Mike Leigh to retire as chair of London Film School


Mike Leigh retires as Chair of London Film School after 16 years

Mike Leigh, the multiple academy-award nominated filmmaker, is to step down as Chair of London Film School after 16 years of service. The School marked this year its 60th anniversary. 

Leigh will remain in place until March 2018, with Vice Chair Professor Diana Green overseeing the transition. Professor Green, who was previously Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, will lead the search for a new Chair. Leigh is currently in production on a film about the Peterloo massacre.

The current management of the school, including the Acting Director Gisli Snaer, will continue to provide leadership until the new Chair has taken the post. 

Vice Chair Professor Diana Green said: “Mike is a giant of British film. The energy, excitement and passion he has brought to London Film School during his long tenure are immeasurable. There was never going to be a good time for Mike to pass on the baton but he leaves us at a moment of great strength. After 60 years of innovation and cutting-edge filmmaking, we are moving into a new phase."

Professor Green added: “In its 60th year London Film School has continued to see its students and alumni perform well on the festival and awards circuit, from Berlin to Venice, BFI London to the Academy Award longlist. We are confident that the changes we will be putting in place will secure its position as one of the leading international film schools.”

About London Film School

Founded in 1956, the School is one of the world's longest established graduate filmmaking schools and produces over 180 films a year via its Master's programmes. The LFS alumni are established in film and television production in more than eighty countries, ranging from world-renowned filmmakers such as Michael Mann, Ann Hui and Duncan Jones to writers David Thomson and Iain Sinclair as well as emerging talents like Gonzalo Maza who won the prestigious Silver Bear, and Rafael Kapelinski, who took a Crystal Bear for Best Film at the 67th Berlinale.

Photo Source: Portrait of Mike Leigh by Stuart Crawford, Wikimedia Commons