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Sandy was born in Sri Lanka, Colombo. Her family moved to Bahrain when she was 7, and then to New Zealand when she was 12. She has moved schools 7 times (in 3 different countries) and was also home-schooled for a year.
After obtaining a Degree in Performing and Screen Arts with a major in Film Production from Unitec in 2013 - Sandy got straight into the industry, producing music videos for Candlelit Pictures, and working in production for many of Auckland’s best producers and directors including Julia Parnell (Notable Pictures), and Roseanne Liang (on ‘Friday Night Bites’).
Her first documentary short film ‘Water for Gold’ premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2016, and went on to play at My Hero Film Festival and others.
Her second documentary ‘Beautiful Democracy’ has been a resource for community activism across New Zealand, and has screened at film festivals and conferences internationally.
She is currently between Botswana, London, and Auckland working on her first feature doc - Ending Violence https://www.endingviolencethefilm.com/
“I can proudly say I truly love my job as a freelance documentary filmmaker and I feel a real sense of purpose with the work I do.”