Tragedy when young Australian actress suddenly dies after starring in award-winning film: ‘We will never forget your beautiful smile’
- Sariah Saibu from Perth passed away suddenly last month
- She starred in a 2021 award-winning short film
- Lovers say she radiated “love and light.”
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A young Australian actress and model from Western Australia has died suddenly.
Sariah Saibu, who starred in the 2021 award-winning short film Beautiful They, passed away on January 30.
A devastated family member broke the news online, saying the Perth artist radiated both “love and light” and “may her radiant soul continue to shine.”
“This morning we lost our darling Sariah,” her aunt Cassandra Colvin wrote.
“I am struggling to find the words to express the sadness that I and her family are feeling at this time.
Sariah Saibu (pictured), who starred in an award-winning short film, passed away on Jan. 30
“RIP beautiful – all our love always.”
Saibu played Violet alongside Australian actor Morgan Davies’ character, Blue, in Beautiful They, which screened at the Tribecca Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival.
The clip, directed by Cloudy Rhodes, is a coming-of-age LGBTQI surf fromance that explores the nuances of gender.
In 2021, the work won the Australian Director’s Guild’s Best Direction of a Short Film and was nominated for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ (AACTA) Best Short Form Drama.
The following year, the film was awarded the 2022 winner of Queer Screen Mardi Gras for Best Film and City Of Melbourne’s Best Australian Short Film.
Saibu also modeled and performed as a backup dancer for music videos, including San Cisco’s 2017 hit SloMo and Catlips’ Silver Smoke, released in 2015.
Friends have flocked online to pay tribute to the ‘kind’ and ‘bubbly’, who have built a community of friends in both Perth and Darwin.
Saibu played Violet in Beautiful They, a romantic youth film that will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2021
Directed by Cloudy Rhodes, the film won several awards shortly after its release
“Saria is the queen, the karaoke king, the star and the icon,” friend Blue Bradshaw wrote on GoFundMe.
‘The princess of not only Perth, but also of Darwin. The protagonist of our lives and jewel of our hearts.’
“Sarah has made a lasting impression on her community, which has been felt and greatly appreciated by her family and closest friends.”
Another friend described Saibu as a “vibrant, beautiful soul” with a “wonderful sense of humour.”
“She always had time for a chat and poured her whole heart into her friends and her passions,” they said.
“Rest in strength Sariah, we will not forget you.”
The fundraiser, which will help her family cover the cost of memorials in both cities, has raised $4,896 since it launched on Wednesday.
Saibu will be said goodbye at a service at Kidogo Art House Fremantle on February 15 and at a ceremony at Garramilla, Darwin, in March.
Sariah has been remembered as a ‘bubbly person’ and a ‘beautiful soul’