Who We Are
Freyja Films was formed by writer/director Louise Marie Cooke. Formally known as Dead Flower Productions from 2011-2015, the company is dedicated to telling female character driven stories through the medium of film.
Louise is a writer and director making films with complex female characters at the centre of the narrative. Her 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.
Louise studied at the Northern Media School, and began working as a producer on independent short films and promos including the award winning Film London short Physical Education (2010). The following year she moved into directing, making her non student debut with the Film London backed coming of age film First Bite (2011) which so far has over 1.4 millions plays on YouTube. This was followed up with Siren (2014), a 23 minute short which focuses on the sexual awakening of Elizabeth. In 2015 Louise made her first non-fiction film with Alice: A Social Media Journey. Pillow Talk, a coming of age, coming out short film set in the early 90’s completed its festival run and was released online as Hiive’s (now ScreenSkills) Short of the Month in September 2018.
Louise’s short film Breathe (2018) was funded by Film London as part of the London Calling 2017 slate and is currently screening at festivals. Her latest short film Confessional is in post-production, the script was written by Miranda Horn.
Freyja was the Norse goddess of love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold and death.
Editor – Neil Fergusson
Neil’s credits include films which have screened at numerous international festivals and factual television programming. In the last two years, he has worked in the world of 3D, delving into the past with Brian May’s Brief History of 3Dand soaring high with the prime time SKY series Britain & Ireland from the Sky.
Recently he finished editing Kulajo: My Heart Is Darkened; a feature documentary made with Emmy award winning filmmaker Gwynne Roberts. Set in Iraq, it is an emotional journey, detailing the human tragedy of the 1988 Anfal.
Composer – Victoria Wijaratne
Victoria is an award winning composer for Film & TV, having vast experience in all areas of music spanning almost ten years. Her credits include the British thriller ‘The Liability’ (2012) (dir. Craig Viveiros) starring Tim Roth and Jack O’Connell, as well as recently the TV documentary ‘Hong Kong Roof Top Rebels’ for Al Jazeera Media Network.
She was also invited to Berlinale Talents (as part of Berlinale International Film Festival) as a 2015 sound studio participant. Pillow Talk will be her 5th film working as composer with director Louise Marie Cooke which began with Victoria winning the ‘Best Composer’ award for First Bite at Underwire Festival 2011.