About me

I’m a writer / director making films with complex female characters at the centre of the narrative. My previous short films have screened both at home in the UK and internationally at renowned festivals including LSFF, Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival and InsideOut Toronto.

My background is in producing having completed my masters degree at the Northern Media School, followed by working as a producer on independent short films and promos including the award winning Film London funded short film PHYSICAL EDUCATION (2010). The following year I made my non student directorial debut with the Film London backed coming of age film FIRST BITE (2011). This was followed up by SIREN (2014), a short film focusing on the sexual awakening of a woman in her early twenties. ALICE: A SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNEY (2015) was my first non-fiction film, commissioned by the joint university research project ‘ReelLives’.

PILLOW TALK (2017) is currently playing at festivals and I have recently completed another Film London funded short film BREATHE, which is being submitted to festivals at present.

 
 
 
ABOUT

Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab 2016
Film London ‘London Calling’ 2017
BFI Network X BAFTA Crew 2017
BAFTA Crew 2018

About me

I’m a writer / director making films with complex female characters at the centre of the narrative. My previous short films have screened both at home in the UK and internationally at renowned festivals including LSFF, Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival and InsideOut Toronto.

My background is in producing having completed my masters degree at the Northern Media School, followed by working as a producer on independent short films and promos including the award winning Film London funded short film PHYSICAL EDUCATION (2010). The following year I made my non student directorial debut with the Film London backed coming of age film FIRST BITE (2011). This was followed up by SIREN (2014), a short film focusing on the sexual awakening of a woman in her early twenties. ALICE: A SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNEY (2015) was my first non-fiction film, commissioned by the joint university research project ‘ReelLives’.

PILLOW TALK (2017) is currently playing at festivals and I have recently completed another Film London funded short film BREATHE, which is being submitted to festivals at present.

ABOUT

Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab 2016
Film London ‘London Calling’ 2017
BFI Network X BAFTA Crew 2017
BAFTA Crew 2018

 

Praise for Louise’s films

SIREN

“When watching hundreds of submissions in a year it can be easy to forget but every year there are a few rare gems that stick with you completely. Siren is one of those films. A film that still pops into my head and can take me right back to the way I felt when I first watched it. An incredible achievement and a great film, it holds a permanent place on my list of most treasured shorts that I have had the pleasure of programming.”

Jenna Dufton – Programming Coordinator at InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival

UK Film Review – SIREN

“Right off the bat I noticed how calm and careful Cooke’s approach was. Captured with a soft and steady hand, Siren looks stunning. It’s always a wonderful surprise when a short film has a seemingly high budget, not only lending towards the visuals, but the phenomenal talents involved…”

Read full review here

PILLOW TALK

Circle of Cinema – Pillow Talk @ Underwire Festival Review

“Cooke’s film does an amazing job of showing us the true power of friendship in the face of societal judgement.”

Read full review here