THE PEOPLE BEHIND SIREN
Writer / Director / Producer
Louise Marie Cooke
Louise is a writer, director and producer with a passion for stories featuring strong but complicated female characters that feature at the centre of the narrative, something she feels is lacking in mainstream cinema. Her films have screened across the world at International Film Festivals such as Frameline, Mix Festival Brasil and Brooklyn Girl Film Festival. Her last two shorts, Siren and First Bite have also been shown at the highly regarded London Short Film Festival and Underwire Festival which champions female cast and crew.
Louise studied at the Northern Media School, graduating in 2009 with a Masters in Film Production & Screenwriting. She began working as a producer on independent short films and promos, producing the award winning Film London short Physical Education (dir. Rohan Green, 2010). The film was was mentored by Dreams of a Life and The Falling producer Cairo Cannon. During this time Louise established Dead Flower Productions to promote female talent in front and behind the camera. The following year she pitched to the North London Film Partnership and Film London a coming of age film with a twist.
Louise continued to write strong complicated female characters and in November 2012 she began writing and crowdfunding her follow up film which became Siren. The film has since screened in the UK, USA, Canada, Portugal and Brazil at numerous festivals including the renowned Frameline: San Francisco LGBT Film Festival. Siren was accepted into the British Film Council’s Shorts Scheme and Louise was funded to attend the USA premier in San Francisco in May 2015.
Director of Photography
Her varied portfolio has taken her around the globe from the Kansas prairies to the uninhabitable Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl and garnered several awards, most notably the Berlin Today Award at the 61st Berlinale for Hackney Lullabies and a nomination at BAFTA Scotland. Her work has been screened at many international film festivals including Cannes, BFI London, SXSW and Los Angeles.
Since graduating with a masters from the National Film and Television School in London, she has been selected to attend the Berlin Talent Campus and featured as a new talent in cinematography in Fuji Film’s Exposure magazine. Recently, Laura was commissioned to shoot the Nikon commercial Tears, one of the films marking their upcoming 100th anniversary.
Prior to the NFTS Laura attended the European Film College in Denmark and she has a BA from York University and L’Università di Bologna in Literature. As an English Literature graduate as well as a cinematography graduate, Laura has a passion for narrative driven imagery and capturing deeply personal stories in both drama and documentary.
Anna has been interested in the visual and aesthetic aspects of of film and performance since specializing in film and animation at Bristol School of Art. Her work includes film, TV, music videos and immersive theatre, both in the art department and as an art director.
Anna participated in the 2015 Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme as an Art Department Assistant working on feature films and TV series.
Elizabeth started Assistant Directing in 2007 working on BBC drama ‘Small Dark Places’ as the Second Assistant Director. She quickly made the leap to First Assistant Director and has worked on numerous short films and features.
Elizabeth has worked in the media industry for more than fifteen years, starting out producing and directing community video whilst studying at Bournemouth University. After studying, she spent some time working as a photographer, including on ‘Robbie the Reindeer’ where she also directed the behind the scenes documentary for the DVD. Elizabeth worked at the BBC for over 5 years, highlights include working in development roles on programmes such as EastEnders, Casualty and Silent Witness before becoming a freelance Assistant Director.
My credits include films which have screened at numerous international festivals and factual television programming. In the last two years, I’ve worked in the world of 3D, delving into the past with Brian May’s Brief History of 3D and soaring high with the prime time SKY series Britain & Ireland from the Sky.
Recently I finished editing Kulajo: My Heart Is Darkened; a feature documentary made with Emmy award winning filmmaker Gwynne Roberts. Set in Iraq, it is an emotional journey, detailing the human tragedy of the 1988 Anfal.
In 2011 Victoria was the Film Music Composer for short film First Bite which was directed by Louise Marie Cooke, this film also won her Best Composer at the Underwire Film Festival in 2011. The Best Composer award at Underwire lead her to be Film Music Composer on British thriller feature film The Liability (directed by Craig Viveiros), starring Tim Roth, Jack O’Connell and Peter Mullan. It was released in UK & Worldwide cinemas on 17th May 2013 and is now available VOD.
Victoria composed the score for Siren, also directed by Louise Marie Cooke, whom she recorded with the Bergersen Quartet and other talented musicians. It has been greatly received at film festivals around the world such as London Short Film Festival, Iris Prize, Frameline39: San Fransisco. She has recently finished doing music for Colours of The Alphabet a documentary directed by Alastair Cole based in Zambia, which had it’s premiere at Glasgow Film Festival this year. She was also invited to Berlinale Talents (as part of Berlinale International Film Festival) as a 2015 sound studio participant.
Guy Fixsen is a London-based Composer / Sound Engineer / Music Producer / Musician. Best-known for his work with experimental rock bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab and The Pixies, and for forming the electronica-pop/post-rock band Laika with which he has made 4 studio albums on Beggars Banquet Records and toured with the likes of Radiohead and Tricky. In recent years, he has focussed his attention on fresh challenges in the world of film, working variously as Sound Designer, Composer and Recordist on several shorts and features. His debut feature as Composer, Sound Designer and Co-Producer premiered at SXSW in March 2016.