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Clean - behind the scenes

Director Lachlan McLeod discusses documenting the life and work of trauma cleaner Sandra Pankhurst in the feature documentary, Clean.

When documentary filmmaker Lachlan McLeod came across the incredible Sandra Pankhurst, he felt her life story – and work in trauma cleaning – deserved its own feature. 

McLeod says it took some time to establish the trust needed to document Sandra and her teams in their work. “I think it took about a year before she started to trust us and trust the crew and we could willingly rock up and film whatever event was happening,” he says.

In this behind-the-scenes video, McLeod talks about the challenging nature of trauma cleaning, the importance of the work is to society and the impact the filming experience had on him personally.

Clean is screening in selected cinemas nationally from 15 September 2022.