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Tutor profile: Sharon Doyle, Screenwriter/Producer

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Sharon Elizabeth Doyle graduated from Cornell University twice, first with a BA in Theatre and then an MFA in Acting. She wrote for theater first and started writing for PBS, creating documentaries and winning a CINE Golden Eagle for her work. Her first WGA script was for American Playhouse and called NOBODY’S BLUES BUT MINE. Her first series was CAGNEY AND LACEY, closely followed by 21 JUMP STREET. Most recently, she was supervising producer of THE NERO WOLFE MYSTERIES on A&E. In between she wrote many television movies, eight of which were produced, including the Emmy award winning STOLEN BABIES.

Sharon has been teaching at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for 15 years. In 2008, she was invited to be part of the founding faculty of the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan. A project of his Majesty King Abdullah, the students were drawn from all over the Arab world. She went for a semester and stayed four years, and learned far more than she taught. She is currently in London on a Fulbright scholarship, comparing the way the US and the UK develop television series.

Tutor profile: Stéphane Collonge, Production Designer

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Stéphane Collonge is an award winning Production Designer and filmmaker.

Born in Auvergne in the centre of France, Stéphane came to Paris following a familial tradition of artists and architects. He developed his passion for cinema when studying Design at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Appliqués. 

At 21, Stéphane began his career by setting up a production company and actively engaging in the discovery of talent and the varied aspects of filmmaking. These few years inspired a long-lasting passion for Production Design along with the experience of delivering on strict budgets and schedules.

At the age of 26 he moved to the UK where he completed his education at the National Film and Television School under the supervision of renowned Production Designers Peter Murton, Jim Clay, and Ashton Gorton. 

Since graduating in 1998, Stéphane has designed numerous music videos, television programmes, and commercials for clients such as IHT, Nokia, Symbian, Microsoft, Honda, Yell, Haagen Dazs...

In 2002, willing to share his knowledge and passion, and to expand his professional network to France, he co-founded, now the largest online community of French speaking filmmakers with over 52 000 members.

He has also designed many shorts and animations, such as THE SEPARATION which won 15 international awards, as well as some critically acclaimed feature films such as UNRELATED, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize 2007 and the ALFS Award 2009.

A partial list of Stéphane's film credits includes: LISA ET LE PILOTE D'AVION (2007), starring Eric Cantona, Rachida Brakni and Marylou Berry; ARCHIPELAGO (2010), by Joanna Hogg, starring Tom Hiddleston, Lydia Leonard, Kate Fahy, Amy Lloyd; MY BROTHER THE DEVIL (2012), by Sally El Hosaini, an urban story about brotherhood and betrayal, starring James Floyd, Saïd Taghmaoui and Fady Elsayed. BYPASS (2014), the second feature from the critically acclaimed writer/director Duane Hopkins.

Stephane Collonge

Tutor profile: Sue Austen, Producer and LFS 6th term Tutor

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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.

Tutor profile: Tim Fywell, Director

Tim Fywell is one of the most accomplished directors of drama working in UK television today. The range of his work extends from GRANTCHESTER (2014, 2016 & 2017) to HAPPY VALLEY (2014); from MASTERS OF SEX (2013) to DRACULA (2014); from CRACKER (1994, To Be a Somebody, with Robert Carlyle) to MADAME BOVARY (2000, adapted by Heidi Thomas); from Sarah Waters’ AFFINITY (2008, adapted by Andrew Davies) to THE TURN OF THE SCREW (2009, adapted by Sandy Welch); plus SILENT WITNESS, WAKING THE DEAD, THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY, DCI BANKS, LEWIS and WODEHOUSE IN EXILE (TV Movie, 2013). Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad.

Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at:
Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at:
Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at:

Tim’s feature credits include I CAPTURE THE CASTLE (2003) with Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne and Tara Fitzgerald, and THE ICE PRINCESS (2005) with Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack and Kim Cattrall. Tim studied English at Cambridge University and began his professional career directing in fringe theatre before moving on to the West End.

Some of his theatrical credits include: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Playhouse Theatre); SKIRMISHES (Hampstead Theatre); RED SATURDAY (Royal Court); THE MOTHER COUNTRY (Riverside Studios); HITTINGTOWN (Bush Theatre); NO HAND SIGNALS (National Theatre), which he wrote and directed; I MADE IT MA TOP OF THE WORLD which he devised and directed at the Royal Court, and SPRING AWAKENING (Royal Court). 

