As a writer and producer, Lianne McNally has been involved in a variety of programs and projects, both for broadcast television and for nonprofit and corporate clients. Her work covers many genres, from news and documentary to promotion to entertainment. Lianne McNally produced a short documentary called Artists and Orphans: A True Drama, which was honored with an Academy Award nomination in 2002.
Describing the attempts of American artists traveling in the Republic of Georgia to provide humanitarian aid for local orphans, Artists and Orphans: A True Drama seeks to illuminate the suffering of children in a country experiencing economic collapse after a civil war. The program showcases the heartbreaking conditions of a local state-run orphanage, as well as the hope to be found in a makeshift orphanage run by a nun and a school teacher.
Artists and Orphans: A True Drama won a number of film festival awards and helped to establish Lianne McNally as a filmmaker.