Leonora Lonsdale is an award-winning British filmmaker and commercial director. She received her M.F.A. from Tisch, New York University's prestigious graduate film programme, which she attended on the W.T.C. Johnson scholarship.
She is known for creating immersive, visually rich worlds full of character and portraying authentic relationships onscreen. One of the most exciting emerging talents for British film making today, she already has an impressive mix of documentary, short and long form films complete 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 with a natural effortless talent to tell stories that capture imagination.
Her short films Bella Fleace Gave A Party and Lyra, were collectively nominated for a student Academy Award, the Liberty Global International Student Filmmaker Award and received a Hollywood Foreign Press Association grant.
In support of the National Literacy Trust for World Book Day 2018, Lonsdale wrote and directed ‘A Girl Who Reads…Can Dream’. Praised by Campaign, it highlights the significance of empowering women worldwide through literacy, seen through a child’s imagination. An impressive feat, the ad was created with an all female cast and crew.
Funded by the BFI and Creative England’s prestigious Emerging Talent fund, Lonsdale’s latest short ‘Beast’ starring Billie Piper, Sinead Cusack and Poppy Polivnick, is a gothic fairytale that follows three generations of women dealing with the aftermath of divorce.
‘Beast’ is currently showing at festivals across the world, having won Voice Of Woman She Says / VOWSS 2018 Award in Cannes, and Best Narrative Short at Woodstock Film Festival in New York.