web series titled ‘Time & Place’ that she has written and will direct in mid 2018 when the series is shot on the Sunshine Coast. The lead role will be played by Lara Cox who features as Alf’s daughter in Home and Away and casting is commencing shortly for the other characters.