My Story

Brought up between the English countryside and the American midwest, both cultures have shaped who I am and the work I make. I am drawn to people and scenarios that reveal the complexity of what it means to be human, not leaving out the mistakes and missteps, but embracing them. I believe in honest storytelling (fiction and non-fiction) and the capacity it has to connect us all.

I started my career as a photographer, working with editorials such as The Telegraph Magazine, The Guardian Magazine, Art Review, British Vogue, Dazed and Confused, and AnOther Magazine with the honour of photographing luminaries including John Hurt, William Eggleston, Carla Bruni, Terry Gilliam, John Waters, Alexa Chung and Carrie Mulligan, amongst others. I parlayed my ideas into commercials and short films and started working for international brands, musicians, and fashion designers such as Nike, Benetton, The NFL, Chloé, Bottega Veneta, Ray-Ban, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and The Morgans Hotel Group. I work regularly for The New York Times T magazine, most recently with an online documentary series, What Made Me, revealing the starting points and inspiration of creative individuals. With a passion for finding platforms encouraging men and women to talk about difficult subjects, I collaborated with Getty Images and RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network) to create PSAs for their survivor series.


My work has been selected for and included in ASVOFF, written about in The Times UK, Filmmaker Magazine, The New York Times, and screened at the Directors Guild of America as part of the New Directors series. My short doc, Rockaway Needs Us (co-directed by Alex Braverman), made after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, received high acclaim, being included on media by CNN, Huffington Post, Creative Time Reports, The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, and Salon.

I’m currently working on two documentaries: Destiny on the Main Stage following four women in the strip club industry in America’s Bible Belt and The Real Him (working title) about the creation of a legend and deciphering the reality of 1960s London. For more information visit the WithHartFilms.

I am often found driving around quiet spots, along little-travelled roads, searching for stories and people.

Poppy is represented by Partizan Films worldwide.

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