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The Essential List

The Essential List: Sarah Clift

Mules across the Andes, creators that make you shout ‘Go on, Lass!’, and top podcasts

The Essential List: Sarah Clift

Sarah Clift’s year has been properly loca. The director’s debut short film – La Madre Buena – dominated the award circuit. What’s more, its subject matter (it featured a Mexican mother in search of a Trump-shaped piñata) made it particularly topical and saw Sarah featured everywhere from BBC TV news to the New York Times. And now she’s just signed to Academy (and it’s A+) and we can’t wait to see what she does next.
What better time to get the well-travelled Sarah’s ‘Essential List’?

Travel


o Place of birth: Yorkshire
o Hometown: Yorkshire

God's own country 

o Vacation: Mexico 
o Place of work: Academy Films & A+
o Place of workout: A good walk foraging for coffee

Up in the Andes

o Strangest mode of transport: A mule to cross the Andes
o Favourite mode of transport: The Banter Bus
o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: Podcasts downloaded ready for immigration queues
o Essential word needed in all languages: “To go” (for coffee)
o Jet lag tips: Drink water & enjoy being able to write at 3am

Culture


o Artists that spring to mind: Alex Colville & Jack Vettriano 
o Musicians from art school days: The Smiths & Corduroy
o Film directors I drool over whose surnames are similar: Roy Andersson, Wes Anderson
o Female Film Directors who inspire me to get up in the morning: Dee Rees, Lone Scherfig, Kelly Reichardt 

o Films I loved at TIFF this year: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Mudbound, Downsizing, Faces Places
o TV Series filmmaker that makes me holler “Go on Lass!”: Jill Soloway (Transparent, I love Dick)
o Commercial that I wish was mine: Nike ‘Last’
o Music Video from 1990:  Bjork ‘Bachelorette’

o Book I’m meaning to read: Infinite Jest

Kit


o Camera: Sony a7s
o Most used Apps: Citymapper & Calm
o Podcasts right now: Happier in Hollywood, Myths and Legends, News in Slow Spanish

o Programs I can’t live without: Final Draft, Photoshop, Keynote, Skype
o Technology Gripe 1: Subscribing yearly to so many programs and software
o Technology Gripe 2: Carrying so much gear around
o Website: Lynda
o Online shopping: Obscure second hand books on Amazon
o Old school creative activity: Creative writing in a journal, acrylic paint on cardboard