Leilani Croucher, Director & Creative Director
This woman sure knows how to set a scene. We cannot get enough of the distinct and perfectly curated worlds Leilani creates for some of our favourite music vids, not to mention her can-do approach to her work. What a champ! Thanks Leilani.
What do you do?
I am the Creative Director at Sydney based production company, Revolver. In the dark I’m also Directing my own work where I can.
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
Being the only girl cast as a man in my Theatre Excellence class in year 12 and then realising acting was not my thing, and I better start looking to the other side of the camera.
Moving to Japan for a year and finding a new ‘home’, learning a new respect for kindergarten teachers, that I have no musical abilities and am definitely not cut out to teach anyone grammar.
Executing and finishing a music video on my own, and realising this was actually something I can achieve.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
Hard work pays off (I hope).
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I have just finished a job for Semi Permanent + Google VR, a kind of hybrid doco, 360 VR everything project. The documentary film and the stereoscopic VR 360 film focus on two creative collaborations from four world-renowned artists working in Google Tilt Brush.
Produced at Semi Permanent Sydney 2017, the two VR artworks were created by visual artist James Jean and Australian Ballet dancer Sharni Spencer; and architect Kelvin Ho working alongside typographer Luke Lucas. The artists explored the new technology and how the 3D painting software can change the design process in the development of new ideas and collaboration.
New technology is both exciting and really hard work.
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
I’m fortunate to get to work with some amazing and very talented women, and by some strange twist of fate we actually genuinely like each other.
What is your dream project?
I would love to get into creating large scale video artworks. I think video art is such a great space to create and tell stories.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
Listening to: I mostly listen to and make endless playlists to play in my office, as a silent workplace is something I actually can not deal with. Currently on high rotation; ABBA, !!!, Nine Inch Nails, Madonna & many more.
Watching: Everything, too much...
I have a habit for binging on TV series. Recently of note; new ‘Twin Peaks’ THE BEST, ‘The Ozarks’ GOOD, ‘Glow’ FUN, ‘Sense8’ TOTALLY UNDERRATED AND FAB.
Movies; ‘20th Century Women’ - Mike Mills doing Mike Mills at his best, ‘Dunkirk’ - a raw take on a war film, removing the artifice of romanticised back-stories, heroes etc and just letting a moment of sheer chaos wash over you.
Reading: I’m terrible at reading. The last book I read was Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. I bought the book after seeing Carrie speak at All About Women at the Sydney Opera House. She is such a talented performer and musician and her writing was really revealing and also strangely matter of fact.
The Death of Bunny Monroe by Nick Cave is perhaps one of my favourite books but I also have a penchant for a trashy and tragic pulp novel.
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
It would be great for crazy hours to be less of a thing.
What do you want to be asked about that no one ever asks you?
Something that can’t be Googled.
What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?
I have 9.5 toes. It’s a story (I always tell when I’m drunk) involving severing by wrought iron chair, and a toe chilled on love heart ice cubes with a bright red toenail.
What places are important to you?
I grew up on Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, it was a magical place to grow up, except as a teenager there was literally no escape.
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
To stop worrying what other people think - but more importantly what you think other people might think... if that even makes sense... neurosis overload.
Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?
Watching Twin Peaks for the first time, I was so enamored with the unique, wild, crazy and yet familiar world. I saw David Lynch’s exhibition at GOMA in Brisbane a few years ago and heard him speak about his career, ideas, life and everything and it was a really mind-blowing. I just really like the way he thinks about the world and methods of creation.
How can we find out more about your work?
Roadhouses - Drinkin’ CLICK HERE
Polish Club - Come Party CLICK HERE
Instagram CLICK HERE
Who would you most like to answer these questions next?
Sophia Kaplan - Florist Leaf Supply CLICK HERE
Kevina Jo-Smith - Artist CLICK HERE
Yasmin Suteja - Photographer, creative director, talent agent, actress, even sometimes model. A modern but very talented slashie! CLICK HERE.