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Spacific FilmsSpacific 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.

Founded by ex-BBC director and New Zealand Arts Laureate Leanne Pooley in 1997, Spacific Films has established itself as one of New Zealand’s top niche production houses. Filmography

Leanne has recently directed BEYOND THE EDGE a 3D feature film about the 1953 conquest of Mount Everest.  The film premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013 and was a runner-up  for the People’s Choice Award for Documentary.

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.

Previous documentaries directed by Leanne Pooley  include;
  • 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.
  • 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 Guiltwinner “Best Documentary” 2000 Qantas Media Awards,

For more About Leanne, for latest news on projects go here (latest 3 below) or here to contact us .


Spacific Films: Leanne Pooley – Director / Producer
Following three sold out screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival  BEYOND THE EDGE was a runner-up for the People’s Choice Award for Documentary.
BEYOND THE EDGE Leanne Pooley’s new film about Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest is to have its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Leanne will be attending the festival held between the 5th-15th of September.
Leanne Pooley has begun work on BEYOND THE EDGE a 3D film about New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary.   A General Film Company production, produced by Matthew Metcalfe  the movie is due to be released in 2013 and will tell the story of the historic first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953.
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