Scratching the surface of the story behind new Aussie coming of age lesbian indy film Skin Deep

Sometimes projects take on a life of their own. For writer/actor Monica Zanetti, director Jonnie Leahy and producer Rosie Lourde, their film Skin Deep has done just that

The humble plans for the original project, working titledNew Town, quickly changed as it became apparentZanetti’s heartfelt semi-autobiographical story was destined for much muchlarger things.


Now titledSkin Deep, Zanetti’s story is inspired byher personal struggle to come to terms with being diagnosed with melanoma;should sherisk everything to continue partying on the Newtown lesbian scene, or should she face facts and look after her health. With inspired creativity she split this dilemma into the stories of two young women.Skin Deep follows these two strangers through the streets on Newtown over 18 hours as they find the courage to face whatever may lie ahead.


For Zanetti, Leahy and Lourde, all Newtown LGBTQIA community locals, it was a no brainer the film needed to be made but they had no idea the community and industry would agree so much. Starting out with no budget and a couple of cameras they originally planned to shoot on weekends and hoped to eventually submit Skin Deep to film festivals. Now, after incredible industry and community support, and a wonderful Pozible campaign, the film has been shot using the latest camera technology, with a full professional crew, is about to start post-production at Sound Firm in Fox Studios, has secured local distribution and has recently been represented at the American Film Market for international sales.


It’s been an introduction to the industry these three first time feature filmmakers could never have imagined!


If you’d also like to get behind this inspiring project join Monica, Jonnie, Rosie and the cast and crew at the fundraiser they’re holding as part of Skin Cancer Action Week. Like most artistic ventures, dreams often expand beyond budgets and right nowthey need some more support totake full advantage of all the generous opportunities presented to them. Proceeds will be to help fund shooting extra scenes, creating their marketing campaign, and several key post-production expenses.


When: Wednesday November 20 from 6pm

Where: Enmore Projects, 2 Addison Rd Marrickville (behind the Vic on the Park)

What:red carpet, live music, Young Henry’s beer, spit roast and salads, speeches, and first official trailer screening

How much: $25 for entry plus dinner, $50 to include drinks, $100 to include a donation to the Melanoma Foundation, or simply donate.


Rosie is available immediately for interview on 0401 94 88 67 and Monica on 0401 575 252