Leonie Casanova Launches Her Multi Award Wining Films

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 01, 2007 -- Leonie Casanova is enjoying an incredible start to her music career with the inclusion of her self-penned songs in two films by British director Shamim Sarif. Debut single ‘Broken’, with its beautiful sensitivity and deceptive prettiness, was written specifically for ‘The World Unseen’– a film that has just been awarded eleven SAFTAs (South African BAFTAs) and which premieres in London next month. Follow up single ‘Little Feeling’ features in Sarif’s acclaimed debut film ‘I Can’t Think Straight’, which is also screening in London at the National Film Theatre.

Having spent her childhood in Zambia and Swaziland and her adulthood in America and Britain, Leonie Casanova draws from a deep pool for her inspiration. At home in Zambia, radio stations would proudly broadcast the likes of Charley Pride and Kenny Rogers “I think this is because country music resonates with the storytelling element that is so prevalent in a lot of African music” whilst Leonie’s first record collection, which was inherited from her older sister, included Prince, Grace Jones and Blondie. “Between what was on the radio and this eclectic collection from my sister I swam through a whole lot of different styles to suit my mood, and each was special to me’.

Despite her upbringing being “colourful” and often chaotic Leonie grew up as an only child, entertaining herself and becoming independent and self-contained, “singing kept me company, I think of myself as a gregarious hermit”. Following the death of her father and moving to boarding school in Swaziland, her love affair with music continued with the discovery of what she describes as “the magic and angst of Billie Holiday”, the opportunity to sing with a blues band and the exposure to the sounds from neighbouring South Africa.

At college in America Leonie embraced gospel “I lived for those rehearsals and performances” but it was when she performed some of her own songs in a small club (Book Slam) in Notting Hill that a door opened that promised to change her life. In the audience, along with the writer Jonathan Coe, were writer and director Shamim Sarif and film producer Hanan Kattan who asked Leonie if she would consider writing some music for a film.

“The moment I first heard Leonie sing on stage in a club in London, I was blown away,” recalls Sarif. “Not only does she have a phenomenal voice and great presence on stage, but more importantly for me, her lyrics were intelligent and moving, and combined with music that carries intense emotion – it was a stunning combination.”

Leonie was able to draw inspiration not just from the complexity of the relationships and topics explored in the film’s script but also from her own experiences of the story’s

location, South Africa, during and post Apartheid. The result, ‘Broken’, is a layered and moving song that was recorded in Cape Town and remixed by Jim Eliot of Kish Mauve.

Having already performed at Cannes and Toronto film festivals and at the US premier of ‘The World Unseen’ Leonie, who has a cameo appearance in the film, will be playing an acoustic set at the charity screening of ‘The World Unseen’ at BAFTA on the 31st of March.


About Enlightenment Productions Ltd

Enlightenment Productions is a multi-media entertainment company formed in partnership between Hanan Kattan and Shamim Sarif. Based in London and Los Angeles, the company is dedicated to producing, distributing and selling entertaining independent feature films of integrity and individuality, as well as other entertainment media related to its film productions; such as books and soundtracks

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