Amanda has been a film executive and independent producer, joint-Head of Producing at the National Film and Television School, visiting lecturer at the RCA Film School, University of Westminster and London South Bank University. She was Artistic Director of PAL Screenwriters’ Labs, one of the founders and directors of Dartington Screenwriters’ Studio, and has been an advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain Lottery Film Fund. She was a workshop board advisor on several Equinoxe screenwriting programmes in Bordeaux. Amanda has been a course leader on D&AD Workout Screenwriting and Storytelling for Film workshops since the beginning of the programme over ten years ago. She has been teaching screenwriting part-time at the London Film School on the MA Screenwriting and Filmmaking courses since 2005.
Amanda has worked at Columbia Pictures, was a consultant to the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Head of the National Film Development Fund and Head of Film Development at Goldcrest Productions. She set up Astoria Productions in partnership with Barbara Broccoli, where they produced Emmy-nominated ‘Crime of The Century’ for HBO. She has developed feature film projects through her own production companies Alchemy Productions and Doppelganger Films. Amanda has co-written screenplays, and is currently working on a novel and and cross-media projects. She has had solo exhibitions of her multi-media artwork, including afour month installation at the Grant Museum of Zoology in London. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Tony Grisoni worked in many different areas of film making before turning to screenwriting. QUEEN OF HEARTS, 1989 was his award winning first feature directed by Jon Amiel. He has worked closely with a number of directors including Michael Winterbottom, John Boorman, Rankin, Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, Anand Tucker and Terry Gilliam (FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS and TIDELAND). Grisoni is proud to count himself amongst the crew on board the ship of fools: THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE.
VANISHED - A VIDEO SEANCE, 1999 was made in collaboration with performance artist and poet, Brian Catling. He and Catling have gone to make other pieces for galleries and together host the annual celebration of the absurd, CABARET MELANCHOLIQUE. Other artists he has collaborated with include Oona Grimes and Dryden Goodwin.
In 2001, Tony Grisoni made the trek along the people smugglers' route from the Pakistan/Afghan border, through Iran and Turkey to Europe with the director, Michael Winterbottom. The resulting film, IN THIS WORLD, won the 2002 Berlinale Golden Bear.
In 2005 Grisoni collaborated with Simon Channing Williams of Potboiler Films, and Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe (directors of LOST IN LA MANCHA) to write and co-produce BROTHERS OF THE HEAD adapted from the novella by Brian W. Aldiss. More recently Grisoni wrote THE RED RIDING TRILOGY, 2009. Yorkshire Noir in the decade 1974 to '83. From the novels by David Peace. Produced by Andrew Eaton at Revolution Films for Channel 4. Directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker. Also THE UNLOVED, 2009. Samantha Morton's directorial debut. BAFTA - Best TV Single Drama. Produced by Kate Ogborn and Michael Elliott for Revolution Films and C4.
Grisoni has also written and directed a number of short films including the BAFTA nominated KINGSLAND #1 The Dreamer, 2008, SYNCING, 2009, and the award winning THE PIZZA MIRACLE, 2010.
Writer-Producer - Visiting Lecturer
Frank Spotnitz is an award-winning writer, producer and showrunner best known for his work on The X-Files. His latest series, Hunted, aired on BBC1 and HBO Cinemax in autumn 2012. His other credits include Strike Back: Project Dawn, Night Stalker, Michael Mann’s Robbery Homicide Division, The Lone Gunmen, Harsh Realm and Millennium.
Spotnitz serves as chief executive of Big Light Productions Ltd, a London-based production company specializing in trans-Atlantic drama series. Hunted, produced by Big Light in association with Kudos Film and Television, was an international spy thriller starring Melissa George. He created, wrote and executive-produced the eight-part series. HBO Cinemax has commissioned a spinoff. He is currently writing and executive producing a four-hour adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic novel, The Man in the High Castle, for Ridley Scott and SyFy.
Spotnitz served as executive producer, directed two episodes and wrote or co-wrote more than 40 episodes of The X-Files. He was a producer and co-writer of both X-Files feature films, 'Fight the Future' (1998) and 'I Want to Believe' (2008). He shared three Golden Globes for Best Dramatic Series and a Peabody Award for his work on The X-Files. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for writing and three times for Outstanding Drama Series.
Spotnitz began his professional life as a journalist, writing for United Press International, Associated Press and Entertainment Weekly, among others, as well as reporting for the seminal French pop-culture TV series, Rapido. Born in Japan, he received a BA in English literature from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.
