Hello, I’m Jillian Li-Sue, the person behind Rosenthal Films. I’m an award-winning, mixed-race, female film-maker with a chequered career behind me and beguiling things ahead. This is more than a series of essays about films, making them and analysing them – it’s about the passion and despair of being a practitioner.
My enthusiasm for film has waxed and wained over two decades, in and out of the industry. I’ve seen many people come and go, the odd government too. I’ve lived and worked through two recessions, raised a couple of children and buried both my parents.
I’ve written and directed shorts, corporates, music videos, documentaries – you name it. Starting in the cutting rooms of Soho, over twenty years ago, in the misogynistic, drink-fuelled, hierarchical world of 35mm feature editing I never thought I would encounter, let alone embrace, the super economical, do-it-yourself film making of the YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter generation. But here I am: a hybrid, ecclectic, unconventional person with lots to say and much to show.