Course Tutors

Mark Solomon

Editor / Screenwriter

Mark Solomon is a leading editor of animated feature films. Recent projects include Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE, and THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX for Gary Ross. Other credits include CHICKEN RUN, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture, and SHREK, winner of the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. As a screenwriter, Mark has written several feature film projects in development. He also wrote a chapter for the book 'Transitions: Voices on the Craft of Digital Editing' committing to print for the first time, the unique challenges of editing animated feature films. An enthusiastic educator, Mark has lectured and taught workshops at film schools throughout the UK and in the USA. He lives in north London, with his wife and daughter.

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Roger Hyams

Writer

Roger is on his third career. Having worked as an actor for twelve years with some of the UK's most prestigious theatre companies (including the RSC and The Traverse), he moved into television drama development at the BBC. There he worked with Tessa Ross (now Head of Film Four) developing series, serials and features such as Patrick Keiller's ROBINSON IN SPACE and the Amber Collective's THE SCAR.

He left the BBC to become Head of Drama Development at TalkBack Productions, and then made the shift to writing his own work. He is currently working on a feature screenplay and a novel. He has written the original book and lyrics for a musical, CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, which will open at the Riverside Studios in July 2013. He is about to complete the follow-up to his short film SUNDAY. SUNDAY, featuring a voice-over by Bill Nighy, was screened for an extended run at the Renoir Cinema in London, and was selected for the 2010 London Short Film Festival. In 2012 he was script editor for KELLY + VICTOR.

Roger continues to work as a freelance script consultant and is a visiting tutor on the London Film School's MA Screenwriting and MA Filmmaking programmes.

Shiona Llewellyn

Career Development Specialist

Shiona Llewellyn is a highly-regarded independent career development consultant, with many years experience of working effectively with individuals across the TV and film industries.Her approach is to ‘help people to help themselves’ to achieve their potential within a highly competitive international marketplace. Uniquely, she has an understanding of both the creative and the business aspects of production, and has considerable insight into how decisions which affect careers, are made.

After an academic training in psychology, Shiona had a successful management career in television and weekly magazine publishing before deciding to specialise in career development. Her clients include major broadcasters, independent production companies, universities, and individuals....and the LFS, where she also contributes to the MA Screenwriting course.She has recently been commissioned by Directors UK to design and deliver a workshop programme for women drama directors.

Shiona researched and wrote all the early careers information on behalf of Skillset, and authored both editions of their career handbook for TV, Radio, Film, Video and Interactive Media, which gave her unrivalled access to cross-industry experts.

Brian Dunnigan

LFS Head of Screenwriting

Brian has an MA in Sociology from Edinburgh University and is a graduate of the National Film and Television School. He is a published author and critic who has written songs, documentaries, plays and scripts for radio, television and cinema. He is an award-winning short filmmaker and director with special screenings of his work at the Cinematheque (Paris) and the National Film Theatre (London). His commissioned feature writing includes screenplays for Working Title, BBC Films and Scottish Screen. Formerly Head of Screenwriting at the Northern Film School he organizes workshops on an international basis most recently in Norway, Ghana, Cuba and the Scenario! screenwriting event with the Institute Francais in London. He is currently External Examiner for the MA Screenwriting at the Screen Academy in Scotland then LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore. He is also the Course Leader of the MA Screenwriting at the London Film School

Richard Kwietniowski

Writer-Director and LFS 6th Term Tutor

Writer-director, born in London to Anglo-Polish parents. After studying literature then film at University of Kent at Canterbury, became Visiting Research Scholar in Film at University of California at Berkeley before returning to the UK to work in the independent film sector and higher education. Short films including Alfalfa and Flames of Passion were distributed internationally. Work as a director for British TV received Royal Television Society and D&AD (Gold and Best of Year) awards and a Prix Italia nomination. Feature-films Love and Death on Long Island (John Hurt and Jason Priestley), and Owning Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Minnie Driver) both made Best of Year critics’ lists. Awards include prizes from Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle, US National Board of Review, and BAFTA. He teaches directing, screenwriting and acting-to-camera at a range of institutions in the UK and beyond, and has contributed to many European initiatives in feature film development. His LFS directing workshop for film students and actors has just celebrated its 200th edition. His name is easier to pronounce than it looks: Kfee-etnee- ov-skee.

Sue Austen

Producer and LFS 6th term Tutor

Sue has worked in independent film and television production since 1982.  Her career began at the now legendary Goldcrest Films, where she worked for four years on programmes produced for the new Channel 4. After Goldcrest’s collapse Sue spent a short time as a freelance script editor, before joining Granada Films as Head of Development.  Whilst there she worked on a number of feature films including David Hare’s STRAPLESS and Aisling Walsh’s first feature, JOYRIDERS.  Sue left Granada to co-produce the medical thriller, PAPER MASK, co-funded by Film 4 and British Screen, released in over 70 territories and selected as the closing film in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. 

Sue then spent 5 years working at the European Script Fund, part of the MEDIA (Creative Europe) organisation and returned to production in 1997 with her first television film, VICIOUS CIRCLE, developed and produced for BBC Films and Irish Screen. This was followed by the BAFTA nominated comedy drama DONOVAN QUICK starring Colin Firth. Over the next twelve years she produced more than 50 hours of primetime television drama for BBC1, BBC2 and ITV and received a second BAFTA nomination.

She continues to develop new productions as well as tutoring and lecturing part time at the London Film School, Goldsmiths University, Serial Eyes and Regents University.

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Mike Leigh

Writer/Director

Writer-director Mike Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School, of which he is now the Chairman.

His first feature film was Bleak Moments (1971); this was followed by the full-length television films, Hard Labour (1973), Nuts in May (1975), The Kiss of Death (1976), Who's Who (1978), Grown-Ups (1980), Home Sweet Home (1982), Meantime (1983), and Four Days In July (1984).

Other feature films are High Hopes (1988), Life Is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993)), Secrets and Lies (1996), Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All Or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Another Year (2010) and Mr. Turner (2014).

He has written and directed over twenty stage plays. These include Babies Grow Old (1974), Abigail's Party (1977), Ecstasy (1979), Goose-Pimples (1981), Smelling A Rat (1988), Greek Tragedy (1989), It's A Great Big Shame! (1993), Two Thousand Years (2005) and Grief (2011).

Photographer Eamonn McCabe.

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