Sarah Gavron is a documentary and feature film director. While studying directing for fiction film at the National Film and Television School in England, Gavron made the award-winning graduation short film Losing Touch (2000), which went on to be screened at many international film festivals.
After graduating, Gavron directed Girl in the Lay-By (2000) a BAFTA-nominated short for the BBC’s 10x10 series, and Losing Touch (2000), which won a Best Film Award at the London Royal Television Society, a Young Jury Award at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival and Best International Short at the Foyle Film Festival.
In 2003 Gavron directed the tearjerker This Little Life for the BBC. Shot in a documentary style, the film deals with a mother’s attempts to cope with the birth of her extremely premature baby. The film won a Dennis Potter Award, two BAFTA TV Awards, a Banff Rockie Award for Best Made-for-TV Movie and Royal Televison Society Award. Gavron also won the 2003 new talent award from the Women in Film and Television Awards.
Gavron directed her debut theatrical feature, titled Brick Lane, in 2007. An adaptation of a bestselling novel by Monica Ali, the film follows a young Bangladeshi woman pining for her homeland while stuck in a loveless arranged marriage in 1980s London. The film won a Silver Hitchcock at the 2007 Dinard British Film Festival and a C.I.C.A.E. Award at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival.