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Kim Hopkins – Producer/Director
Kim is from Yorkshire, England. Born to an American father and an English mother, Kim has spent most of her life in the UK.
A graduate of the UK (NFTS) National Film & Television School, (recently voted best film school in the world), Kim has been making award-winning TV documentaries for nearly 15 years. Kim is now a company director of ‘Labor Of Love Films Ltd’ a UK based production company, that specialises in feature documentaries. Straight out of film school, Kim conceived, wrote, directed and filmed ‘Man In The Sand’ (1999) a music documentary feature, telling the story of singer/songwriter Billy Bragg’s search for the untold story of Woody Guthrie. Commissioned by the BBC, ‘Man In The Sand’ features the making of Grammy nominated albums ‘Mermaid Avenue l, ll, & lll’. In 2002, Kim conceived, wrote, directed & filmed ‘Wanted’, a feature documentary funded by the UK film Council, A&E/WDR and the Soros Foundation. Described as ‘intelligent, stylish and unconventional’, ‘Wanted’ became a festival favourite, premiering at Locarno & London, Viennale International Film Festivals amongst many others. ‘Wanted’ told the story behind a suspected Native American serial killer.
Kim then spent the next decade plus producing, directing and shooting television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, NRK1 etc. Productions included ‘The Garage’, a formatted documentary multi-series set in Marbella, Spain, featuring the expat community and their love of ‘supercars’. ‘The Garage’ was nominated for Broadcast Award: Best Multi Channel Series (2006).
Kim has travelled the world: India, Mauritania, Ghana, Zambia, Morocco, Moldova, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Bolivia, Cambodia etc. making social-issue based programming, including ‘The Great Health Swindle’ (BBC & Al Jazeera), ‘On The Frontline’, multi-series for the BBC. ‘Morocco: Never Again’ featured women dissidents during King Hassan ll. leadership. It won ‘World TV Award’ in 2009. ‘Modern Slavery’ (2009) for NRK1, was winner of the Amanda Award (Norway). In between making TV documentaries, Kim also teaches documentary production and was also instrumental in setting up the documentary department at Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television de San Antonio, Cuba.
In 2008, Kim returned to her first love ‘feature documentaries’ and five year labour of love culminated in ‘Folie á Deux: madness made of two’, which focused on the human cost of the banking crisis. ‘Folie á Deux: madness made of two’ premiered to a full-house in Tuschinski 1 at (IDFA) International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. ‘Folie á Deux: madness made of two’ went onto screen at several International film festivals and was picked up by BBC Storyville and broadcast late 2013. Commissioning editor, Nick Fraser, described it as “not just a great film, but an important film”. ‘Folie á Deux: madness made of two’ was critically acclaimed throughout the British national press and was voted in the top 10 films of 2013, by Huffington Post UK. ‘Folie á Deux’ is being distributed by Ballpark Distributors. Kim is currently developing two major feature documentaries planned for 2016/17.
Margareta Szabo - Producer/Actress
I am a producer and actress of Hungarian-Greek origins. After graduating out of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (Budapest), I went on to study English literature and philosophy to Pazmany Peter Catholic University. I started my career as an actress having had residency in the multi-award winning Budapest Kamara Theatre. There I played central characters (eg: Chekhov 'Three Sisters') and won ‘Most Promising Newcomer Award’ in 2007.
TV/Film credits include EMERALD CITY (dir:Tarsem Singh), the Golden-globe nominated IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (dir. Angelina Jolie), THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH (dir: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan) etc. Having worked on the other side of the camera, and having read loads of plays and scripts have given me an invaluable insight and understanding of the process of filmmaking, what makes a great story, storyline and interesting character.
Having spent a decade in the theatre, I also had a chance to experience up close the audience, their tastes and reactions. In 2012, I co-founded Labor of Love Films Ltd. My first film as a producer HOTEL FOLLY -FOLIE A DEUX, a feature documentary about the human cost of the banking crisis. (IDFA, BBC Storyville). I am currently producing feature documentary VOICES OF THE SEA - A CUBAN ODYSSEY for ITVS.
I'm a Future Producers School and Berlinale Talents 2016 alumna.