I’m an Australian social researcher, writer and independent filmmaker with a focus on India. 

I hold a PhD in social anthropology, and my research work is broadly situated in the sub-fields of medical anthropology, gender studies and religious studies.

My film and radio documentaries mostly focus on the inherent tensions of modernisation in India, across the spheres of culture, ritual, gender, the arts and self-expression. This includes my award-winning documentary film A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche (2013), and my forthcoming Tamil-language short drama film A Bride of Aravan (2021).  

I provide editing services for academics who seek a high level of English ‘polish’ in order to publish in academic journals.   I have also worked as a communications advisor for major not-for-profit organisations and coordinated successful advocacy campaigns. 

In my spare time, I’m a director of Attitude Foundation, which seeks to change mainstream Australian attitudes towards people with disabilities through documentary TV series. For the last 15 years, I have managed a project that supports young women from disadvantaged village contexts in south India to undertake college education. I’m also a keen yoga and tango practitioner.

Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award 2010
Best Documentary Film, Best Editing, WOW Festival Awards 2014
Finalist, Australian Arts in Asia Awards 2013; ATOM Awards 2014

Contact information

Lesley Branagan
email: lesley@lesleybranagan.com