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Tutor profile: Josh Appignanesi, Writer, Director

Josh recently co-wrote the upcoming rom-com ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME starring Sarah Jessica Parker with Raoul Bova, Paz Vega and Claudia Cardinale.

Josh previously directed indie comedy feature THE INFIDEL, scripted by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Matt Lucas, Archie Panjabi, Miranda Hart, distributed globally to acclaim and festival awards.

SONG OF SONGS, Josh’s debut feature as writer-director with co-writer Jay Basu, was an austere psychological dissection of religious desire starring Natalie Press. It garnered acclaim including awards at Edinburgh and London and a BIFA nomination.

Josh has also directed talent such as John Malkovich, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Sarah Kestelman and Michelle Dockery, and collaborated with artist Martin Creed among others, working across TV documentary, shorts, and features.

He is currently completing THE CREATIVE LIFE, a feature-length creative documentary about parenthood. He is also developing new features and TV with Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie at Left Bank/Sony, Wall To Wall, Konigsberg Company, and Camille Gatin, with writers including Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Confessions of a Shopaholic) and Naomi Alderman.

He has taught and mentored at the London Film School, Arista, Script Factory, Film London’s Microwave, Guardian Masterclasses, and the Met Film School among others.

Acclaim for THE INFIDEL:
Appignanesi jumps, in one beautifully executed move, to join the front rank of new British directors. His timing is perfect, his feel for the rhythm of moral action is bracing.

Startlingly, for this second project, [Appignanesi] shifts gear for something more confrontational and taboo-busting... a broad comedy that gleefully and repeatedly stamps on the tender toes of liberal correctness.
**** Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

Acclaim for SONG OF SONGS:
"A cinematic milestone… a challenging, unashamedly intellectual rigour to it. Song of Songs confirms [Natalie Press] as a star. In both style and content, the film reveals a distinctive and bold new voice in British cinema."
Jason Solomons, THE OBSERVER

"Terrific performance from Press... something uncomfortably compelling about this tale of murky deviant flipside of religious ecstasy. A daringly original debut."
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

"A powerful and confident work and shows that Appignanesi is seriously committed to cultivating a real cinematic language."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

UK Agent: Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen
US Agent: Abram Nalibotsky at Verve

Tutor profile: Kate Leys, Script Editor

Kate Leys is a feature film script editor who works on projects at all stages of development. She also works directly with filmmakers and a wide range of talent, in all genres, on adaptations as well as original screenplays. She has been head of development at several companies including FilmFour, where she helped commission and develop some of the UK’s most successful feature films, including FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, TRAINSPOTTING and THE FULL MONTY.

Kate speaks regularly at festivals and industry events including the London Film Festival, the UK Screenwriting Festival, The Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI South Bank, Guiding Lights, Skillset and Film London Microwave. She has taught screenwriting at the Northern Film School and at the University of London, script development at the National Film School, and been a visiting lecturer at Universities and film schools all over the UK.

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Tutor profile: Kevin Shaw, Colourist

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Kevin Shaw has been colour grading for over 25 years, and now works all over the world grading feature films, commercials and TV shows. He has been an instructor for over 15 years and is co-founder of the International Colorist Academy. He completed a BA (Hons) degree in Photography Film and Television in 1984, before becoming a fulltime colourist in London, then Italy and Switzerland. In the early 1990s da Vinci began using Kevin as their preferred instructor, and he ran their training program on a freelance basis.

In 1998 the training became a full time task and Kevin joined da Vinci Systems in Florida, fulltime, to open the da Vinci Academy. He ran the da Vinci Academy and contributed to product design until 2004. By 2004 Kevin felt the need to get back in the colorist chair and work with clients again, so he left the company and returned to freelance. He immediately focused on software grading and DI workflows. In 2009, he co-founded the International Colorist Academy. DI Film credits: 180 (2011); MONSTERS (2010); STREETDANCE 3D (2010); TRANSFER (2010); THE WAKE WOOD (2009); HOW TO CHANGE IN 9 WEEKS (2008); ACOLYTES (2007). TV credits: THE OMID DJALILI SHOW; COMING OF AGE; 2 PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS.

