A CHESTER couple are extremely proud of their daughter who was co-producer of last year’s critically acclaimed documentary movie The Imposter.
Neil and Flossy Dixon, of Albion Place, Chester, were delighted to see The Imposter pick up a Bafta in London earlier this year where Poppy was praised by director Bart Layton and producer Dimitri Doganis.
As a youngster, Poppy got her grounding in the arts as a member of the Gateway Youth Theatre when she lived with her family in Great Barrow and attended The Grange School in Northwich.
Her big break came when she co-produced The Imposter which examines the case of 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay who disappeared on his way home from basketball practice in Texas in 1994.
Several years later, he apparently turned up in Spain and was reunited with his family.
However, it was not Nicholas at all. In fact, he was conman Frédéric Bourdin, and the story of his deception is told in the movie.
The film includes interviews with Bourdin and members of Barclay’s family, as well as archive TV news footage and reenacted dramatic sequences.
Poppy, 31, who today lives in New York, researched FBI files and interviewed the Barclay family who were apparently duped by Bourdin. In May, director Bart Layton and producer Dimitri Doganis picked up a 2013 Bafta for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.
Bart described Poppy as ‘a young, incredibly intelligent, industrious young, kind of British rose’. Dimitri said Poppy is ‘one of those people who is just both incredibly dogged and journalistically rigorous’ and ‘absolutely charming and absolutely sincere’.
Poppy’s dad Neil said: “We’re very proud of our three children but overwhelmed by the accolades Poppy has received.”