A graduate of The Actors’ Institute, London, actor/writer Sally McLean co-wrote and co-produced the successful 45 minute feature A Little Rain Must Fall (invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival) which premiered at Ealing Studios, London in July 1997 with Sally in the role of "Andy". She made her debut film as writer/director/producer with the short film fixNATION in 2004 (screened on OutThere, Foxtel 2005, Selected: Best of Anything Goes Film Screenings 2004, Melbourne), going on to complete her second short film Brigit & Benny (a modern faerietale) (Selected: The Festival of the Spirit, US) in 2005 with her in the role of "Brigit". Sally then co-wrote, co-Executive Produced and played the lead of "Madeleine La Roy" in the 25 minute short film Why Must The Show Go On?, which is now being developed into a six part TV series for television and interactive online broadcast.
BBC Single Drama & Film (now BBC Film) wrote of A Little Rain Must Fall:
" ... immensely enjoyable ... wonderfully realistic ... refreshing ... The cast played their well defined characters superbly without exception ... (the dramatic events in the film) were handled both by the cast and writers with skill and sensitivity."
Prior to this, she worked in production with the BBC in both their Music & Arts and Commercial Channels Depts. (now UKTV Channels), during which time she Chaired the BBC Alternative Program Development Unit and Australian Program Development Unit, submitting several successful television program proposals to the Controllers of BBC1 & 2.
Since her return to Australia, alongside her acting career, she has worked in production for Channel 9, Southern Cross Broadcasting, Freemantle Media and Endemol Southern Star on programs such as Big Brother, Comedy Inc. and 1 vs 100.
Sally's professional memberships include the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), as well as being a Professional Member of the Australian Film Institute and AACTA, serving as an AFI Award Juror for both the 2009 & 2010 AFI Awards, and again for the AACTA Awards in 2013 & 2015. She has also had the pleasure of serving as a Juror for the 2014-2016 ATOM Awards in the Best Documentary Award categories. She is also a previous member of British Equity.
Her first play as writer/director/producer, Chasing Pegasus: A Play in Ten Chords (written and workshopped in 2003), premiered in October 2006 as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, with her in the role of "Katherine". Her second theatre production, again as writer/director/producer, P.S I Love You, premiered in July 2004, again to full audiences, with her in the role of "Elsie". Excerpts from her second WW2 play Bayonets and Bully Beef, were showcased under her direction at the Your Text Here playwrights' showcase at the Melbourne Arts Centre in July 2005.
Theatre Alive (an Arts Victoria initiative) wrote of Chasing Pegasus (a play in ten chords):
"...confronting, thought provoking and engaging ... an experience that shouldn't be missed."
As an actor, Sally’s film credits include roles in numerous independent short and feature films in both Australia and the UK. She has also played leading roles in over thirty Australian and UK stage productions including the Australian Premier of the off-Broadway hit, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change with Julia Morris and Matt Hetherington, at the Athenaeum Theatre, during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and a vast array of roles in UK and Australian television including Jack Irish, Utopia, The Worst Year of My Life - Again!, The Bazura Project, Comedy Inc., Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Lowdown, Totally Full Frontal, The D Generation and the BBC mini-series Bootleg in the lead role of "Angie Powers". She continues to work primarily as an actor, producing her various writing and directing projects under the Incognita banner.
Other projects currently in production on Incognita's slate written, directed and produced by Sally, include the documentary Champion (working title) and the award-winning webseries Shakespeare Republic (Silver Gaddy Award for Best Mobisode or Web Short, Peak City International Film Festival, Best Picture (Web Series), Best Director, Best Cinematographer and Best Actor, Indiepossible International Film Festival and Best Web Series, 12 Month Film Festival), starring Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Rowena Hutson, Billy Smedley and Ben Steel, which has now screened at twenty one film festivals worldwide and is going into pre-production for Season Two. Projects in development, written by Sally, include the international feature film Dalny and the play 'Till The Boys Come Home, due for production in 2017.