Sarah Gavron

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Sarah Gavron
Born (1970-04-20) April 20, 1970 (age 46)
United Kingdom
Occupation Film director
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) David Katznelson
Children 2
Parent(s) Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron
Nicky Gavron

Sarah Gavron (born 20 April 1970) is a British film director.


Gavron is the daughter of British printing millionaire, philanthropist and Labour Life Peer, Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron and Nicky Gavron, who is a member of the London Assembly and was previously a Deputy Mayor of London. Gavron was educated at Camden School for Girls.[1] She graduated from the University of York with a BA in English in 1992[2] and an MA in film studies from Edinburgh College of Art when it was associated with Heriot-Watt University.[3] She then worked for the BBC for three years. She went on to study feature film directing at the National Film and Television School in London. The actor Rafi Gavron is the son of her half-brother, Simon Gavron.

Gavron is married to cinematographer David Katznelson, and they have two children.[4]


Gavron began her film career making documentaries, a field that seemed "more accessible at that point," but kept returning to narrative filmmaking because of her desire to tell stories.[5]

Gavron made her feature film debut in 2007 with an adaptation of Monica Ali's novel Brick Lane.

In 2015 she directed the film Suffragette about a fictional working-class suffragette played by Carey Mulligan. The film was acquired by Focus Features (originally Relativity) in March 2015.[6] The film premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival.



Sarah Gavron was nominated for the BAFTA Award and BIFA Award for best director in 2007 for her film Brick Lane. The film won a Silver Hitchcock and best screenplay at the Dinard Festival of British Cinema.[7] She received the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award from the Hamptons International Film Festival for directing the movie Suffragette, as well as the Mill Valley Film Festival's Audience Award (Mind the Gap), also for directing that film.[8]


  1. ^ Interview: film maker Sarah Gavron | Media | The Guardian
  2. ^ "Brick Lane - The journey from stage to screen". Grapevine. Alumni Office, University of York (Spring 2008): 14. 
  3. ^ "Successes at Heriot-Watt University". The Herald. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Falk, Quentin. "Sarah Gavron: Interview". 
  5. ^ "Sarah Gavron: On Directing". BAFTA Guru. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Focus Features to Release SUFFRAGETTE". Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Mowe, Richard (2007-10-08). "Hallam Foe takes top prize at French festival". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Suffragette (2015) Awards". IMDB. 

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