Alison Butler has been working as a Production Designer and Art Director in Film and Television since 1998. Alison became interested in Theatre, Animation & Puppetry while traveling through Eastern Europe and designed for a variety of puppet theatre companies before working on the much loved Children’s TV series ‘Rosie & Jim’. Alison continued to art direct Children’s TV for: Ragdoll, Disney, CiTV and Wish Films before graduating to Designing hit shows including CBeebies’ ‘Gigglebiz’, ‘Something Special’ and ‘Get Well Soon’.
Working with Nick Broomfield on ‘Ghosts’ confirmed Alison’s passion for Film and after collaborating on several low budget features, Alison designed the suburban thriller ‘Cherry Tree Lane’ for Director Paul Andrew Williams.
An ongoing working relationship with Warp Films, developed with ‘A Gun For George’, the Film4 backed directorial debut of comedian Matt Holness and continued with ‘Liam + Lenka’, Writer/Director Michael Keillor’s Highland Thriller. Another dark film followed with Jonathan Entwistle’s brilliant comic book adaptation, ‘The End of the Fucking World’ for Film4. Alison then proceeded to design Lucy Kirkwood’s directorial debut ‘The Briny’, a magical realist short for DNA & Film4, beautifully filmed by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.
Alison then once again collaborated with Director Paul Andrew Williams on the multi award winning BBC3 single drama ‘Murdered by My Boyfriend’. This hard-hitting portrayal of domestic violence, scooped awards at both RTS and BAFTA, crossed over to BBC1 and became one of the most talked about dramas of 2014.
In 2015 Alison designed the highly creative BBC Original Drama Shorts for three breakthrough Directors, followed by the BAFTA winning ‘Secret Life of Boys’, a BBC/ABC Australia co-production helmed by Director Beryl Richards. Collaborating with Beryl once again, Alison recently designed her short film, ‘Firework’ which follows the visually arresting journey of a teenager with special needs entering adulthood.
In 2016 Alison enjoyed the adventure and challenge of designing four much acclaimed and visually diverse films set in 1967 for Series 4 of ‘Endeavour’ (Mammoth/ITV). With the great Helen Ziegler at the helm as Producer, Alison was also lucky to collaborate with four brilliant Directors: Ashley Pearce, Michael Lennox, Borkur Sigthorsson and Jim Loach.
In 2017, Alison very much enjoyed collaborating with the Director Amit Gupta, renowned for the award winning film ‘Resistance’ starring Andrea Riseborough. Alison, Amit and team had great fun creating the quirky two-part Romantic Comedy, ‘Thanks For The Memories’. Set in Oxford, this ‘across the tracks’ love story, stars Tom Wlaschiha, Tamzin Merchant and James Fleet, with the finished Film due to be released in 2018.