Senior Lecturer - Production Design
After graduating in Fine Art Carmel worked as a Theatre Designer in UK, Ireland and Berlin before training in Production Design at the National Film and Television School.
She has extensive experience as Production Designer working internationally on feature films shot in the UK and in Southern Africa, and a wide portfolio of productions including RTS award-winning shorts (‘Decisions’ for Ch 4), TV drama, drama documentaries, commercials and BAFTA award-winning Arts films (Sir Simon Rattle’s ‘Leaving Home’ for Ch 4). Feature films ‘Friends’ directed by Elaine Proctor and ‘Hijack Stories’ directed by Oliver Schmitz gained recognition in Cannes - Special Mention Palme D’Or and Un Certain Regard respectively, both securing international releases.
Carmel has combined teaching with professional practice throughout her career, devising the MA Production Design course at Northern School of Film and Television and teaching at many institutions as a visiting tutor in between film projects, including at University of Westminster, University of the Arts London, University of the Creative Arts Farnham, Royal Holloway University and as a Professional Mentor to Film Glasgow’s JumpCut Summer Production Company.
LFS OPEN Coordinator
Before joining London Film School, Catherine graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Film & Literature from the University of Warwick. Since university she has worked as a freelance film and television journalist, writing reviews and features for Den of Geek, Digital Spy, Little White Lies, Picturehouse Cinemas and QX Magazine. She also wrote for The Times during a 6 week internship, writing film reviews and TV previews for the Arts desk. A guest film critic on London Live’s ‘London Film Club’, Catherine has interviewed renowned film critic Mark Kermode and had her work promoted by BBC Radio 5 Live’s flagship film review show ‘Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review’.
Film Archive Manager
Ater Art college and a spell in the Theatre, Ginny began her film library career at an eclectic Soviet film archive in Highbury Corner. She has experience of many varied film archive collections and libraries, working with legacy formats, discovering, preserving and accessioning many fascinating archive films along the way. After a major project cataloguing the Central Office of Information Footage File Collection, she has worked on the WellcomeFilm digitisation project, at various commercial boutique libraries and also in a freelance capacity as Film Archivist at the Wellcome Trust.
Prior to joining LFS, Greg graduated from the University of Westminster with a Bachelors of Music.
He then moved into timetabling and scheduling at the University of Middlesex, where he spent 4 years maintaining schedules for the School of Business as well as the Departments of Art and Design, Law and Science and Technology.
Admin Support Officer
Head of Screenwriting
Jonathan Hourigan is a graduate of Oxford University and the National Film and Television School. He was assistant to Robert Bresson on L'Argent and is a writer, director, script consultant and teacher.
Film Festivals Coordinator
Julia Brow has recently joined the team as our new Film Festivals Coordinator. She has worked in guest services and programming at festivals such as BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare, London Short Film Festival and Open City Docs, among others. When she isn’t working at LFS, Julia curates the film programme at grassroots arts festival Brainchild. She is Canadian-American, grew up in London and loves to travel on a shoestring. While at UCL, she spent more time running events for the Film Society than studying; now, as then, Julia is equally happy watching films in a darkened room or chatting with filmmakers about their work. She will be working Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be found in the Library with Ginette. Contact her on: email@example.com
Before joining the London Film School Karen was a freelance Sound Editor working on feature films, TV dramas and documentaries in South Africa and the UK. Member of the Association of Motion Picture Sound AMPS.
Term Three and Five Course Tutor
After a degree in Economics and a spell as an advertising copywriter Les Blair enrolled as a student at the London Film School. In 1969 he spent six months in Prague as an exchange student at FAMU where he made a short documentary about life under the Soviet bloc invasion which was shown by the BBC before being snatched back by the Czech authorities. On returning to London he produced and edited Mike Leigh’s first film Bleak Moments before launching his own career as a director with a string of films made for television which he wrote and directed after extended improvised rehearsal with the actors. He also directed the work of other writers, most notoriously G.F.Newman’s Law and Order which secured a place in television history with its portrayal of endemic corruption in the police and judicial system. His TV films News Hounds and The Accountant both won BAFTA’s for Best Single Drama. He has written and directed feature films for the Cinema including Bad Behaviour which won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers award for comedy. His work for the theatre includes Becket’s Waiting for Godot and two plays of his own.
Editing Instructor - Technician
Head of Production Design
Matthew Button designed his first feature in 2004, and has been consistently in demand ever since, for feature films and TV. In 2014 he was nominated for the Royal Television Society ‘Best Production Design’ award and in 2015 he was nominated for a BAFTA, as a member of the production team on BBC’s ‘Our World War’.
Camera Equipment Manager
Prior to joining The London Film School, Michael began his career in the industry working within a kit room for several years. He has also been a camera assistant for several BBC 3 shows, a creative executive for Sky and a production assistant on Bollywood feature films. He studied Filmmaking at the Metropolitan Film school and also has a degree in Economics.
Senior Editing Lecturer
Peter Hollywood is an award-winning editor, who has been editing for over twenty years. As well as collaborating with well-known directors, such as Ridley Scott, Mike Newell and Terry Gilliam, he has been contributing to almost every genre imaginable, ranging from no-budget shorts and independent documentaries to network television and multi-million dollar features.