Kim Hopkins

Old York, Old York, England, United Kingdom

Film Projects


Kim is from Yorkshire, England. Born to an American father and an English mother, Kim has spent most of her life in the UK. A graduate of the UK (NFTS) National Film & Television School, (recently voted best film school in the world), Kim has been making award-winning TV documentaries for nearly 15 years. Kim is now a company director of Labor Of Love Films Ltd a UK based production company, that specialises in feature documentaries. Straight out of film school, Kim conceived, wrote, directed and filmed 'Man In The Sand' (1999) a music documentary feature, telling the story of singer/songwriter Billy Bragg's search for the untold story of Woody Guthrie. Commissioned by the BBC, 'Man In The Sand' features the making of Grammy nominated albums 'Mermaid Avenue l, ll, & lll. In 2002, Kim conceived, wrote, directed & filmed 'Wanted', a feature documentary funded by the UK film Council, A&E/WDR and the Soros Foundation. Described as intelligent, stylish and unconventional, Wanted became a festival favourite, premiering at Locarno & London, Viennale International Film Festivals amongst many others. Wanted told the story behind a suspected Native American serial killer. Kim then spent the next decade plus producing, directing and shooting television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, NRK1 etc. Productions included 'The Garage', a formatted documentary multi-series set in Marbella, Spain, featuring the expat community and their love of supercars. The Garage was nominated for Broadcast Award: Best Multi Channel Series (2006). Kim has travelled the world: India, Mauritania, Ghana, Zambia, Morocco, Moldova, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Bolivia, Cambodia etc. making social-issue based programming, including The Great Health Swindle (BBC & Al Jazeera), On The Frontline, multi-series for the BBC. Morocco: Never Again featured women dissidents during King Hassan ll. leadership. It won World TV Award in 2009. Modern Slavery (2009) for NRK1, was winner of the Amanda Award (Norway). In between making TV documentaries, Kim taught documentary production and was also instrumental in setting up the documentary department at Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television de San Antonio, Cuba. In 2008, Kim returned to her first love feature documentaries and a five year labour of love culminated in Hotel Folly/Folie à Deux, which focused on the human cost of the banking crisis. Folie à Deux premiered to a full-house in Tuschinski 1 at (IDFA) International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. Folie á Deux went onto screen at several International film festivals and was picked-up by BBC Storyville and broadcast late 2013. Commissioning editor, Nick Fraser, described it as not just a great film, but an important film, Folie à Deux was critically acclaimed throughout the British national press and was voted in the top 10 films of 2013, by Huffington Post UK. . In 2018, Kim produced & Directed 'Voices of the Sea' (ITVS supported) broadcast on POV, Arté, Why, premiered at True/False, won best documentary at several international festivals. Kim is currently in production of her latest feature doc, 'A Bunch of Amateurs' (supported by BFI/DocSoc & Catapult).