27 May 2013


Ever since making VISION in 2010 I've had a hankering to dip my toes into the horror genre again. I've loved horror from a young age and attend FrightFest every year to see what new terrifically terrifying tales filmmakers have concocted.

Later in the year, once the evenings begin drawing in, I'll be directing a short horror film based on my own script. I wrote it last year but it was far too ambitious to attempt, I've since rewritten and taken everything back to it's core elements and themes, making it much more achievable. It's very much a continuation of the themes explored in Plastic Love and could easily be viewed as a companion piece.

I'm pleased to say Tim Blackwell and Debra Baker, from Plastic Love, will be featuring as the two lead roles. I love working with these two as they're fantastic actors and willing to push themselves and their performances. The film itself will be a dark comedy/horror, very British and idiosyncratic, think The Royle Family meets Fred and Rose West directed by Alan Clarke with a dash of Ken Russell.

I've created a mood board for the film as it's something I do for every script, some of the images relate to the actual script and others are purely random that I like and fit the tone. Check it out below and play name the film.

I can't say much more for now but follow me on Twitter for future updates or if you want to chat cinema.

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17 May 2013


Last year the Fingercuff gang spent a week in the crazy little coastal village of Portmeirion to shoot behind the scenes on the Clogau 2013 catalogue. Check out the video below featuring amongst other things, Fiona Brattle dancing on a wall, myself driving a golf buggy in timelapse, and some horses from BBC's Merlin.

16 May 2013


I'm proud to present the final Plastic Love poster by amazing artist Brian Canio. I discovered Brian's work on Instagram and he kindly agreed to illustrate a poster for me. It features all the main characters and imagery from the film and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I've always wanted an illustrated poster for one of my films and now I have one. Check out Brian's work and follow him on Instagram.

    Here's the trailer for good measure.

2 May 2013


A few different websites/blogs have been kind enough to review Plastic Love, so I thought I'd collect them all in one place. If you want to review it tweet me at @JamHoopFilm.

"A superb film, which mixes comedy and pathos to stunning effect." Read more.
 "A surprisingly tactful and poignant take on a range of very personal and taboo subjects." Read more.

"It's a vicars-in-knickers, curtain-twitching kind of titillation, turned up to eleven with warmth still in tact." Read more.
 "A controversial work that is both funny and disturbing." Read more. Plus an interview.

 "A deeply perverse yet quintessentially British comedy." Read more.

A Crazy Kind Of Love: An Interview with Director Jamie Hooper. Read more.

"A messed up story of love and lust. It’s funny, tragic and disturbing in equal measures." Read more.

"Things go from comical absurdity to sadness to peril to disgust, it is an absolute assault on your senses from start to finish." Read more.

"The combination of genuinely poignant moments juxtaposed against the black comedy really makes the film memorable." Read more.

"It's well shot, with an impressive soundtrack, good performances and an interesting mix of humour, pathos and drama." Read more.