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VIFF Talk with Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer

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Sarah Greenwood, production designer & Katie Spence, set decorator have been close collaborators for 25 years. Together they imagined the worlds of critically acclaimed films like Anna Karenina, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. The duo were recently tapped by Greta Gerwig to bring Barbie Land to life in the record-beating, hottest film of the year, Barbie. The results of their work are truly dazzling.

Join us for a dynamic conversation as the creative duo discuss the collaboration required to pull off a director’s vision and the difference between set design for modern utopias and period pieces, offering us a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes magic.

This talk will be moderated by director and journalist, Chandler Levack (I Like Movies, 2022).


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Media Partner


Sept 29


9:15 pm


International Village

90 min

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Sarah Greenwood

Sarah Greenwood is a six-time Academy Award nominated production designer, earning her most recent acknowledgement for her work on Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour and Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast. Sarah received her previous Oscar nominations for her work with Joe Wright on his acclaimed films Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, for which she won a BAFTA, and Anna Karenina, for which she also won the Art Directors’ Guild Award, The European Film Award, The Evening Standard Award and the Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award.

Sarah has recently finished working on Barbie with Greta Gerwig and Back to Black with Sam Taylor Johnson. She has worked closely for many years with Katie Spencer, her longtime collaborator and set decorator.

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Katie Spencer

At the BBC she met and first worked with production designer Sarah Greenwood, a close collaboration and that has continued for over 20 years. Their work together has ranged from period pieces like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement to the action movies of Sherlock Holmes and Hanna, innovative pieces like Anna Karenina, the musicals Beauty and the Beast and Cyrano, through to their latest collaboration, Barbie.

Katie is a six-time Academy Award nominee and has been nominated for seven BAFTA awards, winning for Atonement. Katie is on the Executive Committee for Production Design at the Academy of Motion Pictures. In May 2024 the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will host an exhibition showcasing the collaboration between Sarah and Katie.

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