Researcher and documentary film maker. Co-founder of Tonal.
Leah has professional skills in digital editing, film and sound recording and produces promotional documentary films for artists and musicians in the UK and abroad.
Her previous employment with Sky News offered a unique vantage point to explore international current affairs and gain technical skills. She continued to work freelance for Sky News and Tonal to self-fund her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at SOAS, where she graduated with honours. After eight years in London, she was awarded a place on the highly competitive Research Master’s program at the African Studies Centre in the Netherlands. She gained funding to complete six-months of ethnographic field-research on circus performance in Ethiopia and was awarded with a distinction for her thesis: Juggling Agendas: Circus in Ethiopia (2011)
Watch Leah’s latest promotional documentary for The Saturday Book.
In Ethiopia Leah worked with Circus Debre Berhan, Circus Awassa, One Love Theatre and the Theatre Studies department at Addis Ababa Universtity. Watch her beautiful short film featuring Circus Debre Berhan performing to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Since returning to the UK, Leah has continued to freelance with Tonal and delivers undergraduate lectures and creative workshops on Theatre for Development in Africa and beyond. Leah is inspired by the relationship between performance and society and cultural influences in the arts. Her work for Tonal includes:
Tonal celebrates 10 years with a new album ’10’ by Sarah Llewellyn, Claire-Rose Barbier and The Tonal Ensemble
Collaboration with Circus Debre Birhan in Ethiopia
ALBUM OUT NOW – Giffords Circus’ 2012 show, directed by Cal McCrystal. Composer and musical director Sarah Llewellyn led a 10 piece live band with a toe-tapping and tantalizing score to accompany Giffords’ most glamorous show.
A new film by Anchovy Pictures. Set in the Paris graveyard, this is a wonderfully bizarre comedy following theself-discovery of two lovers in a Parisian necropolis. First Prize Winner of Rhode Island International Film Festival for best short film.
The spectacular and magical Giffords Circus recruited Sarah Llewellyn as musical director for their critically acclaimed 2008 show, ‘Caravan’.