Award winning documentary filmmaker specialising in stories about disability.
Advocacy, Arts, Music, Literature, Disability Rights/Issues, Media and Communications, Motivational Speaking
Sarah Barton is a filmmaker with more than 25 years’ experience and has focused mainly on making films about disability. Her first major film Untold Desires (1994) about sexuality and disability won the first Logie Award for SBS television and an AFI Award for most outstanding documentary.
In 2003 Sarah created and produced the first 70 episodes of the award winning disability community television series No Limits. During her time as series producer of No Limits Sarah mentored and trained a number of disabled performers including the late comedian and writer Stella Young.
Sarah’s short documentary Stroke A Chord (2012) about a choir of stroke survivors who can sing but not speak was a finalist in the ATOM Awards in 2013.
In 2010 Sarah received a Churchill Fellowship to travel to America and England to research a feature documentary about the disability rights movement called Defiant Lives which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival 2017.
Between 2011 and 2015 Sarah worked as Chief Executive Officer of Disability Media Australia an organisation she co-founded in 2005. She also returned to No Limits in the role of Executive Producer mentoring and training disabled producers, cast and crew.
In 2015 Sarah returned to her production company Fertile Films to complete Defiant Lives and recently launched an online video distribution platform DisabilityBusters.com