Copper Alley Productions is an award-winning film and television production company based in Dublin, Ireland. We are a newly established company aiming to develop and produce short and feature length film and television drama with an Irish focus. We are interested in character driven, intellectually rigorous, philosophically curious and emotionally engaged cinema with a strong audience focus.

Our Team

Lara Hickey


Lara Hickey is an award winning Irish film and theatre producer with 14 years’ experience in project development for stage and screen.

Lara produced award winning short films such as the IFTA nominated BAINNE directed by Jack Reynor and starring Will Poulter, in association with Sky Arts and Screen Ireland (WINNER Best First Short at Galway Film Fleadh) and CYNTHIA, directed by Jack Hickey and starring Clare Dunne and Moe Dunford (WINNER Tiernan McBride Award Best Short Drama, Galway Film Fleadh and Best Short Film Irish Film London), which both premiered at the 31st Galway Film Fleadh and have gone on to screen at international festivals in Europe, the UK and the United States.


James Hickey


James Hickey has recently completed two terms as CEO of Screen Ireland from 2011 to 2019.

During his period as CEO, the agency funded many successful feature films and TV drama series, including the Academy Awards nominated feature films BROOKLYN, starring Saoirse Ronan, and ROOM directed by Lenny Abrahamson and the Golden Globes/Emmy nominated TV series NORMAL PEOPLE. Also funded by the agency during that period were the European co-productions, SONG OF THE SEA directed by Tomm Moore, THE LOBSTER directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and the three seasons TV series PENNY DREADFUL.


Jack Hickey


Jack Hickey is an actor and award-winning writer and director based between London and Dublin.

Jack made his debut short film as a writer/director in 2019. CYNTHIA, starring Clare Dunne and Moe Dunford, premiered at the 31st Galway Film Fleadh in July 2019 and won the prestigious Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama, and the award for Best Short Film at the Irish Film Awards in London, selected by Lenny Abrahamson (Normal People, Room), and the Audience Award at the Irish Film Festa Roma in 2020.


Sarah Ahern


Sarah works across the Copper Alley’s diverse production and development slate, bringing her experience of storytelling, production and distribution to a variety of exciting contemporary artists.

Sarah is also writer/director and has received funding from Screen Ireland’s prestigious Focus Shorts Scheme for a short film she has written called Too Slow, directed by Mia Mullarkey (Mother & Baby) and produced by Claire McCabe (Samson Films). Furthermore, Sarah has received an artist bursary from Fingal County Council to develop two feature film projects: Let Them In and What’s Hers is Mine. She is currently developing a TV Series called Get Messy, about on a non-binary person recovering from trauma in Dublin’s binge, arts scene.


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