Leanne Tonkes is a producer of feature films, web series, television commercials, live performances and events, music videos and short films. Her company Sense & Centsability develops and produces engaging and emotional content with a focus on female audiences worldwide. She has become an advocate for Gender Equality in the entertainment industry and champions the careers of female writers, directors and storytellers across all media.
Leanne’s credits include feature film My Mistress, AFI award winning short Dog With Electric Collar and web series THIS IS DESMONDO RAY! – an award winning 6 part web series about a peculiar man searching for love in a dark and troubling world, Winner of the Web Series World Cup for 2018 Created by Tropfest and AFI award winning filmmaker Steve Baker, who recently won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Animation for the series. Recently described as “the web series of a generation”, Desmondo Ray has already won over 40 international awards to date, which included the International Academy of Web Television Awards in Los Angeles. Leanne also produced Steve Baker’s recent Tropfest finalist I’M STILL HERE.
Leanne most recently produced The Second, Mairi Cameron’s debut feature film starring iconic actors Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior, financed in partnership with Screen Queensland and Australian streaming service STAN. The film iis the first STAN ORIGINAL feature film and was released theatrically and on STAN in 2018.
Leanne is producing THE CIRCUS, Emma Freeman’s debut feature film written by Alice Bell supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Leanne will also produce an adaptation of Erin McKean’s best-selling novel, THE SECRET LIVES OF for Mairi Cameron, written by Stephen Lance. She is adapting other books including – TIGRESS based on Niromi de Soyza’s memoir with writer Jane Hampson and script editor Meg LeFauve (Indian director Leena Yadav is attached to direct) and THE WEDDING SEASON with writer/actor Menik Gooneratne, working with Gurinda Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) and Paul Mayeda Berges.
In 2016 and 2017 she produced all major events for the INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF MELBOURNE including the Awards Night at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Indian Independence Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony and Bollywood Dance Competition held at Federation Square. The festival was awarded the Melbourne Award for Best Multicultural Contribution in 2016 and was awarded the Best Indian Film Festival Abroad by the Indian Government in 2017.
Leanne is on the board of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival.