Leanne Pooley

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Director, Producer, Writer
NZ Arts Foundation - Arts Laureate 2011, Best Director Documentary - NZ Screen Awards 2013, Toronto International Film Festival - People's Choice Award - Documentary -2009, DocEdge Outstanding Contribution to Documentary Award - 2011, Best Documentary - NZ Screen Awards -2006, Best Director Documentary - NZ Screen Awards - 2005, Over 30 International Awards for the films BEYOND THE EDGE and TOPP TWINS UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS

Leanne Pooley is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers having directed over 20 films. She has worked for many of the world's major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic and PBS. Pooley’s documentaries have screened in more than 100 countries and include topics ranging from rugby to the Pope. Her feature films have won over 30 international awards including the People's Choice Award for Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011 Leanne’s work was recognised by the New Zealand Arts Foundation and she was made a New Zealand Arts Laureate.

Spacific Films

Founded in 1997 by New Zealand Arts Laureate Leanne Pooley, Spacific Films is an independent production company based in Auckland, New Zealand. Having won numerous accolades and awards Spacific Films has established a reputation for producing high quality, compelling documentaries for the New Zealand and international market place. Leanne Pooley is best known for the acclaimed films TOPP TWINS – UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS and BEYOND THE EDGE 3D.

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Name Leanne Pooley

Company Spacific Films


Email Address [email protected]

Phone Number +6421 480 698


The titles listed are titles included in the New Zealand Film Commission’s Film library and may not reflect the full screenography.