London based Leonora Lonsdale received her M.F.A. in filmmaking from Tisch, New York University’s prestigious graduate film program, which she attended on the W.T.C. Johnson scholarship. Through her work she is known to create immersive, visually rich worlds full of character; portraying authentic relationships onscreen with an already impressive mix of documentary, short and long form films completed and in production. Lonsdale’s work is consistently powerful, her style honest and poetic, introducing us to faces and worlds that charm us – she is part of a talented and diverse new wave of directors shaping the film world and creating their own opportunities.
Her first short film ‘Bella Fleace Gave A Party’ was nominated for a Student Academy Award and the Liberty Global Student Filmmaker Award. She also completed ‘Lyra’, a short starring Erin Darke which was a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association grant.
Lonsdale was a co-writer/director on the collaborative feature ‘Black Dog, Red Dog’ made with James Franco, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Chloé Sevigny and Logan Marshall-Green which premiered at The Guanajuanto Film Festival. Her most recent short film ‘Beast’ starring Billie Piper, Sinead Cusack and Poppy Polivnick is a gothic fairytale. Loosely inspired by novelist Angela Carter, it follows three generations of women dealing with the aftermath of divorce. Funded by the BFI and Creative England’s prestigious Emerging Talent fund, the film is set to release in 2017.