A D Cooper

A D Cooper

Hurcheon Films
Director, Screenwriter and Producer

London, England

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About A

From an advertising writing background, I've written a number of short and feature scripts and attracting several awards and option deals. Bored of waiting for options that were never exercise, I starting making my own shorts and have now directed directed 12 films. One was for a museum installation. The six dramas for Hurcheon Films have been selected for international festivals and collectively nominated for 15 awards. One short "Ace" has won four awards including Best Director and Jury's Choice Best Short. The last completed short "The Penny Dropped" won an Award of Merit in the One Reeler Short Film Competition in the USA in January 2017. Two other films are corporates for schmick.tv and a docushort for Hurcheon Films that's just won Best Documentary in a UK film festival.

I'm working on longer form film projects as writer and/or director. Most recently, I developed the true story that I made into a short film in 2014 into a one-woman show. I produced and directed the show, and it was presented on a London fringe theatre stage in February 2016. This has now evolved into a feature script.

Mostly recently, I'm one of six directors selected to make a short for the Directors UK Alexa Challenge 2017 where the prize was an Alexa camera and a set of anamorphic lenses for a two day shoot. After filming in mid-March, this will be completed by the end of April 2017.

I'm looking for collaborators amongst the creative practitioner community to generate new ideas and inspire new projects.

Unique traits: I'm also a copywriter, corporate script writer, film reviewer, and I've published short stories and joke books. I particularly like making radio commercials. In my other life, I've played women's rugby.

Credits

  • A Small Dot On The Western Front

    A Small Dot On The Western Front (2016)
    Theater by Hurcheon Ltd Writer, director, producer In 1915, sappers are laying mines under No Man's Land. One of them is the only woman to serve with the British Army in France during World War 1. A one-woman show with Angela Ferns in the role of Dorothy Lawrence.

  • Writing the Peace

    Writing the Peace (2015 - 2016)
    Documentary by Hurcheon Films (Documentary) Producer/Director A short film about the piece of paper that ended World War 2 in Europe. Curiously, the historic words were written by an actor.

  • A Small Dot On The Western Front

    A Small Dot On The Western Front (2014)
    Film (short) by Hurcheon Films (History) Writer, director, producer The true story of Dorothy Lawrence, the only woman to serve in the British Army during World War 1. She was laying mines under No Man's Land, but her presence caused explosions of a very different kind.

  • The state of the nation

    The state of the nation (2013)
    Industrial by schmick.tv Writer & director

  • London: the city in balance

    London: the city in balance (2013)
    Film (short) by schmick.tv (Short) Writer & director A film about London and gin.

  • Ace

    Ace (2013)
    Film (short) by Hurcheon Films (Family and Short) Writer & director Two bored boys try to annoy an old man by cycling up to him and yelling in his face. His response is anything but predictable. Selected for film festivals around the world.

  • The view from the window

    The view from the window (2012)
    Film (short) by Hurcheon FIlms (Short) Writer/director/exec producer Winner of the Prequel to Cannes script competition 2010. Nominated for 6 awards, selected for over 20 international film festivals.

  • Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger (2012)
    Film (short) by Hurcheon Films/Webra Multimedia (Comedy and Short) Writer/Director/Co-Producer A slick salesman tries to con an old lady. It won't turn out like he hopes. Starring Prunella Scales ("Fawlty Towers" amongst many films and TV)

  • Ninja Warrior

    Ninja Warrior (2007 - 2011)
    Television by Pintsize PIctures (Comedy and Sport) Writer Over 80 episodes of the Japanese/USA sports entertainment show, re-versioned for the UK market (Challenge TV). Wrote narration and 'as live' commentary.

  • The Flask

    The Flask (2011)
    Film (short) by Actors Screen Collective Production Writer & director

  • Feet

    Feet (2010)
    Film (short) by Hurcheon Films (Comedy and Sport) Writer/director/exec producer Selected for over 35 festivals and showcases worldwide. Nominated for 4 awards. Two strangers get their feet swapped by a mysterious energy on a darkened stalled underground train. As one is a ballet dancer and the other a huge rugby player, it won't turn out well for either of them.

Awards

  • Prequel to Cannes Short Script Competition
    (2010)

  • Ten Foot High Films Short Script Competition (co-winner
    (2001)

  • Women in Film & TV Feature Script Initiative
    (2000)

Education

  • London College of Communication
    (2002-2003)

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