Tutor profile: Larry Sider, Film Editor/Sound Designer


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Larry Sider is Director of the School of Sound and from 2002-2006 was Head of Post-Production at the National Film and Television School (UK). He is a film editor and sound designer who has worked in documentary, animation and fiction. Most recently, he was Supervising Sound Editor for the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Dave McKean's Mirrormask. Past projects include Patrick Keiller's London and Robinson in Space, Chris Austin's musical biography of jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, The Brother With Perfect Timing, and Street of Crocodiles and Institute Benjamenta by the Quays. He has taught at numerous schools including the Royal College of Art, International Film School (Köln), European Film College (Ebeltoft), California Institute of the Arts, the Maurits Binger Institute and Bournemouth Media School. He is co-editor of Soundscape: The School of Sound Lectures 1998-2001 and The New Soundtrack Journal.

Tutor profile: Margaret Glover, Writer/Producer/Script Editor

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Margaret Glover graduated from the Yale School of Drama with a Masters of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism. She began her UK career as a script editor, providing content for children’s television. Her credits during that period include adaptating Shakespeare’s MERCHANT OF VENICE and Janni Howker’s THE EGG-MAN for Channel 4 Schools and producing Peter Travis’s first short FAITH based on a Nick Hornby story (London Film Festival and BBC2, 1997) and Olivia Hetreed’s adaptation of E Nesbitt’s THE TREASURE SEEKERS (ITV, Boxing Day 1996).

Margaret’s primetime script editing includes a three-part ITV serial and single drama for international sales from P D James’ A CERTAIN JUSTICE, a UK-US co-production of F Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY and Peter Kosminsky’s drama-doc WALKING ON THE MOON. Margaret was also the development producer for two CITV adaptations of Jacqueline Wilson’s work.

Since leaving UK TV, Margaret has co-written four features based on stories the directors brought to the table, run screenwriting workshops across Europe and the UK and overseen the LFS graduation films programme, from development to delivery, from 2009 to 2013. She is currently in development with two features as producer and several others as dramaturg, including a contemporary London adaptation of OTHELLO, with theatre writer, actor and director, Darren Raymond.

Tutor profile: Martyn Auty, Writer-Producer

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Martyn Auty is a writer-producer who began in the film/TV industry as a script editor in BBC Drama in the 1980s. As an independent producer, he devised and wrote the story for two of his TV movies, A Foreign Field and Soul Survivors and has recently written a screenplay Mr Ping Pong which he is producing in association with Pinewood Pictures in both feature film and miniseries formats. His other producing work includes Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost, PD James Mysteries, Gentlemen’s Relish and two feature films Heidi and Ways to Live Forever.

Tutor profile: Mia Bays, Producer / Distribution Consultant


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MIA BAYS is an Oscar winning twice BAFTA nominated creative producer working across fiction and docs, with a proven track record of launching careers with over 25 years experience in film on over 50 features.

She started her career in independent exhibition, distribution and sales, working on films such as Ang Lee’s THE WEDDING BANQUET and selling films such as Ian McKellen’s RICHARD III.

Mia has produced since 2004 – her first was SIX SHOOTER the Oscar winning film by Martin McDonagh, acclaimed music doc SCOTT WALKER 30 CENTURY MAN featuring David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn by Stephen Kijak, with whom she also completed BACKSTREET BOYS – SHOW EM WHAT YOURE MADE OF which premiered Jan-July 2015 worldwide on over 1500 screens and went to No1 on iTunes in N.America.

From 2007-14 Mia made 8 micro budget features as Creative Producer for the acclaimed Film London BBC Films Microwave scheme, including one of the most acclaimed UK debuts of 2008, SHIFTY by Eran Creevy which won Best Script at Stockholm Film Festival and garnered a BAFTA nomination for Best Debut 2010, and LILTING starring Ben Whishaw which opened Sundance Film Fest 2014 World Dramatic section and sold to over 16 territories inc Scandinavia and North America (Strand) and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Debut 2015.

Mia now runs Birds Eye View Film are a film agency and film agitator marketing films by women to audiences to effect industry change. with a growth plan for 2017-2020 building on their 25k+ reach on social media channels and heavy hitting board and reach in the industry to make it a significant impact on the industry and audience by marketing films by women through training, events and promotions. @birdseyeviewff

Tutor profile: Neil Arksey, Screenwriter and Series Story Producer


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As screenwriter, story editor and consultant, head writer and series producer Neil Arksey has been responsible for over a thousand episodes of serial drama at home and abroad. In the UK, he has worked on shows such as CROSSROADS, FAMILY AFFAIRS, DOCTORS, MILE HIGH, and RIVER CITY. And abroad, amongst other projects, he was head writer on Salatut Elämät, a 5-day-a-week soap in Finland, and series story producer on Jóban Rosszban, a continuing hospital drama set and based in Budapest.

