Sam is a queer writer/director for film & theatre.
Sam Arbor won the BFI's annual "most promising talent" award at aged 16, with a prize of funding to make a short. Sam wrote and directed short film Lifeline, which won the Best Narrative Short Kidseye Award at the Oscar/BAFTA qualifying Best Narrative Short Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival 2016. Recently, Sam has created a short for the BFI / British Council's prestigious More Films for Freedom fund. Sam is assistant to BAFTA winning director Euros Lyn (Broadchurch, Black Mirror, Doctor Who, Happy Valley.) on new major Netflix queer series Heartstopper.
Sam writes and directs new plays. Recently, 'butterfly' played at the VAULT Festival 2020, and received rave reviews. The Guardian said "this is a brilliant show full of heart – it’s history that is far from dull and has been smacked through a queer kaleidoscope of charm, dark humour and vibrancy." Sam has been Assistant Director on CHAOS at the Bristol Old Vic.
Sam is represented by Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen.