Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde is a founder of Closer Productions, based in Adelaide, South Australia. She works as a director and producer making 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 in the Generation 14plus program 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 sell and release theatrically around the world. Alongside the film, it’s companion project My 52 Tuesdays, a participatory work has rolled out internationally with audiences engaging with it at festivals and for a full year beyond through a portable photobooth and smartphone app.
Sophie’s documentaries include Life in Movement (producer /co-director), which won many prizes including Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize at Sydney Film Fesival and the Cinedans Grand Jury & Audience Awards and Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (producer), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and went to New Directors New Films at MOMA. SULM released theatrically in the USA and Life in Movement in Australia and Germany in 2011 Both docs were nominated for Best Feature documentary at the AACTA awards 2011 with SULM winning best editor. In 2015 feature doc Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (producer) premiered at Sundance Film Festival and has since screened at festivals including Rotterdam and Hotdocs.
Sophie continues to make screen work for exhibition and her short drama, dance, experimental and documentary works have won prestigious awards around the world. She has Executive Produced several arts documentaries including hybrid doc I Want to Dance Better at Parties for ABC, which won the Dendy Award for Best Short Film. She is in post-production on a new sci-fi comedy short and in development on a series of new projects.
Sophie is a recipient of a Myer foundation fellowship and Screen Australia’s Feature Enterprise program.
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