Hope Dickson Leach – Writer/Director
Hope completed her MFA in filmmaking at Columbia University in New York, where she made three short films that played at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Edinburgh, Austin, London and many more. While in New York she was assistant to Todd Solondz on his film PALINDROMES. Hope’s thesis film, THE DAWN CHORUS, won awards and the attention of Screen International where she was made a Star of Tomorrow upon her return to London in 2007. She was also named one of the ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’ by Moviemaker Magazine. In 2008, as well as a Coming Up film, PARLIAMO GLASGOW, nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award, she directed a series of 3 Minute Wonders for Channel 4, and MORNING ECHO, a Pulse Plus short film starring Kerry Fox – which has played at festivals all over the world, winning an award at the London Short Film Festival. She is currently developing her debut feature ENGLISH ROSE, a story about a teenage girl who hates Princess Diana, following a grant from the UK Film Council's development fund.
Hope is represented by Elinor Burns at Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates
Rosie Ellison - Producer
Rosie has 15 years in the film & TV sector in Scotland with experience ranging from production to exhibition. As development producer and researcher for Saltire Films, Rosie oversaw the development and production of several factual programmes for BBC Scotland including Beyond The Fringe – Richard Demarco and Three Lives of William Wallace. For the last 5 years Rosie has been with Edinburgh Film Focus, the film commission for Edinburgh, Lothians and Scottish Borders where she works to match film and TV productions with locations, crew and services in the area. She also coordinates delegations of producers at international film markets, helping producers create international finance strategies for their slate.
Rosie and Hope have recently given birth to two little boys - Fred and Frank.