Upon hearing of her brother’s suicide, a young woman returns home to discover her father in denial and the family farm close to ruin.
The Levelling was developed and commissioned under the iFeatures scheme - the low budget filmmaking scheme funded by Creative England, the BFI and BBC Films. It is produced by Rachel Robey of Wellington Films. Hope's debut feature had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016. In October it premiered at the London Film Festival where Hope won the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI. The film played at further festivals including Thessaloniki, Bath, the Underwire Film Festival, Les Arcs, Rotterdam, Goteborg, Lucca, the Barcelona Auteur Festival, Crossing Europe Festival in Linz, and the Sydney Film Festival where Hope was one of ten European female filmmakers being showcased at the festival.
Starring: Ellie Kendrick, Jack Holden, Joe Blakemore, Clare Burt, Angela Curran and David Troughton.
THE LEVELLING - trailer
The Dawn Chorus
It’s been seven years since the plane crashed, but Bonnie and Lloyd are still searching for their parents in the wreckage.
Award-winning short film produced as Hope's thesis project from Columbia University's Film Programme.
Produced by Jennifer Westin
Starring Valerie Shusterov & Henry Glovinsky
The Dawn Chorus
The Moffatts’ sick young daughter Franny almost died in October, and so the family held a fake Christmas for her. Today is December 25th and Franny is still alive but the rest of the family have fallen apart.
Award-winning short film created for Film London's Pulse Plus scheme. Starring Kerry Fox, Amelia Foster & Peter Sullivan.
13 -year-old Nina hates her Mom, her thighs and the ill-fitting bridesmaid dress she must wear tomorrow at her mother's wedding. When her Mom has to help her out of the dress, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
Starring Valerie Shusterov and Julie Kessler
A young Polish woman moves to Glasgow and finds it hard to make friends - until she stumbles upon her upstairs neighbour who teaches her how to speak Glaswegian like a native.
Written by Stewart Thompson
Directed by Hope Dickson Leach
Produced by Vicki Patterson & Jack Ravenscroft
Starring Edyta Budnik, James Grant, Jamie Quinn and Ann Downie
Produced as part of the Coming Up scheme, by IWC media and Touchpaper TV
Broadcast on Channel 4, 30 Sept 2009
Nominated for BAFTA SCOTLAND NEW TALENT AWARD - FICTION
Created for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Five Minute Theatre, this was a one-take live piece of filmed theatre about the wedding night of Prince William and his bride. The audience played the paparazzi in the piece and shouted out to the actors playing William and Kate.
Starring Hannah Dale, Jordan McCurrach and Robbie Mack.
Currently it has been watched over 8000 times on Vimeo and YouTube.
Varna really, really wants her hair to look like Dolly Parton's for the school prom. But with the help and hellfire of a beauty salon, she'll learn to discover her own inner beauty.
Written by Susan Batten
Starring Michele Medlin
Ladies in Waiting
New girls wait to see the doctor at their boarding school. As they wonder what will happen in the doctor's office, alliances are made and broken.