Copper Alley Productions is an award-winning production company based in Dublin, Ireland. We develop and produce short and feature length narrative films. We are interested in character driven, intellectually rigorous, philosophically curious and emotionally engaged cinema with a strong audience focus.
Our work has been selected internationally at over 65 festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, Fantastic Fest; has received multiple awards at the Galway Film Fleadh; and has been nominated by the Irish Film & Television Academy. The company currently has five feature films in development with Screen Ireland and the Arts Council.
The company is led by IFTA nominated Producer and CEO Lara Hickey, supported by company Creative Director Jack Hickey, along with James Hickey, former CEO of Screen Ireland, as our company Chair, and Production & Development Executive Sarah Ahern. Lara is also Co-director of X-POLLINATOR, a development initiative for female creative talent, with Co-director and founder Katie Holly (Blinder Films), Producer for Jack Reynor’s Anabasis Films and Producer of Story House for Element Pictures.
Copper Alley is a member of the European Producers Club, Screen Producers Ireland, Women in Film and Television, European Women’s Audio-visual Network (EWA), the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) and the European Film Academy.
CEO & CREATIVE PRODUCER
LARA HICKEY is an award winning Irish producer with Copper Alley Productions, based in Dublin, and holds a First Class Honours MA in Creative Production and Screen Finance from the National Film School, IADT. Lara has recently been nominated for the Galway Film Fleadh’s Bingham Ray Award at the 34th Galway Film Fleadh.
Lara produced the IFTA nominated BAINNE, directed by Jack Reynor and starring Will Poulter, in association with Sky Arts and Screen Ireland which won Best First Short at Galway Film Fleadh 2019, and that same year CYNTHIA, directed by Jack Hickey and starring Clare Dunne and Moe Dunford won the prestigious Tiernan McBride award for Best Short Drama, longlisting it for the Academy Awards. She has since gone on to produce four more short films and had her work selected internationally at over 65 festivals including Sitges Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and most recently with the Screen Ireland Focus Short LAMB by Sinéad O’Loughlin, which had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and BURN IT ALL written & directed by Jack Hickey, which will have its world premiere at the 34th Galway Film Fleadh.
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 is an actor and award-winning writer and director based in Dublin. Jack made his debut short film as a writer/director in 2019. CYNTHIA, starring Clare Dunne (Kin, Herself) and Moe Dunford (Vikings, Dublin Murders), 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.
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
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 SAFE AS HOUSES directed by Mia Mullarkey (Mother & Baby) and produced by Claire McCabe (Samson Films), which was selected for the 34th Galway Film Fleadh. Furthermore, Sarah has received an artist bursary from Fingal County Council to develop two feature film projects: LET THEM IN.