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.
In 2018 she 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, including the 2018 AACTA Awards, and it got to Top 4 this year in the audience award section of the AFI/AACTA Social Shorts Awards.
She has also co-written and co-produced a second short film – Remote Access – with Michela Carattini. Filmed over Easter 2018, it began its festival run in 2019 – starting with a World Premiere in New York City on March 23! It won best short at that festival, the Girl Power Film + Media Summit, and is now showing at the streaming service Herflix. For more about the film, check out the Remote Access website.
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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 Awards.
It made the finals of the 2018 PAGE Awards, the finals of the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards (Shorts and Drama), the semi-finals of the 2018 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices screenwriting contest, and the quarter-finals of the Fall 2018 Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards.
Leanne has adapted this to a feature script, where it’s the first of several interconnected stories set in Siem Reap, called AMOK. This feature script is already getting to quarter-finals, semis and finals of various screenplay competitions.
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, screening in various festivals in 2019, notably the Girl Power Media Summit (where it won best short), and the upcoming Detroit SheTown Film Festival in September.
Leanne has also been working on a dramedy, DIVERSION, about three very different middle-aged women sent to Diversion therapy as an alternative to jail, a sitcom/web series DISBOS, and the feature script AMOK.
In 2020 she participated in Screen Canberra’s TV Accelerator Pod, and developed a new comedy THE DARKEST HOUR GOTHIC EMPORIUM, for which a bible is available to interested producers!
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!