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Lesley Manning
Cinesisters & Genesis Cinema Present
11 September | 6.40 | Tickets:

Opportunity knocks for understudy actor Martin, but can he open the door and let it in?


Hey Lesley thanks for talking to TNC, how is everything going?


Your award-winning short film 'Curtain Call' is screening as part of Genesis Cinema's Cinesister's Shorts Vol. 2 do you have nerves ahead of the screening?

Always - you want to tell your stories and you want people to get them.

How important are film screenings like this for female filmmakers?

Very - makes women filmmakers more visible (one of the biggest problems)

Can more be done to champion and support women in film?

Yes,  yes. Too hard to tackle on the way out the door.

Tell me a little bit about 'Curtain Call, how did the film come about?

It started as an improv idea. Then Andy worked it into a screenplay.


"...don’t give up!"

What was it about Andy Walker's screenplay that interested you so much?

Sad and funny.

What was the most challenging part of making this film?

It was a total joy - practically we took ages to work out how to drop someone's phone down the toilet.

How would you describe Curtain Call in three words?

Sad, funny, hopeful.

Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?

Since art college.

How much has your style and the approach to your filmmaking changed since your debut?

For others to say.

Do you have any advice or tips for any fellow filmmaker?

Same old  - don’t give up!

Do you have any shorts films directed by women that you could recommend to our readers?

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from this film?

A smile and maybe a tear.

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