Leah is a journalist/filmmaker and erstwhile television news editor whose work questions and disrupts established forms of narrative, documentary and storytelling. With filmmaker Katharine Round, she formed Disobedient Films in 2014. They disrupt traditional linear documentary and extract new angles and emotions around factual narratives using film, art, installation, intervention, performance and journalism. They believe conventional means of enquiry (such as news and current affairs) and the ways in which they are presented are inherently conservative and their work is disobedient in form and content – aiming to create an active form of storytelling which brings the viewer into the experience and remaps conventional narrative forms for social engagement.
Projects include the experiential film “London Recruits” for the V&A; “Space Not Spikes”, an intervention into the hostile architecture of London’s Curtain Road; “The Citizen’s Network” a half hour film for Al Jazeera on technological sovereignty in Bolivia; “The Divide”, a feature film exploring the relationship between social outcome and economic inequality through the prism of seven lives.
We’ve been in early development of work on climate change, and presented our concept for “Climate Symphony” at the Serpentine Marathon 2015 and are working on a feature film and pervasive social media installation connecting Indian farmer suicides and fashion called “The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold”.
Within our works we like to explore not just what happened in a particular place and time but hack the language in which that information is relayed