Drama

HOLLYOAKS

© Lime Pictures

Amy was invited to direct a block of the award-winning Channel 4 drama in autumn 2019. The episodes revolved around the climax of the hard-hitting white supremacist storyline and found Ste Hay desperately trying to escape from the evil Stuart and his dangerous sidekick Johnny. Ste doesn’t know who to trust but finds an unlikely ally in neighbour Azim…

Exec Producer Bryan Kirkwood described the episodes as ‘confident and elegant’, and Amy was soon asked back to shoot another block of 5 more eps in January 2020, as well as shooting pickups and additional scenes for other Director’s blocks too.

At the time of the coronavirus shutdown Amy was just commencing prep on her 3rd block of episodes.

DOCTORS

The Crack in the Door. March 2020. © BBC Studios

In 2018 Amy was selected from hundreds of applicants for the BBC Continuing Drama Directors scheme. This led to directing an episode of the popular BBC1 daytime drama ‘Doctors’, which in turn led to a further 3 blocks of episodes (10 in total) across 2019 / 2020.

The Doctors ‘story of the day’ format is like making individual 30min short films, according to Exec Mike Hobson as each script has it’s own genre, standalone narrative, guest cast and new locations, and as such Amy took to this incredibly adeptly. Her ability to switch between style and genre, from comedy to high emotion, employing visual flair and coaxing memorable and emotional performances from guest and regular cast alike on a truly demanding schedule quickly led to being asked back to direct again.

Amy’s episodes to date:

Believe Her, Polar Shift, Sticky, Lust for Life, Divergent, Intervention, Here for the beer, Spitting Dragonflies, The Crack in the Door, Look Sharp.