Sandy Lieberson has been a major figure in the film industry in Europe and America since the 1960s, having acted as agent for among others, Sergio Leone, Peter Sellers, Lindsay Anderson and the Rolling Stones. After producing Performance and Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus, he formed Goodtime/VPS with David Puttnam in 1970, going on to produce some of the most significant films of the 1970s and 1980s. From 1977 Sandy was first vice president of International Pictures and Marketing and later president of production at 20th Century Fox, supervising the international launches of, among others, the early Star Wars films, and supervising the production of films by Herzog, Roeg, Bertolucci, Zinneman, Kurosawa and Ridley Scott. Founder and Chair of Film London, Sandy launched the ground breaking Microwave Fund, Artists Moving Image and Production Finance Market. One of the founders of The Berlin Talent Campus and originator of the Producers Course at the NFTS, Sandy is currently an advisor and contributor to a wide range of organizations and projects dedicated to the development of talent and skill in the film and media industries.
After a successful career as a film editor of documentaries, TV drama and film, Olivia Hetreed moved to the other end of the production line. She wrote a series of highly acclaimed family films for ITV including The Treasure Seekers and The Canterville Ghost.
The hit film Girl with a Pearl Earring, adapted from Tracy Chevalier’s best-selling novel and starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, was nominated for and won multiple awards worldwide. Non-film work includes The Canterbury Tales: The Man of Law’s Tale for the BBC and Zero for Radio Four. She wrote Series One of The Roman Mysteries, a landmark TV series for CBBC. Olivia is currently working on a feature adaptation of Wuthering Heights for Ecosse Films and a major drama series for ITV, among other projects.
Olivia is an experienced mentor to developing screenwriters and works with students at the London Film School, Royal Holloway College, University of Westminster and others, as well as giving master-classes and many panel appearances. As Chair of the Film Committee at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain she tries to represent the best interest of screenwriters and raise their profile inside and outside the industry. She is also on the Board of the Screenwriters’ Festival.
Neil Hunter has co-written and directed three feature films: BOYFRIENDS, THE LAWLESS HEART and SPARKLE. Based on improvisation, they have won numerous awards and wide distribution. He is currently developing an adaptation of WOMAN’S WORLD, a graphic novel by Graham Rawle, and pursing projects with several co-writers. He has also taught screenwriting for the Arvon Foundation, and mentored for Moonstone.
Jon is a writer, director and script developer with nearly twenty years’ experience working in the UK film and TV industry. Starting off as a runner on long-running TV series HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU?, he subsequently trained as a script editor on the prestigious North By Northwest script-editing scheme before becoming a freelance script consultant for companies including Universal Pictures, the Film Council, and the Script Factory. He is also a writer and director, having directed several short films including the award-winning TOSHI (2009) and written the feature adaptation of David Grossman's children's novel THE ZIGZAG KID starring Isabella Rossellini, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.
As well as teaching at the LFS, Jon has taught classes at various other institutions including City University, the London Film Academy and Industrial Scripts. He is represented in the UK by Independent Talent and by Elevate Entertainment, and the Gersh Agency in the US.
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.
Writer / Script Editor
Jeremy Page is a novelist, scriptwriter and script tutor / editor. As a script editor he has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Film Four, Working Title and House Productions across their development slates, as well as script editing for various film and TV independent companies.
As a screenwriter, he has developed an original six part series for Working Title TV, and House Productions, and had other work developed with a variety of independents. Scapegoat was a 30min short film broadcast on Channel 4 as part of their Coming Up strand highlighting emerging writers.
As a novelist he has published three novels: THE COLLECTOR OF LOST THINGS, published by Little, Brown; THE WAKE, published by Viking Penguin; and SALT, also published by Penguin. Salt was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for First Novel and for the Jelf Prize for First Novel. The Wake won the Award for Fiction at the East Anglian Book Awards. The Collector of Lost Things was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His short story DO IT NOW, JUMP THE TABLE, was a finalist in the BBC National Short Story competition, and subsequently broadcast on Radio 4. Other short stories have been published by The Guardian and elsewhere.
He has written freelance articles for Time Out, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Litro and various other publications and online sites and blogs, and been a travel writer and photographer for The Times.
He is a tutor at the London Film School in their MA in Screenwriting, and has also taught and mentored at the UEA Creative Writing programme, City University and the Curtis Brown Creative courses.
With a background in print and TV journalism, Ellis has been writing screenplays for over 15 years. He has had commissions from BFI, Channel Four, The Film Council, Rai (Italy), Fox Searchlight and the MEDIA programme.
With Brazilian director, Henrique Goldman, he wrote PRINCESA, an award-winning feature about a transvestite prostitute living in Milan. The film was screened at the Sundance festival 2001 and has been released in the US, UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia. He also co-wrote JANUARY 2ND, a comedy feature for director Matt Winn which screened widely at festivals.
A regular lecturer at the London Film School, Ellis also teaches creative writing seminars at the DFFB in Berlin for directors, writers and producers. He is an advisor at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam, a tutor on the Low Budget Film Forum and has held creative writing workshops at the Scuola Holden in Turin and the Berlinale Talents.
