BIOGRAPHY

LEELA WEST
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QUALIFICATIONS

I have always been interested in film, photography and art. Since I was 6 or 7, I have been making home movies with my friends on an ipad. When I was younger I attended several drama courses and eventually discovered BFI. I enjoyed BFI because it was about filmmaking rather than just acting although when I was in the mini filmmaker felt it was still too focused on action in front of the camera rather than behind. In 2018, I joined BRIT kids filmmaking and then also attended their theatre classes, there I finally felt like we were focussing on actual filmmaking. I was very excited to be accepted to BRIT school in year 10 which had been a life-long dream.

My favourite director growing up was Tim Burton, but being at BRIT has opened me up to many more directors like Wes Anderson, David Fincher and Richard Kelly. I hope I am able to continue my studies at BRIT throughout Sixth form, fingers crossed I get in!

2021 BTEC Level 1 and 2 Tech Award  Creative Media Production

2 **  Distinction

EXPERIENCE

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Music Video
January 2022

Film, direct and edit promo video for new Yoga studio in Sydenham

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Artful Dodgers
December 2021

Documentary edit on Malcolm McLaren's vision of the impact of fashion in punk rock

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Dragonfly Video
January 2020

Film, directed and edited promo video for Dragonfly Yoga studio in Sydenham

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Thea and Lindsey
June 2021

Recreation of a scene from Thelma and Louise
Wrote adaptation, Filmed, Directed and Edited

The Woods
The Woods
January 2018

Wrote, Filmed, Directed and Edited

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Bad Night
December 2020

Wrote, Filmed, Directed and Edited

Secrets
SECRETS
July 2016

Wrote, Filmed, Directed and Edited

EXPERIENCE

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BRIT School Promo
February 2022

Wrote, Produced, and Edited this BRIT school promo video including music and image selection

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Bad Night
December 2020

Wrote, Filmed, Directed and Edited

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Pro Skater Interview
February 2022

Wrote, Produced, and Edited this documentary as a school project.

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Malory Towers Edits
May 2020

Created character edit promo videos for the Eight main characters of Malory Towers

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Music Video
January 2022

Film, direct and edit promo video for new Yoga studio in Sydenham

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Dragonfly Video
January 2020

Film, directed and edited promo video for Dragonfly Yoga studio in Sydenham

Malcom smiling.jpg
Artful Dodgers
December 2021

Documentary edit on Malcolm McLaren's vision of the impact of fashion in punk rock

The Woods
The Woods
January 2018

Wrote, Filmed, Directed and Edited

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Thea and Lindsey
June 2021

Recreation of a scene from Thelma and Louise
Wrote adaptation, Filmed, Directed and Edited

Secrets
SECRETS
July 2016

Wrote, Filmed, Directed and Edited

BRIT FILM & MEDIA SHOWCASE 2021

SHORT LISTED

My recreation of a scene was nominated for the BRIT ilm & Media Award in 2021

KG FILM FESTIVAL

2017

BEST DIRECTOR

Won Best Director at the Film Festival held at Kelvin Grove
Primary School in 2017

BRONX 
FILM FESTIVAL

2017

SPECIAL SELECTION

Special selection and screening in the dazzle of Youth section in 2017-18.       See review under Filmography

EXTRA CURRICULAR

BRIT KIDS
September 2018 - Present

Attend their Saturday Film School

September 2019 - 2020

Attend their Saturday Theatre School

BFI British Film Institute
September 2015 - January 2017

Attended 9 different mini filmmakers modules each 6 weeks long.

PERFORM
September 2012 - July 2013

Drama school

HELEN O'GRADY
May 2019 - Present
September 2013 - July 2014

Drama school

MONTAGE THEATRE ARTS
September 2014 - July 2015

Drama school

STAGECOACH
January 2011 - December 2012

Drama school

BFI British Film Institute
August 2018

Did a one week workshop for young filmakers

OTHER CLUBS ATTENDED 
French, Ballet, Swimming, Art, Sewing, Cooking, Acrobatics, Modern dance, Football and Fitness club.