Biography

altLeanne Imber has a Master of Arts in Screenwriting, and is a Full Member of the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG). She is also an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Member.

Leanne’s first feature film script, 'A Heartbeat Away', was shortlisted for the Tropfest Development Initiative in 1998.

During 2003 and 2004, Leanne worked as a writer, storyliner and script editor on ‘Neila and the Cozmotones’, a 3-D animation, epic adventure TV series, which received development funding from the Australian Film Commission.

Throughout 2005 and 2006, Leanne wrote and directed the documentary, ‘To Stand Above the Clouds’, following Rex Pemberton’s successful pursuit to become the Youngest Australian to summit Mount Everest. The program was broadcast in Canada, Greece and Spain.

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During 2007, she adapted the novel, 'Whisper', set in 1960s Australia; the story of two girls overcoming racial boundaries to discover that friendship conquers all.

Leanne worked as a script editor on the independent, science fiction, feature film, ‘Alien Inhabitant’, which was released in 2011. It won Best Feature Film at the NorCal Film Festival and Jamfest Film Festival. It also received an Honourable Mention at the LA Movie Awards and LA Art House Film Festival.

Leanne's WWII historical feature film, ‘The End Game’, advanced to the Semi-finals of the 2015 CineStory Fellowship Screenwriting Competition in Los Angeles. This earned her an exclusive invitation to the annual Writers' Retreat in California to receive professional mentoring. Her drama feature film screenplay, 'Silent Hearts', progressed to the Quarter Finals of the 2015 Cinestory Fellowship Screenwriting Competition, and was a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest.

Leanne has written, directed and produced numerous short films which have received industry recognition. They include, ‘The Big Squeeze’ (Comedy): a finalist at the 2000 PVVF (Penrith Valley Video Festival), 1999 Sydney Video & Film Awards, and the 1999 Brekfest Film Festival. ‘Miss Understanding’ (Comedy): a finalist at the 2003 Panthers Valley Video Festival and selected for screening at Shooting West 2004. ‘Life Goes On’ (Drama): selected for screenings at Sydney DV Australia, the Penrith Valley Video Festival in 2001 and Shooting West 2004.

She has also written and directed corporate videos, including, 'Stowe Australia at Fox Studios'.

During 2001 - 2003, Leanne wrote stand-up comedy material for a local comedian to perform at Sydney comedy clubs.

Leanne is a Full Writer Member of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), and a Member of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). In 2012, she was the lyricist and producer of 'Don't Let the Darkness In', a song to raise awareness and funds for the not-for-profit, Black Dog Institute. Australian actress and singer, Jolene Anderson, performed the single. The song received extensive media coverage, and national and international airplay. In 2013, it was on rotation on Qantas' Radio Q ‘Billboard’ for International & Domestic flights.

In 2010, Leanne won the Anaphylaxis Australia short story competition with her story, ‘An Aunt’s Perspective’, and in 2013, wrote the article, ‘The Write Therapy’, published in WellBeing magazine.