Tim Pope started making films, aged 9. It would take him 3 months to save up for a single roll of Kodak 8mm film, growing up in north London in the late '70s. He was one of the first students to take film at UK exam O-Level, studying Buñuel, Hitchcock and Polanski. He was featured in the London Evening Standard and on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme as a budding director, aged 18. He later attended film schools at Hornsey College and Ravensbourne. His first job was at a company that trained politicians to go on TV, including clients like the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey. Pope visited No. 10 Downing Street several times and would purloin the camera afterwards to film the gigs of post-punk bands like The Specials. He became the sixth ever pop promo director in the world, directing his first clip for Soft Cell in 1981 for the song "Bedsitter." His work has been cited by many directors to have influenced their own work, from the eighties to present. Pope has made 200+ clips with amongst others Fatboy Slim, The Kaiser Chiefs, David Bowie, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Wilko Johnson, Matt Johnson's The The, Roger Daltrey and The Cure. The latter is perhaps his most famous working relationship, totaling 23 clips across 18 years. Pope was awarded a CADS Outstanding Achievement award in 2005, to join on his mantlepiece other awards from MTV to the Brits. He has shot many lauded commercials for clients such as Agent Provocateur, Kodak, Renault, Coca-Cola and the BBC. In addition, he has directed TV shows, live concerts, and in the nineties the short film "Phone" of which Martin Scorcese said he thought the acting was particularly good. This was followed for Pope by the feature film "The Crow: City of Angels" that for Dimension/Miramax and producers Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein hit the Number One spot in America, and as trade magazine Variety said "becomes the highest Labor Day weekend opener ever." In 1991 Pope was co-founder of production company Cowboy Films, London, that produced feature films such as the Oscar/BAFTA winner "The Last King of Scotland" and TV shows like C4's "Top Boy" as well as being a highly successful production company of commercials and videos. He continues to work to this day in videos, commercials and longer form projects and is developing scripts for feature films, documentaries and projects for TV. He was in 2012 the subject of a Sky TV documentary, meeting up again with old friends such as Paul Weller, Marc Almond, Norman Cook and Robert Smith. In 2014 he went to South America with The Cure and filmed eight concerts in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico for an intended documentary. He also edited a concert film for Neil Young, "Shakey in London," previously shot in 2009 at Hammersmith in London. Pope is currently an occasional associate lecturer in film, working at Chichester University. His stamp collection lays collecting dust in his attic, of which he says: "I hope one day to pick this up again, along with my hobby of crocheting, when time permits."
See the Tim Pope doco here.