“Lambs of God” sets a new benchmark for Sarah Lambert
Sarah Lambert on the set of “Lambs of God”.
While Foxtel Lambs of God May well represent the pinnacle of Sarah Lambert’s 20-year career, the writer / producer’s workload and reputation are set to reach new heights over the next two years.
The prolific Lambert juggles four top international TV series and two other projects. If they all get up, she might have to clone herself.
First, she wrote the pilot of Traces, an 8-part drama based on an actual criminal case in Italy that was transplanted to Australia. Review of a miscarriage of justice, it is being developed as a co-production between Martha Coleman and Lauren Edwards of RevLover Films and Vincent Sheehan and Liz Watts of Porchlight Films.
Currently, she is attacking the pilot for Alice Hart’s Lost Flowers (working title) for Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson and Steve Hutensky of Made Up Stories. Adapted from Holly Ringland’s novel, the drama / mystery spans 30 years and revolves around a young girl whose violent childhood casts a dark shadow over her adult life.
After a family tragedy, 9-year-old Alice is raised by her grandmother in the native Australian flower language as a way to express things too hard to say.
“Holly Ringland’s novel is about domestic violence and the resulting intergenerational trauma, told in an extraordinary voice that is full of hope, wonder, resilience and looks at how we can heal,” Lambert said, who will serve as showrunner on this production.
Also on its list is a true story thriller set in Australia in the 1960s for Easy Tiger by Ian Collie and an unidentified American production partner. In addition, she is working on an original project that is close to her heart with a British production company which will be announced in the coming months.
Lambert draws on the expertise of several writers to help with workshop ideas and is a strong supporter of the Writer’s Room collaboration, recently working with Kirsty Fisher (Ugly, Family Law) and former Foxtel drama director Kim Wilson (A place to call home) to Alice Hart’s Lost Flowers. Wilson also worked on the development of Traces.
Directed by Jeffrey Walker and produced by Jason Stephens, Elisa Argenzio and Lambert of Lingo Pictures, Lambs of God was a “big calling card” that allowed him to create a world on a much bigger canvas.
“Lambs of God” (Photo: Mark Rogers).
Marele Day’s book is a brilliant novel, she says, but it’s rare for a screenwriter here to be encouraged to be bold and push the boundaries of storytelling in the way Foxtel and Stephens backed her with. Lambs of God. His scripts have been nominated for an AWGIE Award for a TV movie or mini-series lasting up to four hours.
While writing the miniseries, she saw Ann Dowd as antagonist-turned-hero Patti Levin on HBO. Leftovers and figured she would be ideal for the role of older sister Sister Margarita, not knowing if she would be available.
She sparked the craziness of Jessica Barden’s character in the Channel 4 series The end of the fucking world perfect for the role of Sister Carla.
When Essie Davis was suggested for Sister Iphigeneia, she jumped at the idea, observing, “She is such an amazing chameleon and a powerful actress. She was very present in my head when I wrote the last two eps.
Looking at his schedule, she says, “Everything I do these days I think he has to say something important or watch something that we have to look at as a society. I’m excited about shows that have a unique voice and are courageous, and I want to be a part of them.
“The last two years have been pretty epic for me and it continues to be. As a freelance writer you develop so many different shows; sometimes they come at the same time, which is wonderful and exhausting. I am extremely grateful and very fortunate that all the people I work with are people I love and trust.