grew up in Arnold, a small suburb of Nottingham, England. Her family came from a long line of butchers, but unfortunately Alison showed little talent in this area. Instead, she spent many hours in her bedroom writing stories and poetry and making puppets.
Her interest in drawing and storytelling continued, but at the end of her schooling she was told by a career advisor that she was far too shy to consider a career in the Arts. Too late to reconsider a career in butchery and with no other calling she defied the advisor and took a Foundation course at Mansfield Art College followed by a Degree in Graphic Design at Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry . It was during this degree course that she realised how little she was interested in graphic arts and instead, found an interest in animation and film making.
Her early attempts at animation peaked her interest in film directing and so she applied to Britain 's National Film and Television School where she studied live action film making. It was there that she met her partner, David Fine. He is not shy in the least, so together they make one normal person. Both Alison and David's interest in animation remained, despite their working in live action. David introduced Alison to the animated short films of The National Film Board of Canada and, having never been inspired by traditional cartoon animation, she found this a revelation. At the end of the four year course she embarked on her short animated film Second Class Mail. This film won numerous awards including an Oscar nomination and led to pursuing a career in animation with David.
After film school they moved to Canada where they worked at The National Film Board. There they made George and Rosemary (1987), a short animated film about elderly romance. This film received an Oscar nomination , a Canadian Academy Award , first prize at The Zagreb Animation Festival , as well as a number of other awards.
In and Out (1989), a wry film about life beyond the womb, won awards at The Berlin Film Festival, Athens , and a Canadian Academy Award nomination.
Other work includes a segment for the short erotic film Pink Komkommer, the script for the humorously macabre NFB short animation, Deadly Deposits and various commercial work including the award winning Smarties Policeman ad and the current national UK campaign for the Inland Revenue featuring a tax inspector voiced by Sir Alec Guiness.
SIMON STIMPLE in development (2007)
RICKY SPROCKET in production (2006)
Peppa Pig (2004) TV Series (writer)
Bob and Margaret (1998) TV Series (creator) (writer)
Deadly Deposits (1993)
Bob's Birthday (1993)
Pink Komkommer (1991) (animator)
In and Out (1989)
People and Science: A Test of Time (1987)
George and Rosemary (1987)
Second Class Mail (1985)