He is currently developing a TV thriller series for Sixteen Films, producer Rebecca O’Brien and director, Tim Fywell. He is also developing a slate of feature projects with Clownfish Films, the company he runs with producing partner, Luke Schiller.
Roger is on his third career. Having worked as an actor for twelve years with some of the UK's most prestigious theatre companies (including the RSC and The Traverse), he moved into television drama development at the BBC. There he worked with Tessa Ross developing series, serials and features such as Patrick Keiller's ROBINSON IN SPACE and the Amber Collective's THE SCAR.
He left the BBC to become Head of Drama Development at TalkBack Productions and then made the shift to writing his own work. He is currently working on a feature screenplay and a novel. He has written the original book and lyrics for a musical, CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, which will open at the Riverside Studios in July 2013. He is about to complete the follow-up to his short film SUNDAY. SUNDAY, featuring a voice-over by Bill Nighy, was screened for an extended run at the Renoir Cinema in London and was selected for the 2010 London Short Film Festival. In 2012 he was script editor for KELLY + VICTOR.
Roger continues to work as a freelance script consultant and is a visiting tutor at the London Film School's MA Screenwriting and MA Filmmaking programmes.
Udayan Prasad has been directing documentaries, television drama and feature films since graduating from the National Film & Television School in 1983. His feature films include Brothers In Trouble, 1995, My Son The Fanatic 1997, and The Yellow Handkerchief, 2008. His television credits include 102 Boulevard Haussman, 1991 and Talking Heads 2: Playing Sandwiches by Alan Bennett along with They Never Slept 1989, Running Late 1992 and Femme Fatale 1992 by Simon Gray. His TV series credits include Silent Witness 2010 for BBC TV, two episodes of The Tunnel 2013 for Sky Atlantic and the grand finale of The Musketeers 2016 for BBC TV. He was lead director and executive producer on the first series of Selection Day 2018 for Netflix.
When not actively involved in production, he is a frequent visiting lecturer on directing and screenwriting programmes at several film schools including London Film School and The National Film & Television School in the UK; The Wajda School in Warsaw, the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź́́ and Gdynia Film School in Poland. He is also an advisor and mentor on various international directing and screenwriting workshops.
Alexandra Stone is an independent producer and heads London-based Streetcar Productions Ltd. She is currently in post-production on Alejandro Chomski’s Paul Auster adaptation, In The Country of Last Things and in pre-production on The Drowning, a mini-series for All3 Media and Channel 5. Stone’s producing credits include: Suzi Ewing’s debut feature, 10 X 10, starring Luke Evans and Kelly Reilly; Dom Bridges’ Freehold which premiered at SXSW; David Mackenzie’s multi-award-winning Young Adam starring Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton; Menhaj Huda’s UK hit Kidulthood with Noel Clarke; Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette; Gerald McMorrow’s Franklyn with Eva Green and Sam Riley and Critical Eye starring Hugh Bonneville and Anna Chancellor.
Prior to Streetcar, Alexandra Stone spent fourteen years as head of development at Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company and HanWay Films, where she oversaw projects with filmmakers including: Bernardo Bertolucci, Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Glazer, Johnny Depp, Takeshi Kitano, Harmony Korine, Amos Gitai, Sarah Polley, Vincent Ward, Phillip Noyce, and David Cronenberg.
Before RPC, she worked in Los Angeles as director of development for Paula Weinstein at the Warner Bros based Spring Creek Productions on projects with Peter Weir, Alfonso Cuaron, Lasse Hallstrom and Steve Kloves.
She started her career as a producer’s assistant on the MGM hit, A Fish Called Wanda; Old Gringo starring Jane Fonda and Gregory Peck, Euzhan Palcy’s A Dry White Season with Donald Sutherland and Marlon Brando and Steve Kloves’ debut The Fabulous Baker Boys starring Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer. She assisted Lasse Hallstrom on Once Around starring Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss and co-ordinated Luis Mandoki’s White Palace with Susan Sarandon and James Spader.
Course Leader MA Screenwriting and 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.
Module 3 Leaders and Term 6+ Tutors
Writer-director, born in London to Anglo-Polish parents. After studying literature then film at University of Kent at Canterbury, became Visiting Research Scholar in Film at University of California at Berkeley before returning to the UK to work in the independent film sector and higher education. Short films including Alfalfa and Flames of Passion were distributed internationally. Work as a director for British TV received Royal Television Society and D&AD (Gold and Best of Year) awards and a Prix Italia nomination. Feature-films Love and Death on Long Island (John Hurt and Jason Priestley), and Owning Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Minnie Driver) both made Best of Year critics’ lists. Awards include prizes from Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle, US National Board of Review, and BAFTA. He teaches directing, screenwriting and acting-to-camera at a range of institutions in the UK and beyond, and has contributed to many European initiatives in feature film development. His LFS directing workshop for film students and actors has just celebrated its 300th edition. His name is easier to pronounce than it looks: Kfee-etnee- ov-skee.