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PILI is nominated for a BAFTA!

Leanne and producer Sophie Harman have both been named as British Academy

Film Award nominees in the Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Writer or 

Producer category.

The ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 10th February.

And it will be broadcast live on BBC 1.  

Full list of nominees here


PILI DVD Release

Just in time for Christmas you can get hold of a copy 

of PILI on DVD here:



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BIFA Nomination

Leanne has been nominated for the prestigious 

Douglas Hixcok Award for Best Debut Director

by the British Independent Film Awards 2018 for PILI

You can see the whole list of nominees here:



4 star review from Attitude Magazine.



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PILI reviewed in November 2018 edition of Sight & Sound:

"With a vivid colour palette courtesy of cinematographer Craig Dean Devine and an engrossing lead performance from Rashid, PILI transforms a simple tale into a substantial film.  It's a very moving story, if far from melodramatic - knotty moral quandaries such as these are the stuff of stimulating drama."




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Peter Bradshaw reviews PILI in the Guardian:

"Here is the opportunity, here are the people with buying power, here are the forces of capital that Pili must negotiate as best she can. This is a thoughtful film."




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Kicking off with 4 out of 5 stars from Time Out



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PILI at the East End Film Festival 2018

The London premiere of PILI will take place at this years East End Film Festival on FRIDAY 13th APRIL 2018 at the excellent independent Genesis cinema!

The screening is at 8:45pm and will be followed by a Director Q&A.

Get your tickets here!:





Leanne Selected as a Star of Tomorrow 2017

Screen International has just announced its selection for the prestigious annual talent showcase spotlighting the hottest up and coming actors, writers, directors and producers in the UK and Ireland.  

Matt Mueller, editor of Screen International, said: “Every year it is a pleasure to unveil our latest UK & Ireland Stars of Tomorrow to the world, and we are thrilled to announce this year’s list. They are a hugely talented and diverse group of actors, screenwriters, directors and producers with very bright futures in the industry ahead of them.

Read Leanne's Star of Tomorrow profile here:


And check out the full list of Stars here:




PILI Triumphs At the Dinard British Film Festival!


PILI fended off some fierce competition from the likes of Jawbone, A Prayer Before Dawn & England Is Mine to take home TWO awards at the Dinard British Film Festival!

  • AUDIENCE AWARD for Best Film

  • SPECIAL MENTION from the Jury for the Screenplay

Head of the Jury Nicole Garcia say "We loved the story and we adored this film." Industry heavyweight and fellow juror Michael Ryan said: "What we're here to do is celebrate cinema, and the extraordinary way this film was put together is the real art of making independent film."

The full list of winners can be found here.






THE WARNING - Latest project officially announced


Leanne's latest project THE WARNING has been announced.  Oscar-nominated James Schamus's Symbolic Exchange will partner with UK outfit Parkville Pictures.


Read the whole story here:






PILI - World Premiere


PILI will premiere in Competition at this year's 28th Edition of the Dinard British Film Festival 2017.

Competing alongside five major titles including the recent Morrissey biopic England Is Mine, PILI is in the running for several awards including the 'Golden Hitchcock' for best film... watch this space!

You can see the full lineup here:






PILI - Official Trailer


Ahead of its world premiere in 2017, watch the teaser trailer for Leanne's debut feature film PILI.  Find out more about the film on its Facebook page or IMBD.






THE RED ZONE nominated by UN Film Festival

A short documentary Leanne made about Sorie, Sewa and Yokie, three best friends in Sierra Leone who fought and survived Ebola, has been nominated for an award at the Conscious Good Humanitarian Film Festival.







KEEP ON RUNNING - Official Trailer


Check out the trailer for Leanne's debut feature documentary about Sierra Leone's little-known marathon champions.








This month saw the end of principal photography on Leanne's debut feature film Pili, a drama set in rural Tanzania.


The film is currently in post-production.  You can read more about the project and its origin on producer Sophie Harman's blog:







KEEP ON RUNNING featured in The Observer

Leanne's documentary KEEP ON RUNNING about Sierra Leone's national marathon champions, took an unexpected turn.  Read about it in the Observer:





BIG GIRL in The Sunday Times


Leanne's Channel 4 drama is named  'Critics Choice' (July 2013)



BIG GIRL in The Observer


The Observer reviews Leanne's Channel 4 drama:

'A touching, accomplished debut' (July 2013)




Leanne is interviewed by Company Magazine (July 2013)

Full article here:





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