Leanne Pooley


Leanne Pooley is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers having directed over 20 films. In 2011 Leanne’s work was recognized by the New Zealand Arts Foundation and she was made a New Zealand Arts Laureate. In February 2016 Leanne was the recipient of the WOMEN IN FILM AND TV-NZ (WIFT) Award for “Achievement in Film”.
Pooley’s films have screened in more than 100 countries, on most of the world’s major broadcasters and include topics ranging from rugby to the Pope. Her independent production company is Spacific Films.
Leanne Pooley has received numerous awards for her large body of work, including 25 April (an animated feature about the ill-fated WWI Gallipoli campaign, Beyond the Edge (a 3-D feature), Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls (Theatrical Documentary).
Leanne has served as a judge for the International Emmy Awards, has extensive teaching experience, and has published several articles on documentary filmmaking.