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Lisa Barros D’Sa


Lisa studied English at Oxford University and has an MA in Screenwriting from London University of the Arts. Her short stories have appeared in magazines, album liner notes and an anthology of Irish fiction.


Having worked in feature film development for several years, in 2006 Lisa wrote the screenplay for award-winning short ‘The 18th Electricity Plan’, which she directed with Glenn Leyburn. This was followed by ‘Cherrybomb’, Lisa and Glenn’s first feature film as directors. Starring Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Kimberley Nixon and James Nesbitt, ‘Cherrybomb’ was released theatrically in the UK by Universal in 2009.


Along with Glenn and long-time collaborator David Holmes, Lisa founded the production company Canderblinks Film and Music. In 2011, after making a music video for the band Cashier No. 9’s celebrated single ‘Goldstar’.


In 2012 Lisa and Glenn directed their second feature, ‘Good Vibrations’, the story of Belfast’s godfather of punk, Terri Hooley, and the legendary Good Vibrations record shop. Produced by Canderblinks Film and Revolution Films, in collaboration with BBC Films, Northern Ireland Screen and the Irish Film Board, Good Vibrations premiered at SXSW, opened Karlovy Vary and won the Best Irish Film Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012 and the Audience Award at the Belfast Film Festival 2012. The film had a great critical response, Mark Kermode awarding it his Film of the Year award.


Lisa and Glenn are currently developing their next feature film projects.