Sarah Emery

Screen & Photography

Real Bright Hard

Being a teenage girl is real, it’s bright, and it’s hard. But in the wake of her sister’s suicide, twelve-year-old Jess’s life is about to become much harder than she ever anticipated…

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Real Bright Hard is a proof of concept short for a feature film that’s currently in development. It’s a coming of age story about grief, growing up and how difficult it can be to have honest conversations.

Real Bright Hard will be entertaining, thought-provoking and moving. The target audience are pre-teens and teens, and I hope that it is a film that parents will watch with their children.

I am currently putting together a team of early-career filmmakers who have a passion for telling issues-based stories with humour and heart. The aim is to shoot the short film in September 2020 and have post-production wrapped by November 2020.

This project is dear to my heart. The film is set in my home town, Coffs Harbour, and explores an issue that I’m passionate about. Like many Australians, suicide and depression have touched my life in different ways. Over the last ten years, I have worked at the intersection of art and mental health, which has given me insight into how suicide can have a crippling effect on communities. Telling more thoughtful stories in this space, and providing ways for people to have open and honest conversations is essential.

I am seeking crowdfunding support to contribute to the production costs of this project, including artist fees, equipment hire, travel expenses and post-production.

This project has been selected for support by Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH Lab initiative. As part of this, every donation to Real Bright Hard is matched dollar for dollar, up to ten thousand. Also, every donation you make is tax deductable through the Australian Cultural Fund.

Your support would be truly appreciated!!


Sarah Emery



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Sarah Emery is a screenwriter who loves writing stories with humour and heart. She comes to the film industry after extensive experience working in theatre and community arts.

In 2013, she received the Australia Council’s Kirk Robson Award for artistic leadership. Her work has been presented at Sydney Opera House, Darlinghurst Theatre, Riverside Theatre and Luna Park.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she is an avid cheesemaker and loves making halloumi, mascarpone and Greek yoghurt from scratch.


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