The success that Prime Video has seen from local shows on a global scale in the last 12 months is beyond impressive. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart has become the most successful Australian Original worldwide. The Class of ’07 has also established a loyal fanbase, particularly resonating with hard-to-reach young adult audiences and cracking the Top 10 list in the USA.
While she hopes everything she works on will become a massive hit, Sarah admits that sometimes it can be hard to tell how something will be received.
Take the crime satire series Deadloch. Despite its quintessentially Australian ocker humour, it has fast found a place in the zeitgeist. Since its June launch, the series has reached the Top 10 TV shows in more than 165 countries and territories including the US, the UK and Canada.
“It’s always the goal that we want to be creating a hit,” she says. “When I’m reviewing a great script, it really does stand out but what is exciting is that it does take a leap of faith to take a good idea and work together as a team to make it something great that speaks to the people in Australia or over the world.”
Next up, we’ll be seeing her put a new twist on a classic. An Australian version of The Office will be hitting the screen in 2024, and in a world first, a female boss will be taking centre stage. Felicity Ward is taking on the role of the protagonist, Hannah Howard, the managing director of a packaging company.
“Felicity is so phenomenal in that lead role,” she says. “She has great comedy chops but is also just as flawed in as many ways as her predecessors like Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and David Brent (Ricky Gervais). I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”