Alison Piper is a Glasgow based director, drawn to stories that use humour to explore controversies and highlight inequalities.
After graduating from the Northern Film School in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Film and Moving Image Production, Alison began working in the UK film Industry as a runner and more recently as a 2nd Assistant Director. Her practice as a drama director is benefited by her experience as an AD, working on productions such as Outlander, Netflix’s Outlaw King, Trainspotting 2, BBC’s Clique, Rillington Place and River City.
Alison’s short film Free Period, a ‘Glaswegian stand-off between a schoolgirl and a tampon machine’, was acquisitioned by BBC iPlayer in February 2019. The film 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 is currently in post-production with short film ‘Duck Daze’, funded by BFI NET.WORK and developed as part of the Scottish Film Talent Network’s New Talent Scheme. Duck Daze is a bold story about 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 is a collaboration with Hopscotch Films, Dresden Pictures and Gentle Giant Productions, and stars BAFTA winner Daniela Nardini alongside the legendary Gaelic actor and performer Dolina MacLennan.