Alison Piper is a Glasgow based writer / director, drawn to bold stories of activism and social change, particularly stories inspired by women.
Alison’s latest short film Duck Daze tells the story of a Hebridean woman who gets revenge on her childhood abuser, with the help of a duck. Written by award-winning playwright Julia Taudevin, Duck Daze stars BAFTA winner Daniela Nardini alongside the legendary Gaelic actor and performer Dolina MacLennan. Duck Daze was funded by BFI NET.WORK and developed as part of the Scottish Film Talent Network’s New Talent Scheme; the film premiered at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Alison graduated from the Northern Film School in 2009 with a BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production. Further training includes a foundation Screenwriting course at the London Film Academy and a course in Script Reading and Editing at the Met Film School. Alison has been a member of BAFTA Crew since 2016 and was selected as a director in the 2017 BAFTA CREW / BFI NET.WORK scheme.
Alison’s career began with a fine-art filmmaking practice. She often collaborates with artist Rachel McBrinn, their film Installation ‘A Lower Volume’ was exhibited as part of the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize. Alison’s first narrative film ‘Stalactites’, starring Kate Dickie, premiered at the Glasgow Short Film Festival in 2015.
Alison’s second short film Free Period, a ‘Glaswegian stand-off between a schoolgirl and a tampon machine’, was acquisitioned by BBC iPlayer in February 2019 as part of the ‘Next Big Thing’ programme and will be broadcast as part of Series 2 this Summer. Free Period first screened in the Scottish Parliament at the launch of MSP Monica Lennon's members' bill to end period poverty in 2016. Since then, Free Period has been touring UK and international film festivals, winning the XX Award for best female representation at Underwire Film Festival 2017, where the film was also nominated for the Screenwriting award. Other awards for Free Period include 'Best Short Film' at Crystal Palace International Film Festival and 'Best Actress in a Short Film' for Jasmin Riggins at the 2018 Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York.
Alison’s work as a director is benefitted by her career as an Assistant Director. She was awarded a placement as a trainee Assistant Director with Screen NETS Advance in 2013, her full-time credits include Sunshine On Leith, Outlander Series 1-3, T2 Trainspotting, and Outlaw King.
Alison is continually inspired by Scotland’s rich history of activism. She uses Free Period as a tool to campaign for free access to sanitary care and she understands cinema as a platform to inspire social change. To this end, as she works towards her first feature film, Alison’s research is focused toward issues of land ownership and the history of land reform in Scotland.