Glenn Leyburn

Glenn became a filmmaker after working successfully for many years as a graphic designer,
predominantly in the music industry. He is known in particular for his collaborations with
soundtrack composer and music producer David Holmes. Glenn started out designing album
covers and subsequently became a record label art director. His design work has been shown at design exhibitions around the world including the ‘50 Years of Helvetica’ exhibition at the Design Museum in London, and has featured in international design journals such as Creative Review and Eye Magazine. Glenn’s design clients have included EMI, Sony, Mercury Records, Polydor, Commotion Records New York and the BBC.

Glenn’s work in music design lead to him directing music videos and with his long time collaborators David Holmes and Lisa Barros D’Sa he set up Canderblinks Film & Music. In 2006 the team made the short film The 18th Electricity Plan, Glenn and Lisa’s directorial debut, which played at festival around the world winning several awards. It was followed in 2009 by Cherrybomb, their feature film debut. Starring Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon it had its world premiere in competition at the 2009 Berlinale Generations and was subsequently bought by Indi Vision/Universal Pictures for distribution in the UK. In 2012 Glenn and Lisa completed their second feature, Good Vibrations, an uplifting drama/biopic about Terri Hooley and the Belfast punk scene in the 1970s. A Canderblinks co-production with Revolution Films London, the film was also made with BBC Films, Irish Film Board and NI Screen. Good Vibrations opened the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and went on to win Best Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012 and the Audience Award at the Belfast Film Festival the same year. It was nominated for several IFTA awards, winning best costume with Glenn and Lisa receiving a nomination for the Rising Star Award. Good Vibrations had a theatrical release across the world, garnering excellent reviews across the board (94% Rotten Tomatoes) and won BBC and Guardian top critic Mark Kermode’s Kermode Award for Best Film in 2013.