Gillian Leahy

GILLIAN LEAHY is anDSC_0457 academic and filmmaker.  She teaches all aspects of filmmaking as Associate Professor in Media Arts and Production at the University of Technology, Sydney and she has made over 16 films, most of which are documentaries.  She is best known for the experimental essay documentary, My Life Without Steve, which garnered Best Film and Best International Film at MIFF and also was selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival (among others) and which had a national theatrical season.  Her film Our Park was nominated as best documentary by the Australian Critics Circle and was voted into the top 10 docos at the Sydney Film Festival.  Both those films are distributed by Ronin Films. Her most recent  work, The Chikukwa Project, is an educational film on a very successful permaculture project in Zimbabwe – the largest permaculture project in the world. (www.thechikukwaproject.com).  She has recently made Baxter and Me, a theatrical documentary about dogs and intimacy, and an autobiographical memoir which traces her and her dog Baxter’s life over a year and then reflects on issues in Gill’s past with intimacy via her dogs, and her past films and causes.