Amy is a multi award-winning Writer, Director and Producer working largely in short film content and Drama. She was selected for the BBC Drama Director initiative in 2018 and has gone on to direct episodes of the BBC daytime drama ‘Doctors’, and has recently been picked up to direct ‘Hollyoaks’ for Lime Pictures. Her most recent short film ‘Annabel Lee’ is an ambitious gothic romance based on the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Completed in early summer 2019, it is heading out on the festival circuit in 2019/20.
The last 10 years have seen no less than 9 of her short films appearing in Film Festivals around the world. One of her collaborative kids films ‘Boy Soldiers’ also won two awards including the overall ‘Best Film’ prize at the 2013 Limelight Film Awards in London. In 2014 she was chosen as one of the handful of filmmakers to receive funding from the BFI and Creative England for an iShort and since completing her film ‘The Treehouse’ in the autumn of 2014 it quickly went on to win Best Cinematography at the Underwire Film Festival before going on to 40 more festivals, 17 Award nominations and another 7 awards.
Amy Coop started in the film business as a runner in 1999, and worked her way up to 1st AD on a variety of UK Features & TV Drama.
Since setting up Angelic Films in 2001, Amy has produced and/or directed more than 150 music videos, virals and brand films, as well as 20 short films including the award winning ‘The Fairweather Girl’ (2010) which screened at TIFF Kids and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Her short film ‘A Little Bit Country’, had more than 30 screenings on the festival circuit in 2013/14, quickly followed by another short ‘Epitaph’, which won support from Directors UK and Arri and was nominated for Best Writer at the 2013 Underwire Film Festival in London. Epitaph has also been picked up for sales & distribution by Film Marketing Services in LA whilst ‘The Fairweather Girl’ is represented for sales by FACETS in Chicago.
Her first feature documentary, ‘Little Stars of Bethlehem’ for Elfin Productions was selected for the Breakthrough Strand at 2012 London UK Film Focus at the BFI, and is supported by Film Agency Wales.
Amy is experienced working with children and young people in front of and behind the camera and often manages to draw complex, nuanced and affecting performances from her young actors. Many of her films deal with themes and ideas around childhood and growing up, but rarely from a ‘straight forwards’ perspective, preferring instead to take the outsiders view from the fringes of society. Regardless of subject matter, genre or style, all Amy’s films are in some way personal. She is an accomplished and multi-faceted filmmaker, and is as happy working with a full crew or self-shooting in a more low key ‘run n gun’ style.
Amy is an experienced Assistant Director as well, having worked in recent years as the 2nd AD on TV Dramas including ‘Free Rein’ for Lime Pictures/Netflix, ‘Glass Houses’ for Genial Productions/ITV, ‘Grantchester’ for ITV, ‘Flowers’ for Channel 4 and ‘The Worst Witch’ for CBBC, and British feature films most recently ‘Lynn & Lucy’ for BBC Films / BFI, and ‘Two for Joy’ for Blonde to Black Pictures.
She has worked in-house as a Commercials Producer at BT Sport Creative and ITN Productions, as well as producing commercials for agency clients with her production company Angelic Films.
Amy is represented by Andrew Mills at JAB Management.