Course Tutors

Olivia Hetreed

Screenwriter

After a successful career as a film editor of documentaries, TV drama and film, Olivia Hetreed moved to the other end of the production line. She wrote a series of highly acclaimed family films for ITV including The Treasure Seekers and The Canterville Ghost.  

The hit film Girl with a Pearl Earring, adapted from Tracy Chevalier’s best-selling novel and starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, was nominated for and won multiple awards worldwide. Non-film work includes The Canterbury Tales: The Man of Law’s Tale for the BBC and Zero for Radio Four. She wrote Series One of The Roman Mysteries, a landmark TV series for CBBC. Olivia is currently working on a feature adaptation of Wuthering Heights for Ecosse Films and a major drama series for ITV, among other projects.  

Olivia is an experienced mentor to developing screenwriters and works with students at the London Film School, Royal Holloway College, University of Westminster and others, as well as giving master-classes and many panel appearances. As Chair of the Film Committee at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain she tries to represent the best interest of screenwriters and raise their profile inside and outside the industry. She is also on the Board of the Screenwriters’ Festival.

Rob Kraitt

Agent

Agent at Casarotto Ramsay Associates Limited in London, Rob Kraitt has wide ranging experience representing writing and directing talent; and selling books for film & television adaptation. He is also on the board of the Film Agency for Wales.

Rob started his career as a script editor and consultant for many top film production companies in the UK including Working Title, Focus, Pathé Productions, Miramax and Ruby Films as well as the European Media Development Agency. Prior to joining Casarotto in February 2011, he was Head of Media and Associate Director of A P Watt Literary Film & Television Agency.

Jon Gilbert

Screenwriter/Director

Jon is a writer, director and script developer with nearly twenty years’ experience working in the UK film and TV industry. Starting off as a runner on long-running TV series HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU?, he subsequently trained as a script editor on the prestigious North By Northwest script-editing scheme before becoming a freelance script consultant for companies including Universal Pictures, the Film Council, and the Script Factory. He is also a writer and director, having directed several short films including the award-winning TOSHI (2009) and written the feature adaptation of David Grossman's children's novel THE ZIGZAG KID starring Isabella Rossellini, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.

As well as teaching at the LFS, Jon has taught classes at various other institutions including City University, the London Film Academy and Industrial Scripts. He is represented in the UK by Independent Talent and by Elevate Entertainment, and the Gersh Agency in the US.

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 300th 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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