About Us

  I Am Belfast  (2015)

I Am Belfast (2015)

Hopscotch Films makes high-end award winning television documentaries, arts programmes and feature films.  Last year we were in the BFI’s top 20 most productive UK film companies, and top of their Scottish list.  Our features include Atomic, I Am Belfast, and Paul Wright’s new film Arcadia.

Our television output features programmes that tell rich stories to Scottish audiences about themselves. Landmark series like Writing Scotland, Scotland on Film, Watching Ourselves, Wha’s Like Us?  and Coming Oot – a Fabulous History of Gay Scotland.  Observational documentaries like Village of Dreams, Bothy Life, Showland and Controlled Abandon – which took us into the eccentric world of Scottish country dancing. And Greg Hemphill’s comedy/horror dramas West Skerra Light and Long Night at Blackstone.

We also have an international focus. Recent network television includes Accidental Anarchist for BBC’s Storyville, nominated Best Feature Film in the Scottish BAFTA Awards, and Stop All the Clocks: W.H.Auden in the Age of Anxiety for BBC2. Our 2011 fifteen hour Mark Cousins' film The Story of Film: An Odyssey is still selling around the world and is the definitive history of cinema.  We are currently in production on feature documentaries about South Africa and Scotland in the age of Apartheid, a history of state sanctioned torture, and a post apocalyptic drama written and directed by Scottish artist Rachel Maclean.

 
 
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John Archer

Producer

a creative leader with considerable experience in film and television production, setting up successful new ventures and spotting and developing new talent. He was head of Music and Arts at BBC Scotland and the founding Chief Executive of Scottish Screen.

He has produced and executive produced over 500 hours of network television, from Billy Connolly's World Tours of Scotland and Australia which reached audiences of over nine million in the UK and sold widely around the world, to the major international documentary series The Director's Place. Among his productions since joining Hopscotch Films are Writing Scotland, ONELife: Detox or Die and his series with director Mark Cousins; Cinema Iran, and The Story of Film; An Odyssey.


Clara Glynn

Writer, director, producer

Clara Glynn is a writer/director with extensive experience in drama and documentary production.

Her drama directing work includes No Angels for C4, New Street Lawand The Chase for BBC1. Clara also wrote and directed an hour long factual drama Iran Hostage Crisis for BBC1.

Clara’s short films include; Unscrew for the BBC series “8 Ways to Leave Your Lover”, which she also wrote (winner best female director, Granada Film Festival), It's Not You it's Me for the same series (runner up, Turner Classic Movie Award, commended, Brief Encounters, Bristol), The Practicality of Magnolia for the New Found Land scheme (winner best television drama and best score, Scottish New Talent BAFTAs), and No Man's Land for BBC series Tartan Shorts (runner up Kodak Award).

Clara won the gold medal at the New York Festival for her feature length documentary I Met Adolf Eichmann and also directed James Barrie and Peter Pan for BBC2, and Last Years Tories and The Hidden Jews of Berlin for Channel 4.

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Carolynne Sinclair Kidd

Drama Producer

Carolynne produces Drama for Hopscotch Films and is currently running the Scottish Shorts scheme with Digicult and producing Rachel Maclean's newest art film Make Me Up. Most recently, Carolynne has produced two of Greg Hemphill's comedy-horrors: Long Night at Blackstone and West Skerra Light.

Carolynne started life as a production manager on leisure series such as The Big Country for the BBC and Ride On for Channel 4, but has for the past 14 years been concentrating on fiction, via short films, features and tv drama. As a producer, her short films have screened at festivals throughout the world and won many awards including a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Daddy's Girl. Her TV dramas have played to both critical and popular acclaim, as well as winning many awards and nominations throughout Europe, including the Prix Italia and the Rose D’Or. She has worked as a line producer on several low budget HD features, and as associate producer and script editor on The Acid House written by Irvine Welsh and directed by Paul McGuigan.

Carolynne produced two of Joern Utkilen’s short films, Little Red Hoodie and Asylum, both for Film 4 and is currently working with co-producer Matthieu de Braconier on Joern’s first feature film, again with Film 4. Her first credit as a radio producer came in 2011 with the comedy series Ruby for Radio Scotland, written by Sanjeev Kohli and Donald Mcleary. This last credit had a nice circular feel to it, taking Carolynne back to her youth when she was a trainee at Moray Firth Radio in Inverness, singing jingles and presenting a show containing lots of dark, difficult and depressing goth music. She is now a much happier person.


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Charlotte Wontner

Producer

Charlotte Wontner has worked extensively across documentary and drama as a producer and a production manager for sixteen years. Her hands-on experience of running a budget and organising large productions is invaluable. She has produced three short films including A Fairy Story and the £2.2 million feature The Sick House which is currently being sold by Arclight films.