Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde is a founding member of film collective Closer Productions. She makes provocative and intimate fiction and documentary films.
In 2014, Sophie’s debut feature drama 52 Tuesdays (director, producer, co-writer), won the Directing award for World cinema at Sundance Film Festival and the Crystal Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival. 52 Tuesdays was set and filmed every Tuesday, only on Tuesdays, for one year. Made as an innovative low budget film, it has gone on to release theatrically around the world and win many awards including an Australian Writers Guild award for best feature screenplay. Alongside the film, she drove its companion project My 52 Tuesdays, a worldwide participatory work, accessed via through a portable photobooth and smartphone app.
Sophie’s feature documentaries include Life in Movement (producer/co-director), winner of the Australian Documentary Prize and the Cinedans Grand Jury and Audience Awards, Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (producer), and Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (producer), which both premiered at Sundance Film Festival. She recently produced the short My Best Friend if Stuck on the Ceiling (Palm Springs, Sydney, Melbourne), and is currently producing Maya Newell’s new documentary focusing on two-way education models for Australia’s indigenous children.
Sophie makes screen work for exhibition including new multi-screen works for Carriageworks and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Her short drama, dance, drama and documentary works have won prestigious awards around the world. Sophie is attached to direct UK film Animals based on the highly acclaimed novel by Emma Jane Unsworth, and is in post-production on F**king Adelaide, a six-part drama/comedy series for ABC TV.