Hope Dickson Leach wins 2017 Scottish BAFTA

The Levelling

When a young Somerset farmer shoots himself his sister Clover sets out to understand what may have driven him to this, and in doing so is forced to confront her own role in the tragedy.




Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (25) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Charlie is dead, she must return to her family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey.  She is shocked to discover her home changed forever by the devastating floods that destroyed the area six months earlier, and Aubrey a tormented shadow of his former self. As she learns what has been going on in her long absence she and her father forge a new understanding, but can it withstand the troubles that they face on the ravaged farm as well as the truth of what drove Charlie to take his own life? 

The Levelling shot in Somerset. Starring Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones).

Mongrel International has now aquired international sales rights. Peccadillo Pictures is distributing the film in the UK and Ireland.

Follow the progress of the team and project on Twitter #TheLevelling & @thelevelling and check out their Storify page here.

Hope and Rachel are also doing a blog for Women In Film & Television on their journey through iFeatures. You can read it here.


  • Best Writer - Film/Television (Hope Dickson Leach) - BAFTA Scotland Awards
  • IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award - BFI London Film Festival
  • Best Feature Film - Crossing the Screen Awards


  • Best Director - Fiction (Hope Dickson Leach) - BAFTA Scotland Awards
  • The Sutherland Award - BFI London Film Festival
  • Best Debut Screenwriter - British Independent Film Awards


  • The Levelling had it's World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2016 as part of the festival's Discovery section.
  • Moscow New British FF 2016
  • Cucalurous 2016
  • Thessaloniki 2016
  • Les Arcs 2016
  • Rotterdam Bright Future 2017
  • Goteborg 2017
  • British FF in Armenia 2017
  • Lucca, Italia 2017
  • Linz Crossing Europe 2017
  • Barcelona Auteur 2017
  • Baku British FF 2017
  • Bermuda 2017
  • Madrid ImagineIndia 2017
  • Sydney 2017
  • Helsinki 2017
  • Ghent 2017
  • Dinard Festival Du Film Brittanique 2017


  • UK premiere at the London Film Festival in October 2016, screening in the 1st feature competition.
  • Glasgow Film Festival 2017
  • Bath Film Festival


Hope Dickson Leach - Writer/Director

Hope completed her MFA in filmmaking at Columbia University where she made three short films that played at festivals worldwide. While in New York she was assistant to Todd Solondz on his film Palindromes. Hope’s award-winning thesis film The Dawn Chorus was selected for Sundance, Edinburgh, London and many other festivals. Screen International made her a Star of Tomorrow and Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’. Since her return to the UK, she has made further acclaimed short works for Channel 4, Film London, the UK Film Council and the National Theatre of Scotland. She is currently developing several feature films including coming-of-age comedy English Rose for Wellington Films and Covert Productions (USA) supported by the BFI and Film4, dystopian political thriller The Queen Of Jura supported by Creative Scotland and cross-media project Overexposed with Magnified Pictures which was recently selected for Power to the Pixel's 2014 lab. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons.  Hope is represented by Elinor Burns at Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates.

You can visit Hope's website here . You can also follow Hope on twitter @hopedickle.

Rachel Robey - Producer

Wellington Films was founded in 2000 by producers Rachel Robey and Alastair Clark. Their BAFTA-nominated debut feature, London To Brighton (Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006, Toronto International Film Festival 2006) earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards and a nomination at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for British Film Producers of the Year. It was released by Vertigo Films to huge critical acclaim and earned director Paul Andrew Williams a BAFTA nomination for the Carl Foreman Award. It has since been named by TimeOut London as one of the top 100 British films of all time. Other credits include Better Things, the critically acclaimed debut feature film by Duane Hopkins (Cannes Film Festival - Critics Week 2008, Toronto International Film Festival 2008), Alexis Dos Santos' Unmade Beds (Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema section 2009, Berlinale -- Generations section 2009) and Justin Molotnikov's Crying With Laughter (South-by-South-West 2009, Best Film at BAFTA Scotland 2009). Wellington is currently in active development on a slate of feature film projects with development finance from the BFI, Film4, Creative England, Creative Scotland, Ingenious and the British Film Company.

You can follow Wellington Films on twitter @wellingtonfilms.  


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