A documentary director/producer with several international awards, Amy Hardie graduated from the National Film and Television School with the BP Expo award for best U.K. graduation film. She set up the Scottish Documentary Institute in 2004 with Noe Mendelle, and also created Docspace, dedicated to increasing the audience for serious documentaries. The Edge of Dreaming is her first personal film.
Hardie’s international credentials include seven awards for her documentaries and 19 international festival presentations since 2003 including at IDFA (Netherlands), Hot Docs (Canada), AIDC (Australia) and Sundance (United States). She has been an invited international jury member for the Nordisk Panorama, European Golden Link, Soho Reels, BAFTA New Talent, DokumentART, DocAviv and the international Grierson Awards. She co-curated the documentary program for the new Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and ran the innovative metacinema workshops. She has written articles for the international documentary magazines Vertigo and DOX, and has been included in the top 100 advocates for documentary in RealScreen (2005) and in the top 100 cultural contributors in The List, Scotland (2004).
Recently, Hardie has focused on collaborations with leading scientists, including Irving Weissman, director of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine; Shinya Yamanaka, who recently received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research; Adam Zeman, whose new book, A Portrait of the Brain, was selected by the Financial Times as one of the two top science books of the year; Mark Solms, recipient of the International Psychiatrist Award of the American Psychiatric Association and the George Sarton Medal; and Nobel laureate Martin Evans.