Spacific Films is an independent production company based in Auckland, New Zealand with a reputation for producing high quality, compelling documentaries for the New Zealand and International market place.
Leanne has recently directed Shackleton’s Captain a feature length dramatised documentary about Frank Worsley. Worsley was Captain of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance which was crushed by pack-ice off the coast of Antarctica in 1915. After surviving nearly 2 years on the ice Worsley navigated a lifeboat 800 miles across the Southern Ocean to seek help. His feat is considered one of the greatest examples of seamanship of all time. The film was produced by Making Movies (NZ) and gebrueder-beetz filmproduktion (Germany). For release this year. Click on title above to see trailer.
Spacific Films has just completed Finding Mercy. Produced by Leanne Pooley and directed by Robyn Paterson, this feature documentary tells the heart breaking story of two little girls, one black and one white, and a friendship which came to represent the lost promise of Zimbabwe.
- Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls a theatrical feature about the lives of lesbian, singing, twin sister duo, the Topp Twins. This film was directed by Leanne Pooley and is produced by Diva Films. Untouchable Girls has won 21 International Awards including “Audience Awards” at The Toronto International Film Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival and the Gothenburg International Film Festival. It also won “Best Feature Film” at the Qantas Film & Television Awards 2009. Click on title above to see trailer.
- For a full list of Topp Twins festival screenings and awards go to listings
- Haunting Douglas which has been highly successful on the international film festival circuit and won the “Best Director” and “Best Editor” awards at the 2005 New Zealand Screen Awards as well as “Best Documentary” at the International Reel Dance Awards.
- The Promise about voluntary euthanasia which won the 2006 New Zealand Screen Awards for “Best Documentary” and “Best Cinematography”
- Being Billy Apple, about the man who made himself a living work of art, in 2007.
- Try Revolution completed in 2006, which explores how rugby was used to help bring down South Africa’s Apartheid regime; and features Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
- Kiwi Buddha which screened on the National Geographic Network;
- Relative Guilt – winner “Best Documentary” 2000 Qantas Media Awards,
- Finding Mercy , the story of two little girls, one black and one white and a friendship that came to represent the lost promise that was Zimbabwe.
Spacific Films: Leanne Pooley – Director / Producer