In addition to working as a writer and producer, Neil has taught writing at several universities, colleges and film schools. He is the author of a number of popular books for children, teenagers and young adults, published by Penguin and Random House, including Playing on the Edge, Brooksie and Flint.

Tutor profile: Nigel Stafford-Clark, Producer

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Nigel Stafford-Clark began in the advertising industry, as a commercials producer at the Moving Picture Company. In the early days of Channel 4, he produced one of its earliest hits TOM KEATING ON PAINTERS, and several television films for the Film on Four strand, including LAST DAY OF SUMMER, written by Ian McEwan from his own short story, and THE HOUSE, the debut drama from writer-director and THE PEOPLE SHOW alumnus Mike Figgis. He moved on to feature films in the mid-80’s, including THE ASSAM GARDEN, in which Deborah Kerr gave a highly-acclaimed performance in what would be her last feature, and STORMY MONDAY, in which Mike Figgis made an immediate impact as writer and director of his first.

At Zenith Productions he produced the highly controversial, award-winning SHOOT TO KILL (1990), the story of the Stalker Inquiry in Northern Ireland and the drama debut of documentary film-maker Peter Kosminsky. Since 1998 at his own company Deep Indigo he has produced a number of high-end dramas for the BBC. He won his first BAFTA with WARRIORS (1999), written by Leigh Jackson, which reunited him with director Peter Kosminsky and dealt with the brutal realities facing young British soldiers on peacekeeping duties in Bosnia. He won a second BAFTA for THE WAY WE LIVE NOW (2001), the first of three projects with writer Andrew Davies, which was directed by David Yates and starred David Suchet as Anthony Trollope’s unforgettable rogue Augustus Melmotte. This was followed by a second Trollope adaptation HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT (2003) directed by Tom Vaughan, and then by BLEAK HOUSE (2005). This eight hour adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens, for which Stafford-Clark won a third BAFTA, was shown in the UK twice weekly in half-hour episodes. Both its style and its format broke new ground in the period drama genre. It was directed by Justin Chadwick and Susanna White, with Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance leading a cast of over 65.

In March 2008 Stafford-Clark’s production of THE PASSION, a co-production between the BBC and HBO, was stripped across Holy Week in four peak-time episodes on BBC One. Most recently Stafford-Clark produced TITANIC, a four-hour serial for ITV in the UK written by Julian Fellowes that took a fresh look at the sinking of the Titanic for the one hundredth anniversary in April 2012. The UK/Hungary/Canada co-production was sold to 160 countries, including the ABC Network in the USA, TF1 in France and ZDF in Germany, and won the 2013 BAFTA for Best Visual Effects. He is currently developing an original conspiracy thriller written by BAFTA winner Neil McKay. His productions have won multiple awards from the Royal Television Society and the Broadcasting Press Guild, as well as the Golden Nymph at Monte Carlo, the Prix Italia, several Primetime Emmys and the Peabody Award in the USA. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Tutor profile: Sean McCann, Actor

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Sean McCann teaches improvisation at The Oxford School of Drama, East 15, The Actors' Centre and The London Film School.

In addition Sean performs widely both in the UK and abroad, at venues including Shakespeare's Globe, The Royal Court, The National Theatre, and the Latitude Festival, as well as numerous appearances on BBC Radio, in particular Radio 3s ‘The Verb’. He is a member of The Sticking Place, under whose auspices he trained and performed with the late Ken Campbell, and is a founder member of The School Of Night, an advanced improvisation company specialising in literary forms. Sean is currently editing Ken’s improvisation research notebooks from 2000-2008.

Sean is currently appearing in 'Showstopper – The Improvised Musical' at The Drill Hall in London. The show received rave reviews during its five star sell-out runs in 2008 and 2009, and has played at various venues in London and on tour in the UK. The show has also played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where guests have included Mike McShane, Matt Lucas and Dean Haglund.

In particular Sean works with Canada's award-winning Die-Nasty company, with whom he takes part in their annual 53 hour continuous improvised show - the longest of its kind in the world. He recently completed his fourth improv marathon at their base in Edmonton, Alberta. In January 2010 he also completed London’s third 50-hour show. Sean’s future plans include visits to Hong Kong and The Cork Festival in Ireland.