Sarah Ward


Sarah Ward is a Brisbane-based film critic who contributes to a range of publications including Arts Hub and Screen Daily


Exploring the films of Cate Shortland, the Australian director of Black Widow

Sarah WardFeatures

Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland has landed one of the most coveted directing gigs in cinema: helming the forthcoming Black Widow movie. It’s fantastic news for Australian filmmaking, giving one of the country’s top talents a big-budget showcase. It’s also excellent news for Marvel fans. While a film about Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is long overdue – the […]

The best and worst Frankenstein films

Sarah WardFeatures

In 1816, during a cold Swiss summer, Mary Shelley conjured up a ghost story that would stand the test of time. As Haifaa al-Mansour’s new biopic Mary Shelley depicts, the then 18-year-old took part in a friendly writing contest with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, stepsister Claire Clairmont, and their friends Lord Byron and John […]

Ant-Man and the Wasp review: a fun sequel but it feels smaller, not bigger

Sarah WardReviews

When Marvel gets goofy, it usually gets fun. Twenty titles into the comic-book brand’s sprawling cinematic universe, many of its most memorable movies have abandoned superhero seriousness and intermittent sly wisecracks for more amusing and even silly fare. The fish-out-of-water, gods-versus-humans antics of the Thor films led to Thor: Ragnarok’s feast of irreverent wonders. The […]