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About Film Work

As a screenwriter, script doctor and story editor, I work on projects ranging from multi-million dollar features to micro-budget films.

Quality is the key. I’ve been in development on a few features lately, a couple of which are mentioned below. This follows my short film project, an 18-month long flurry when I wrote, produced or story edited five different shorts. Some are still making the rounds of film festivals, and all helped me work toward directing a short of my own, which I hope to do next year.Meanwhile, I continue to work as a Writer in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre, mentoring a fine body of emerging talent.

For film queries, see the Contact tab. And please enjoy the trailers below.


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 How to Keep Your Day Job

Screenplay by Lesley Krueger. Directed by Sean Frewer. Produced by Lea Marin with executive producer Tyler Levine. Based on the short story by Rebecca Rosenblum. Starring Georgina Reilly.

 Don’t Get Killed in Alaska

Co-produced and story edited by Lesley Krueger. Written and directed by Bill Taylor. Produced by Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith of First Love Films. Executive producer Dan Bekerman of Scythia Films. Starring Tommie-Amber Pirie, Rosemary Dunsmore, Oliver Dennis, Gianpaulo Venuta and Ben Lewis.


Selected Filmography

  • Don’t Get Killed in Alaska

    A feature film written and directed by Bill Taylor. Co-producer, Lesley Krueger. Produced by Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith. Executive producer, Dan Bekerman of Scythia Films. Starring Tommie-Amber Pirie, Gianpaolo Venuta, Oliver Dennis, Rosemary Dunsmore and Ben Lewis. Premiered at the 2013 Calgary International Film Festival and in Sudbury.

    Shot in Ontario in October and November, 2012, and released to festivals the following year, with its theatrical premier in November, 2014, in Toronto.

    Don’t Get Killed in Alaska is now available from iTunes, rental @ $5.99 and download @ 9.99 HERE.

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  • Stained

    A few times a year, I story edit feature film scripts, usually working with emerging filmmakers.

    As a story editor, I see my job as challenging writers to dig out their best possible work, whether in comedy or drama. It’s not my role to impose ideas, although I make sure the writers—and producers and directors—are up-to-date on market demands and conditions.

    Screenwriting involves making a series of choices, and I aim to ensure writers make their choices consciously rather than by stabbing in the dark. I start by analysing their scripts, then ask a series of targeted questions over seven or eight meetings. The old Socratic method, as multi-talented filmmaker Karen Lam called it, when I story edited her first feature, Stained. Check out the trailer below.

    Stained is written and directed by Karen Lam, and produced by Karen Lam, Katie Weekley and Bob Crowe. A psychological thriller about a woman in thrall to her tortured past, it has played at festivals around the world, including the Cannes Film Marche: Perspectives Canada Showcase 2010. Stained stars Tinsel Korey (Emily of The Twilight Saga), and Sonja Bennett.

    Find out more about Karen’s work on her website.

  • Jesse

    A short film written and directed by Adam Goldhammer. Produced by Evan Landry. Executive producers, Jane Thompson and Daniel Bekerman. Story editor, Lesley Krueger. Starring Hannah Anderson, Jake Epstein and Andrew Bushell. Funded by Bravo!FACT. After playing at festivals in Edmonton and Sudbury, JESSE was one of three finalists in the 2014 CBC Short Film Face-off, competing for a $45,000 prize.

     

  • How To Keep Your Day Job

    A short film. Premiered at Calgary International Film Festival, fall 2012. Played so far at festivals in Italy, New York, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sudbury, Toronto and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. Upcoming at the 2014 WIFT Short Film Showcase in Toronto. Written by Lesley Krueger. Directed by Sean Frewer. Produced by Lea Marin. Based on a short story by Rebecca Rosenblum. Executive producer, Tyler Levine. Starring Georgina Reilly.

    Check out Sean’s website and have a look at his previous shorts, Trust and Escape.

  • Silent Hill
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    I look back fondly on my work on the original Silent Hill (2006), for which I received a Production Consultant credit. It was a fun year with director Christophe Gans, producers Don Carmody, Samuel Hadida and Andrew Mason, along with stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger and Jodelle Ferland.

    Watch the trailer on YouTube


Selected Films In Development

  • The Power of Nil

    An upcoming short dance film about Alzheimer’s — told from the point of view of a man suffering from the disease. Screenplay by Lesley Krueger. Directed by Gloria Ui Young Kim. Produced by Lesley and Gloria.

    Check out Gloria’s most recent dance film, Why We Dance:

     

  • The King of Car Thieves

    A thrill ride of a Canada-India co-production. Feature screenplay by Lesley Krueger. Director, Deepa Sahi. Producers Eric Jordan and Paul Stephens of The Film Works in Toronto and Ketan Mehta of mayamovies of Mumbai. Or at Ketan and Deepa prefer, Bombay.

    Check out this interview with Ketan and Deepa about their upcoming projects:

    And here’s the trailer for In Darkness, directed by Agnieszka Holland and produced by Eric Jordan and Paul Stephens, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. An amazing film, brilliantly directed and acted. I’m delighted to be working with the producing team that brought this story to the world.