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5 December 2018

Lief welcome Savanah Leaf.

by Andrew MacGregor


Those who believe in nominative determinism will be pleased to know that director-stroke-photographer Savanah Leaf has joined the roster at Lief.

Apt name aside, Leaf boasts a colourful CV which includes short films, myriad commercial and promo shoots, and even a stint on the Great Britain Olympic volleyball team. While life on court has its perks, Leaf decided filmmaking was her true vocation.

The Londoner's career switch has paid off so far as she draws brands and artists alike with her vibrant, thought-provoking approach. Work for the likes of Havana Club rum also ensures she doesn't miss out on any Olympic-style globetrotting, either.

Leaf also draws from her time spent living in the United States, having crafted a number of films concerning issues of race, gender, and mixed race culture. Projects like these allow Leaf to hone her documentarian gaze even further.

For example, this piece for non-profit organisation Motionpoems examines the psychological aftermath of gun violence via a mixed race cast and surreal visual flourishes. Displaying a mature yet expressive grasp of her material, Leaf confirms her reputation as a director to look out for.

To discuss all things Savanah Leaf, ring Margo Mars on 020 3972 7974 or email her via margo@lief.lo.

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