Since it was started in 2012, Labor of Love Films have worked tirelessly to earn a place as one of the most respected regional U.K. production companies. We are all about creating dynamic, engaging films and pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve. We are passionate, driven and perhaps most importantly kind. Our work is known for its depth of integrity, craft, and ability to push boundaries, entertain and inspire. At heart we are storytellers. We tell small stories, big stories, serious stories, funny stories, and always human stories.
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Labor of Love Films have been located in the North of England since 2012. We are a small, but perfectly formed, female-led, predominantly documentary-making film company. We have won recognition both at home and abroad, and we specialise in culturally important feature documentaries, often featuring regional life stories with universal appeal. We produce artistically edgy work, mainly financed by UK and U.S. funding bodies such as the BFI, DocSociety, Catapult Film Fund, ITVS (U.S.), Screen Yorkshire. Our films have been selected and won awards at A-list international film festivals such as: Locarno, BFI London FF, IDFA, True/False FF, Sheffield DocFest, Viennale, Berlinale, Edinburgh Int. FF just to name a few. We’ve produced films for the leading U.K. and international television channels such as: BBC 4, BBC 2, BBC World, C4, PBS/POV, ARTE, NRK1, Discovery, Al Jazeera, WDR, A & E etc. We are also one of the few professional filmmaking companies based in York and play an active role in supporting the creative community and cultural life of the city. Director Kim Hopkins has filmed in such sensitive subject areas as healthcare in Ghana, Mozambique and Bolivia. Women dissidents in Morocco. Sex slaves in Moldova. Brick kiln slaves in Northern India and so-called honour killings in Turkey. Kim has made several films about Native Americans, most notably 'Wanted' a feature length documentary focusing on the Oglala Lakota Police Force on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, USA. She made critically acclaimed 'Man In The Sand', a feature documentary featuring Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Natalie Merchant and Corey Harris. Kim teamed up with producer Margareta Szabo to make Hotel Folly - Folie á Deux, a feature length documentary that premiered at IDFA and was broadcast on BBC Storyville. 'Voices of the Sea'(Voces del Mar) broadcast PBS/POV, Arte, BBC World Storyville. Currently they are in production on A Bunch of Amateurs, feature documentary slated for 2022/23, supported by BFI/DocSoc, Screen Yorkshire, Catapult FF, Good Gravy Films. A Bunch of Amateurs Is set for theatrical release in the autumn of 2022, and a broadcast on BBC Storyville at the end of the year. Labor of Love Films are developing several feature documentaries for 2024/25.