Lindy Heymann

Director of TV, film and music videos.

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Biography

Lindy Heymann is an award-winning writer and director who received a BIFA (Best Directorial Debut) for her feature film Showboy, which also won Best Film at the Milan International Film Festival. Released theatrically in the US it was described by the NY Times as “a clever hide-and-seek game of reality v/s fiction”. 

Lindy was nominated for a Best British Newcomer award at the London Film Festival for her second feature, Kicks, a dark, coming of age story, which was nominated for the Michael Powell award. The film went on the win two Trailblazer awards at EIFF, and was released in the UK by New Wave.

Lindy co-wrote & directed the short film, The Laughing King, starring Colin Morgan (Humans, Merlin) which touches on the subject of male suicide. It premiered at the LSFF where Lindy was nominated for Best Female Director. Released online, the film is being used to raise funds for the mental health charity CALM and has reached an international audience.

Lindy has transferred her talents to several TV projects. She directed a TV film of I Told My Mum I Was Going on an RE Trip... for BBC. It was an adaptation of acclaimed theatre company, 20 Stories High’s original play. Four young actresses play multiple roles telling the verbatim stories of more than 50 real women who have experienced pregnancy and abortion. It was The Guardian’s Pick of the Week, The Times’ Critic’s Choice & What to Watch in The Telegraph.

Lindy also directed several episodes of the recent adaptation of The Worst Witch (Jill Murphy’s much loved, classic children’s books about a trainee witch) for CBBC / ZDF and Netflix. She has also contributed to BAFTA nominated Humans and BBC’s critically acclaimed Thirteen, which she worked on as 2nd Unit Director.

Over the years Lindy has directed music videos and short films, working with a wide range of artists including Chase & Status, Take That, Imelda May, The Charlatans, Suede, Faithless as well as a concert DVD for The Specials (nominated for a UK Music Video Award).

Lindy’s feature films in development include 4REAL, a biopic of Manic Street Preachers’ missing guitarist Richey Edwards, in development with Headgear / Creative England / BFI and Rum Doxy Diver about a feisty, female pickpocket set in the Victorian Underworld, with Hurricane Films.

BAFTA recently selected Lindy for Elevate - an initiative promoting talented female directors to the wider industry.

CV

Film

Director

The Laughing King
Nominated for Best Woman Director at the London Short Film Festival
Short Film
Producer Andy Stebbing, Paul Sparrow
Writer Lindy Heymann & Leigh Campbell
Starring
  • Colin Morgan
  • Kerrie Hayes
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    Short film about an alienated young man and his chance encounter with a stranger.

    Sponge Films/Alphabet Soup
     
    The Specials - Live Concert
    Nominated for MVA Best Live Concert Video
    Producer Tom Colbourne
    Starring
  • The Specials
  •  

    Live concert film of influential Ska band The Specials' 30th Anniversary reunion UK tour

    Sky Arts
    Blink TV
     
    Kicks
    Nominated for The Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009
    Producer Andy Stebbing
    Writer Leigh Campbell
    Starring
  • Nichola Burley
  • Kerrie Hayes
  •  

    Two teenage girls bond over their mutual obsession of a footballer, when it gets out of hand their fantasy quickly descends into a nightmare.

    New Wave Films, Sponge Films, BBC Films
     
    Showboy
    BIFA (Best Directorial Debut at The British Independent Film Awards), Best Film Milan Independent Film Festival
    Producer Jason Buchtel
    Writer Christian Taylor & Lindy Heymann
    Starring
  • Christian Taylor
  • Lindy Heymann
  • Whoopi Goldberg (cameo)
  • Siegfried & Roy (cameo)
  • Alan Ball (cameo)
  •  

    Mockumentary which fuses improvisation, documentary and drama and follows a writer when he is fired from a hit TV show, Six Feet Under and looks into becoming a chorus boy in Vegas whilst a documentary crew follows his efforts.

    Regent Releasing (US)
    Fite Films, Squeak Pictures
     
    Producer Alexandra Stone & Stephen Mallit
    Writer Thomas Martin
     

    Feature film drama following the story of Richey Edwards, the guitarist from The Manic Street Preachers who went missing.


    Creative England, BFI, Headgear
    In Development
     
    Producer Sol Papadopolous & Roy Boulter
    Writer Leigh Campbell
     

    Feature Adaptation of Sara  Stockbridge’s acclaimed novel, Hammer, about a Victorian female pickpocket.

    Hurricane Films
    In Development
     

    TV

    Director

    Producer Emma Cahusac (Exec); Andrew Fettes(Series Producer)
    Writer Julia Samuels
     

    A TV adaptation of a verbatim theatre piece by acclaimed theatre company, 20 Stories High featuring four young actresses that tackles the subject of abortion.

    Broadcast in 2018 as part of BBC2’s Performance Live strand.

    Battersea Arts / Arts Council for BBC
     
    The Worst Witch
    Eps 7, 8 & 9
    Producer Lucy Martin, Marcus Wilson (Exec)
    Starring
  • Bella Ramsey
  • Claire Higgins
  • Raquel Cassidy
  • Amanda Holden
  •  

    TV Adaptation of Jill Murphy’s acclaimed children’s books which  follows the adventures and mishaps of novice witch, Mildred Hubble.

    CBBC / ZDF / Netflix
     
    Writer Dan Hines, Chris Sussman
    Starring
  • Miranda Hart
  • Greg Davies
  • Alice Lowe
  •  

    A TV pilot for a silent sketch show.

    Silver River for BBC
     
    Producer Caroline Norbury
     

    Documentary about 4 suburban transvestites.



    Channel 4
     
    Producer Jennifer Granville
     

    A documentary about an eccentric couple who owned a country house hotel in Norfolk and aren't suited to it. 

    Anglia TV
     
    Service
    1 x 30'
    Producer Clive Brill
    Writer Tony Saint
    Starring
  • Joe Armstrong
  • Mathew Marsh
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    Half hour film for Channel 4's Coming Up strand set in a motor way service station.
    Ideal World Productions for Channel 4