Pressing play on film, then pausing to comment, Play / Pause presents the best and the rest of cinema.

From blockbuster franchise features to art-house offerings, new releases to retrospective efforts of all genres and styles, Play / Pause captures the breadth of the cinematic experience.

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Sarah WardAs a very young child, legend has it, Sarah was scared out of her wits by the Michael Jackson featurette / film clip “Thriller” (an eerily prophetic reaction to the king of pop, it must be said). Luckily despite her tender years she lived to tell the tale, and overcame her scare by becoming scarily obsessed with film and television, converting her passion to home entertainment with the affordability of the humble VHS and the subsequent proliferation of DVDs and Blu-rays (the release of Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer in Region 4 also helped).

A compulsive consumer of all things movie related (and frequent purchaser of DVDs, as her alphabetised collection can attest), as well as a constant source of cinema tidbits and trivia thanks to four years at film school and countless years working in the industry, Sarah began reviewing for community radio and various arts and culture websites in 2003, before moving to the DVD reviewing realm in 2004. Further stints critiquing movies for a series of digital content channels followed, as well as time served in film public relations for a major distribution company.

Of late, the film festival marketing manager by day, film critic by night cultivates her love of all things cinema on Play / Pause, and freelances anywhere and everywhere that will have her – including writing about classic releases and prominent posters at AtTheCinema, blogging with KOFFIA and the Spanish Film Festival, contributing to SBS Film’s Social Review, Arts Hub and Trespass Magazine, podcasting with Hell Is For Hyphenates and waxing lyrical as a guest host on The Film Pie’s ABC Digital radio show.

A member of the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) – which in turn is a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) – she is often found in darkened theatres or glued to her TV screen, and dreams of making a living doing what she loves, but will settle for free DVDs and movie tickets in the interim.