Course Tutors

Alexandra Stone


Alexandra Stone heads CMP Film Ltd, where she is developing a slate of director-driven feature films. Upcoming projects include: Peter Capaldi’s Born to Be King starring Ewan McGregor and Kate Hudson; Lone Scherfig’s, Music & Silence adapted from Rose Tremain’s Whitbread winning book; The Beginning of Spring with director Peter Strickland starring Ralph Fiennes; Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things with Alejandro Chomski to direct and Alicia Vikander, Rupert Friend and Willem Dafoe to star; Hello Darkness by Sundance winners Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland and An Ocean Apart with Academy Award nominated director Lucy Walker to direct.  

Alexandra Stone was previously head of development at Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company in London and Los Angeles. She oversaw a large slate of projects with filmmakers including: Bernardo Bertolucci, Terry Gilliam, Wim Wenders, Johnny Depp, Phillip Noyce, Richard Linklater, Noah Baumbach and David Cronenberg. Prior to that she began her career in Hollywood on the Warner Bros. lot at Paula Weinstein’s Spring Creek Productions working on films with directors such as Peter Weir, Lasse Hallstrom and Steve Kloves.   Stone’s producing credits include David Mackenzie’s Young Adam (2003) starring Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Best New British Feature at the Edinburgh Festival: Menhaj Huda’s Kidulthood (2006) which won the Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards; Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation (2006) which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and Gerald McMorrow’s Franklyn (2008), starring Eva Green and Sam Riley which premiered at the London Film Festival.

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Amanda Schiff


Amanda has been a film executive and independent producer, joint-Head of Producing at the National Film and Television School, visiting lecturer at the RCA Film School, University of Westminster and London South Bank University. She was Artistic Director of PAL Screenwriters’ Labs, one of the founders and directors of Dartington Screenwriters’ Studio, and has been an advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain Lottery Film Fund. She was a workshop board advisor on several Equinoxe screenwriting programmes in Bordeaux. Amanda has been a course leader on D&AD Workout Screenwriting and Storytelling for Film workshops since the beginning of the programme over ten years ago. She has been teaching screenwriting part-time at the London Film School on the MA Screenwriting and Filmmaking courses since 2005.

Amanda has worked at Columbia Pictures, was a consultant to the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Head of the National Film Development Fund and Head of Film Development at Goldcrest Productions. She set up Astoria Productions in partnership with Barbara Broccoli, where they produced Emmy-nominated ‘Crime of The Century’ for HBO. She has developed feature film projects through her own production companies Alchemy Productions and Doppelganger Films. Amanda has co-written screenplays, and is currently working on a novel and and cross-media projects. She has had solo exhibitions of her multi-media artwork, including afour month installation at the Grant Museum of Zoology in London. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Gub Neal


Gub is an award-winning producer, formerly a Head of Drama at Channel 4 and also a Controller of Drama at Granada where he co-created Cracker and won an Emmy for Prime Suspect. Highlights at Channel 4 included Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rockstar, Queer As Folk, and the prestigious millennium show Longitude. Prior to co-founding Artists Studio in 2009, he set-up and ran Box TV where his productions included; Trust, Gunpowder Treason and Plot, No Direction Home, The Last Enemy, Wind in the Willows (both BBC/WGBH) and the Prix Italia winning Sunday. He finished Combat Hospital for Global TV in Canada and ABC in the US, which he worked on as both executive producer and writer in 2011 and has just produced The Fall by Allan Cubitt with Gillian Anderson for transmission on BBC 2 later this spring.

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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 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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