Amy Gilliam was born and raised in London and studied graphic design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She gained her first movie credit as a costume assistant on Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
Then, Gilliam worked as a camera trainee for several pictures, including working with award-winning director of photography Roger Pratt on Neil Jordan’s The End of the Affair (1999), 102 Dalmatians (2000), Chocolat (2000) and Iris (2001). Gilliam also worked for director Paul McGuigan in the camera department on Gangster No. 1 (2000).
After five years working alongside such cinematographers as Adrian Biddle, Nicola Pecorini and Peter Sova, she joined the AD team on Jan de Bont’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), going on to work in the AD department of a variety of films, including Young Adam (2003), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004).
She joined Terry Gilliam as clapper/loader on the 2000 shoot of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and decided to gain wider experience as the director’s assistant on Brothers Grimm and Tideland, fulfilling a similar role with Katja von Garnier on Blood and Chocolate (2007).
Her first film credit as a producer came with Infinity Features’ 2008 release Push (2009), directed by McGuigan. Amy Gilliam then produced The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009), before working on The Zero Theorem (2013), and the many attempts to shoot The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Amy’s directorial debut was in 2016 for the music video Soy de las 3000, the new single by Spanish artist Diego Amador, shot in Detroit.