Sascha Ettinger Epstein
Sascha Ettinger Epstein is a documentary director/shooter known for raw, observational character-driven Australian stories.
Her first film PAINTING WITH LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD about underbelly street photographer Peter Darren Moyle, which collected various accolades, was the beginning of an exploration of beauty in darkness which has preoccupied Sascha throughout her artistic career.
Her following films THE OASIS, a longitudinal observational study of an inner city Salvation Army youth refuge, the ten-years-later sequel LIFE AFTER THE OASIS, PLAYING IN THE SHADOWS, about an after dark basketball tournament for kids from a notorious housing estate in Woolloomooloo, and DESTINATION ARNOLD, following two female Aboriginal bodybuilding women, have continued the same theme.
Sacha’s documentary THE PINK HOUSE, about the last original brothel in Kalgoorlie, recently won Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival. Sascha has also worked on commercial television series such as RECRUITS, KINGS CROSS ER and KALGOORLIE COPS, and created advertising work such as 2020VISION, a global webisode series about the future of television.
Sascha studied Communications (Hons 1st Class) at UTS and later completed an MA in Documentary Directing at AFTRS. As an avid environmentalist Sascha also has shot pro bono for NGOs such as Bush Heritage Fund, Greenpeace, Lock the Gate and SurfAid.
Film Director: Shark Island Institute