Sara West and Ian Meadows in ‘Dead Lucky’ (Photo: Daniel Asher Smith)

Sara West starred as a young woman who takes on the church where she was sexually abused at school, aided by a lawyer played by Rachel Griffiths in Tori Garrett’s drama Don’t Tell.

They teamed up again – this time as adversaries – in Subtext Pictures’ four-part crime thriller Dead Lucky, which premieres on SBS at 9.30 tonight.

West plays the pregnant sister of Ian Meadows’ character who is hunted by detectives played by Griffiths and Yoson An, who suspect he is a violent fugitive who robbed a convenience store.

She relished playing a woman who protects her brother, frustrating the cops, in the series created and written by Subtext Pictures’ Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt and directed by David Caesar.

Rising star Mojean Aria (Danger Close) plays Mani, an Iranian medical student who works at the convenience store run by greedy owners.

After watching the first two episodes on Monday she tells IF: “It’s bloody beautiful. Stoked to be a small part of this hugely evolving story.”

Co-incidentally  she was cast as a medical student named Karla who is desperate to find a cure for her brother Blake (Benson Jack Anthony), who has a terminal sleepless illness, in Daniel J. Phillips’  debut feature Awoken.

“Blake is in a very dangerous situation and Karla will go to any lengths to save him,” she says. She avoids watching the rushes, confessing, “That would make me very self-conscious.”

Rialto will distribute the film produced by McMahon International’s Craig McMahon, Meridian Pictures’ Charles Billeh and Phillips in Australia/New Zealand.

West and Romper Stomper’s Toby Wallace star in Tom Noakes’ Nursery Rhymes, which has been nominated for an AACTA award for best short fiction.

Wallace portrays a tattooed Metalhead musician who stumbles on an horrific car accident on a lonely highway, with West as his partner.

Earlier this year she wrote and directed the short Disco Dykes, which features Jordan Cowan as an outcast who questions her own sexuality, even more so when her mother gets a girlfriend.

West is developing several projects with her producer Cowan including Fish Bone, a TV series about a group of women who decide to enter a fishing competition, and a feature set in the 1990s about two female video gamers who take on the boys.


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