Alison Piper is a Glasgow based director, drawn to bold stories of activism and social change, particularly stories inspired by women.
Alison graduated from the Northern Film School in 2009 with a BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production. She 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 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 screen as part of Series 2 this Spring. 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 latest short film 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 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 will premiere at the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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 towards issues of land ownership and the history of land reform in Scotland.