Tutors and Advisors
Louisa Dent joined Artificial Eye as Managing Director in 2008. The company has been renamed Curzon Film World to encompass distribution, financing and production with 3 distinct labels; Curzon Films, Artificial Eye and Chelsea Films releasing approximately 20 films a year (past releases include Fish Tank, The Class, The White Ribbon, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Amour).
Prior to joining Artificial Eye, Louisa worked for many years in International Sales for UGC in France before returning to the UK and setting up a UK distribution arm for them in 2001.
David Garrett is the CEO of Mister Smith Entertainment, a company that he founded with Constantin Film in May, 2012. Mister Smith Entertainment handles high quality mainstream features films, and filmmaker driven movies for the global market. They launched in Cannes with two major upcoming productions: Cassandra Clare’s #1 best-selling book series adaptation THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the first film in the highly anticipated action fantasy franchise; and the compelling true story 3,096 DAYS based on the autobiography of Natascha Kampusch, held captive for 8 years and whose escape made headlines around the world, both from Constantin.
Previously, David was President of Summit International and co-founder of Summit Entertainment. During his tenure as President, International, David Garrett served as international supervisor on Summit-produced, co-produced and acquired titles such as THE TWILIGHT SAGA franchise, RED, SOURCE CODE, KNOWING, the Palme d’Or winner TREE OF LIFE, AMERICAN PIE, MEMENTO, MR. & MRS. SMITH, the Cannes official selection BABEL, as well Brit productions including LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and Mike Leigh's HAPPY-GO-LUCKY.
Born and educated in England where he graduated in Philosophy and Modern Languages (Spanish) from Magdalen College, Oxford, Garrett began his career in the industry in 1981 by producing and marketing documentary films. He was a pioneer in the early days of UK cable and satellite TV development and launched several channels, finally serving as Head of Acquisitions for the The Movie Channel on BSB, prior to setting up the London offices of The Summit Group in 1991.
Keith Northrop is a lawyer who has specialised in film and television production and financing since the early 1990s. He is a consultant with the City firm Goodman Derrick LLP where he heads their Film Group and where his clients include producers, financiers, distributors and directors. Keith has also acted as executive producer on a number of films including David Keating’s The Last of the High Kings and Dave Stewart’s Honest.
He is a director of PKS Productions Limited alongside Peter Urie and Steve Winetroube (former CEO and CFO of Metrodome respectively). Recently established, PKS is in the process of producing films with assured investment and distribution from Metrodome.
Keith has considerable teaching experience, having been a Senior Lecturer on the Bar Vocational Course, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Pepperdine University in California. At the latter, he designed and delivered courses in European Law and in International Entertainment and Copyright Law. He also delivered a number of tutorials on last year’s LFS Fast Forward Programme for film producers.
Peter Watson is CEO of Recorded Picture Company. Joining RPC in the early 1990s, Watson began a long and fruitful partnership with legendary producer Jeremy Thomas. Setting out to build a vertically integrated production and distribution business, Watson co-founded the respected sales agency HanWay Films in 1999, and remains its deputy chairman. Continuing RPC’s legacy as a director-led production company, he has focused the sales and distribution business to achieve its standing in the market as a home for quality cinema.
Watson has executive produced more than a dozen films include Takeshi Kitano’s Brother, Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation, and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method.
Up-coming RPC releases include Academy-nominated (best foreign picture) Kontiki, Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive and outrageous Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law.
Watson served as a Governor of the British Film Institute from 2004-2011.
Terry Ilott is the principal of Bridge Media, former editor of Screen International, Screen Finance and Variety, ex-CEO of Hammer Films, ex-director of the Film Business Academy and co-author of My Indecision is Final.
Stephen Woolley produced, over a thirty year period of filmmaking, Oscar-winning The Crying Game and the box-office hit Interview With A Vampire with Neil Jordan, amongst fifteen other movies, including the upcoming Byzantium. With producing partner Elizabeth Karlsen he most recently made Great Expectations and Made in Dagenham. He also directed Stoned (2006).
Hilary Davis is Co-Managing Director of Bankside Films, an international sales, production and financing company founded in January 2007.
A modern languages graduate fluent in French and Italian, Hilary started her career at Warner Bros and subsequently worked at HandMade Films, Alibi Communications plc and Beyond Films prior to setting up Bankside Films.
MAIFB Course Leader
Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist who has managed, taught, mentored and lectured across the world. His work includes MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow, and MA-level Course Directing at London Film School/Exeter University. He was appointed in 2016 to the Beijing Film Academy as a Visiting Professor, and holds an Associate Professorship at Exeter University in Film and Creative Industries, where he holds a Silver Award for outstanding teaching.
Finney has returned to Executive Producing with his next film, the $10m A PATRIOT (Tim Robbins, Helen Hunt), a sci-fi thriller to be shot early 2019. He is attached to Christopher Hampton’s HEART OF THE SOLDIER; and Gabriel Reid’s DIVISION and a range of projects in development. Finney was the manager of Europe’s only Production Finance Market over the past decade, hosted by Film London annually. The market has supported independent financing of more than 100 films over since 2007. His work has recently included acting as a government expert witness in two high profile cases, including the Ingenious Media £1bn tax tribunal.
Finney’s business planning and modelling have contributed to raising more than $150m for independent projects since 1995. He was appointed joint Managing Director of Renaissance Films, a UK-based development, production, finance and sales company in July 1999. During six years of business, Finney Executive Produced and sold a range of films, working with filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam, Daniel Craig, Neil LaBute, Marleen Gorris, Roger Michell, Glen Close, and Rose Troche, alongside leading US studios including Sony, Miramax, Warner Bros and Paramount.
Finney’s fourth and most recent book is: The International Film Business – A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood (Routledge) was published in May 2010. A second edition has been published in 2015, and has been released in China and Japan. His 1996 publication The State of European Cinema has been re-printed by Bloomsbury in 2016. He has worked on a number of screenplays as co-writer, including The Geisha Girl (with Berlin Silver Bear winner Soren Kragh Jacobsen).
Finney has delivered master classes and lectures at Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals, Judge/Cambridge, Cass/City, Grenoble, London University, the Sorbonne, Paris, Beijing Film Academy, China and the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He has a PhD in Management from Cass Business School, City University London. He has an MA in Film (Documentary specialism) and Journalism from New York University, a post-graduate Diploma from City University in Newspaper Journalism and a BA from Sussex University in International Relations.