Actress, screenwriter, director and playwright, Sally McLean began her work in the entertainment biz as an actor in her mid-teens and has since performed leading roles in numerous Australian and British film, theatre and television productions.
A graduate of The Actors Institute, London, she has played lead, guest and support roles on numerous UK and Australian television series including “Elephant Princess”, “Flying Doctors”, “Bingles”, “The D-Generation”, “Totally Full Frontal”, “Neighbours”, “Acropolis Now!”, "Comedy Inc., “Blue Heelers”, “The Bookworm”, “Poetry Nation” and the BBC mini-series “Bootleg”.
Sally has played lead roles in over thirty UK and Australian theatre productions, her most notable being “Annabel’s Requiem”, “Hamlet”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Lovepuke”, the professional Australian premier of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, “The Auxilary”, “Chasing Pegasus (a play in ten chords)”, “PS I Love You” and the all-female “Macbeth”, described as " an utterly convincing performance as the old Scottish King, belying the fact that McLean is not only young and a woman, but also Australian." – Time Out, London.
Film work includes “A Little Rain Must Fall” (UK), “Sleeper”, “Just Move Your Lips” (UK), “The Return”, “Life of Death” and “Interchange”, amongst others.
In the late 1990’s, she created her own film production outfit, Salmac Productions, under the patronage of respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, known internationally for his starring role as “Sir Humphrey Appleby” in “Yes, Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister” and his Oscar nominated performance in the title role of “The Madness Of King George”. Her association with Sir Nigel continued until his passing in 2001.
Eventually, Sally consolidated all her production and design work under the name Incognita Enterprises. Incognita took over from Salmac and continues working in film and TV production, also bringing professional theatre production, entertainment-related web & graphic design and online merchandising to the work portfolio.
Sally has written and produced four film projects to date, the 45 minute UK drama – “A Little Rain Must Fall” (invited to screen at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival), two shorts in Melbourne (which she also directed) – “fixNATION” (screened on “OutThere”, Foxtel 2005, Selected: Best of Anything Goes Film Screenings 2004, Melbourne), "Brigit & Benny (a modern faerietale)" (Selected: The Festival of the Spirit, US) and the 22 minute mockumentary “Why Must The Show Go On?” (2009), which has just been completed and is now doing the film festival rounds. Additional screen projects include the independently commissioned short documentaries “The Gyuto Monks – An Australian Awakening” (20 mins, 2001) and “The Giant, the Witch and the Waterhorse” (15 mins, 2002).
When not on stage or screen, Sally has worked in production for the Nine Network, Southern Cross Broadcasting, Endemol Southern Star, Freemantle Media and Grundy Television, as well as three years with the BBC in London (during which time she also Chaired the BBC Alternative Program Development and Australian Program Development Committees).
Other work includes 3RPP-FM (co-presenter for the popular “Dawn Patrol” Breakfast program and presenter of Drivetime) and Radio Trader (Advertorials), working for The Buzz music magazine, Fierce.com and The Independent newspaper group as a feature article contributor/reviewer and copywriter for radio stations 3RPP-FM and 3GL.
As a playwright, Sally wrote, directed and produced the Melbourne and regional seasons of her play “Chasing Pegasus (a play in ten chords)” (starring Bridget Neval and Jennifer Hansen), the WW2 play “PS I Love You” (workshop version), and is at present immersed in her current work-in-progress “Bayonets and Bully Beef” (excerpts from which were performed under her direction at the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne in July 2005).
In addition to her continuing acting work, Sally is currently working as co-writer/co-producer on a new Australian comedy series and writer/director for the documentary “Franz Stampfl: The Man Behind The Miracle Mile” – both for television broadcast, as well as co-producing and co-writing two independent feature films – “Christie” (working title) and “Dalny” (working title).
Sally’s most recent acting role was the urbane and polished “Heather” in Adam Zwar’s new comedy series Lowdown, due to air on ABC TV in April 2010.
For more information, visit her official website: http://www.sallymclean.com
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