About Me

Leanne Mangan bio


Leanne Mangan is a screenwriter based in Sydney, Australia.

She graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama. Initially a performer (training at The Actor’s Centre amongst others), she went on to act in many plays and musicals, as well as doing short films and extra work in film and TV.

Seeing a lack of roles for women over 40, Leanne began to write for performance. For the Sydney Fringe Festival she wrote, performed in and produced the alt/goth musical In Between Days (at the King St Theatre in 2013). She wrote another musical in 2015, Sci-fi Love Story, as yet unproduced.

In 2016 she studied the Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting for Series TV. She developed one script exercise from the course into a short film script – The Morning After – which was later nominated for the 2018 AWG Monte Miller Awards, and saw her inducted into the AWG Pathways Program.

Leanne assembled a crew through Filmmaker Abroad and shot the short film on location in Siem Reap, Cambodia in September 2016 (self-funded). She was script edited and mentored in directing by Sean Cousins (lecturer in film at Melbourne SAE and Filmmaker Abroad director).

In 2017 she completed Semester 1 of the Advanced Diploma in Script Editing for Production, gaining greater insight into script structure, and gaining experience in script editing, script coverage, and writing script notes.

So far this year she has travelled to Cambodia where The Morning After was an official selection in the Cambodia International Film Festival. The film has been an official selection in many festivals here and abroad, and its inclusion in the For Films Sake festival enabled it to be entered in the 2018 AACTA Awards.

She has also co-written and co-produced a second short film – Remote Access – with Michela Carattini, and this was filmed over the Easter weekend. The film is currently in post-production.

For the latest, go to the News section – more to come!


The Morning After

A backpacker wakes at dawn in a rice paddy field outside Siem Reap, with no knowledge of how he got there, what happened the night before – or where his girlfriend is.

Currently in the Pathways Showcase after being shortlisted in the 2018 Monte Miller Award, and was a semi-finalist in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices screenwriting contest. It has just been named a quarter-finalist in the 2018 PAGE Awards.

Remote Access

When a couple break up, a rash decision by ex-boyfriend Ben to post his frustration online leads to serious consequences for his ex-girlfriend Abby, both online and in real life.

It has been made into a short film, currently in post-production.

Leanne has also been working on a dramedy about three very different middle-aged women getting back in the game of life, tentatively titled APPsent, a sitcom/web series DISBOS, a one hour sci-fi episode and a horror feature.

Blogging & Magazine Work

Leanne has been a content creator since the early 2000’s, beginning with Live Journal – where she adopted the moniker of Trashtastika, which she uses to this day.

She was Fashion Editor for dark alternative magazine Fiend for several years from 2006 (when it relaunched in Sydney), writing fashion roundups and organising and styling the fashion shoots.

In October 2009 she started the blog TheFashionateTraveller.com, which went for 5 years and largely detailed her travels (especially to Japan), as well as alternative fashion and nightlife.

Trashtastika.com started in 2013, when Leanne was moving away from the gothic lolita scene, and focussing more on writing and general travel. While it is still active, Leanne spends more time writing scripts than writing blog posts these days!


Trailer - The Morning After

Latest News

October 18 News

In September/October I had just over 3 weeks in the US, visiting New York (holiday), then Stowe, Vermont for the Writers Lab, Long Beach California for the Cambodia Town Film …

August/September 2018 news

There’s been quite a lot of exciting news this month! Script News On August 15th I got the news that my script for “The Morning After” had made it to …

Melbourne Web Fest 2018

I had previously attended, and LOVED, the Melbourne Web Festival back in 2016. At the time I’d saved up money and thought I was going to film & produce DISBOs …