Tutor profile: Tracey Gardiner, Producer

Tracey Gardiner entered television after a career as a stockbroker in the City, when she joined FulcrumTV. After more than fifteen years at Fulcrum she then set up her own production company, Iridescent Films, which made the three part BBC 2 series PILGRIMAGE with Simon Reeve (a co-production with Lion Television). She is currently the executive producer of a feature length documentary, 100 MEN, funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and MPI Distribution.

Tracey started out making programmes about business and current affairs over twenty years ago but then branched out into science, arts, history and observational documentaries, putting together international co-production deals and private finance to fund projects. Key award winners include: KEYS TO THE CASTLE (BBC) which won A Scottish BAFTA and RTS in 2015; THE WINNER LOSER (BBC), shortlisted at IDFA and winner of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Award in; HOW M&S LOST ITS BILLIONS (C5) Wincott, Best Documentary; SIGHTHILL STORIES (BBC) Scottish BAFTA; SEND ME SOMEWHERE SPECIAL (BBC) Grierson Newcomer Winner.

The Daily Mail said about PILGRIMAGE: “a truly miraculous journey”, TV Times: “a truly engaging first leg...4 stars”, Daily Mail: “The excellent Simon Reeve returns with a three-part series...illuminating, engaging and enjoyable viewing” and the Mail on Sunday said “a life - affirming new series...4 stars”

On BBC1 documentary TOO OLD TO BE A MUM? (2010) The Telegraph said: The film tiptoed through the ethical eggshells with an equanimity that did its makers proud. The bare facts spoke loudly enough...this was a perfect subject for a television documentary, because the pictures made their own argument."

Tutor profile: Udayan Prasad, Director

Udayan Prasad has been directing documentaries, television drama and feature films since graduating from the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. Among his numerous television credits are three single dramas written by Simon Gray for BBC Television - THEY NEVER SLEPT 1989, RUNNING LATE 1992 (Golden Gate Award for Best Television Feature1993), FEMME FATALE 1992.  Two other single dramas, both written by Alan Bennett and also for BBC Television, were - 102 BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN 1991 (Golden Gate Award for Best Television Feature1991, BAFTA Nomination for Best Single Drama 1991), TALKING HEADS 2: PLAYING SANDWICHES 1998 (BAFTA Nomination for Best Single Drama 1998). More recently he directed two episodes of THE TUNNEL 2013 for Sky Atlantic and two episodes, including the finale, of THE MUSKETEERS 2016 for BBC TV.

His first theatrical feature was BROTHERS IN TROUBLE, 1995 (Golden Alexander Award for Best First Feature at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival). This was followed by MY SON THE FANATIC, 1997 (Directors Fortnight Cannes Film Festival, Best Feature at the Potsdam Film Festival), GABRIEL & ME, 2000 (Edinburgh Film Festival) and OPA!, 2005 (Toronto International Film Festival). His latest feature THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF (Sundance Film Festival) was released in the United States in 2010.

When not actively involved in production, he is a frequent visiting lecturer on directing and screenwriting programmes at several film schools including The National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK; The London Film School; The Wajda School in Warsaw and the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź́́, Poland. He is also an advisor and mentor on various international directing and screenwriting workshops.

Tutor profile: Zillah Bowes, Writer, Director

Zillah fell in love with images after living above a darkroom. She studied at the National Film and Television School and worked happily for several years as a cinematographer in fiction and documentaries before starting a career as a writer and director.

Zillah’s feature films include ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and SHE, A CHINESE, which won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival. As a cinematographer, she has worked with acclaimed directors and artists including Xiaolu Guo, Angus Macqueen, Martin Creed and Tacita Dean.

SMALL PROTESTS, Zillah’s debut as a director, screened internationally after premiering at Sheffield Doc/Fest, was nominated for a Grierson Award, and won the Current Short Cuts competition and Best Short Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival. She has also worked as a director on, among others, BBC series DOCTORS ARE HUMAN TOO and Channel 4 series SUPER ME.

Zillah is currently developing several fiction projects as a writer/director and writing her first poetry collection with a bursary from Literature Wales. She teaches at the National Film and Television School, and has taught at several other institutions as well as the LFS.