Sarah Leigh

Sarah Leigh is a neurodivergent/disabled working-class filmmaker and advocate.

She is the founder of INCLUSIVITY FILMS – a company committed to at least 50% of cast and crew identifying as d/Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent on every production. She was supported in 2022 by Creative UK/BFI, and was a Women in Film & Television UK mentee for 2023. She is also the co-founder, alongside Diane Janssen, of INCLUSIVE TALENT, a talent agency for underrepresented actors.

Sarah adapted and directed the award-winning screenplay of short film TYPICAL?, which one Best Marginalised Short in the Disability category at the BIG SYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2023. It’s also currently in the Official Selection at the Oscar-qualifying CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. She also wrote & directed the adapted screenplay ONE FOR THE ROAD based upon a Stephen King short story. Sarah’s screenplay, ONE DAY, was an Official Selection in the Screenplay category of the BAFTA/Oscar-qualifying festival FLICKERS’ RHODE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL in 2022.

Sarah is a mother to two boys, one of whom is disabled, and her advocacy work includes developing Healthcare Passports with the NHS for children with complex needs and disabilities, and campaigning for CHANGING PLACES toilets. She consults on access and equitable workplaces & practices within the screen industries, and is on the EDI Advisory Group of CREATIVE UK. She was an actor for 15 years and prior to this worked in TV news.