Amy Neil grew up in Galloway, South West Scotland.  After studying English Literature at Glasgow University, she adventured to Tokyo to study Japanese and Film on a Monbusho Scholarship.  In Tokyo she started working with Guerrilla filmmakers as a camera assistant, writer, producer and eventually a director on her first short film – UNTHINK.  On returning to she continued to write and secured her first commission to make the 15 minute short CAN’T STOP BREATHING. It was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA for Best British Short in 2005 and won a Scottish BAFTA for Best New Work. Following the success of CAN’T STOP BREATHING, Amy has been commissioned to make two more short films, which will complete her trilogy.  MA BOY is a low budget DIGICULT commission starring Shirley Henderson and was completed in early 2006.  ICICLE MELT is Amy’s first foreign co-production, shot in , very close to the Arctic Circle. ICICLE MELT stars Greta Scacchi in the lead role and will be completed in July 2006.

Amy Neil was awarded the bursary in recognition of her short film CAN'T STOP BREATHING.

A delicate portrait of a mother and daughter's strained existence together in the Scottish countryside. A birthday celebration is hampered by a crumbling life that is held together by a daughter's love.

Amy Neil on the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award:

Because of the award I have been able to leave my jobs for a while and have put myself into enforced isolation in the Galloway hills to start work on my feature.  It is very difficult and I often feel like giving up but in these times of fear I just think of Emily saying ‘I think you should write a feature.

I feel so lucky to be introduced to such an amazing network of people in the world of film and theatre.  As a new filmmaker one of the most difficult things is breaking into the industry and meeting people who will give you time and encouragement.

It is such a special honour.”

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