Staff

Lawrie Gault

Media Asset Assistant

Les Blair

Emeritus Professor

After a degree in Economics and a spell as an advertising copywriter Les Blair enrolled as a student at the London Film School. In 1969 he spent six months in Prague as an exchange student at FAMU where he made a short documentary about life under the Soviet bloc invasion which was shown by the BBC before being snatched back by the Czech authorities. On returning to London he produced and edited Mike Leigh’s first film Bleak Moments before launching his own career as a director with a string of films made for television which he wrote and directed after extended improvised rehearsal with the actors. He also directed the work of other writers, most notoriously G.F.Newman’s Law and Order which secured a place in television history with its portrayal of endemic corruption in the police and judicial system. His TV films News Hounds and The Accountant both won BAFTA’s for Best Single Drama. He has written and directed feature films for cinema including Bad Behaviour which won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers award for comedy. His work for the theatre includes Becket’s Waiting for Godot and two plays of his own.

View Les Blair on IMDb

Caitlin Quinlan

Film Festivals and Alumni Coordinator

Joined LFS as Festivals Coordinator after graduating with an MA in Film Studies from King’s College London, and continues to work as a freelance film journalist with regular contributions to Little White Lies and Sight & Sound among others.  

Alumni email: alumni@lfs.org.uk | Festivals: festivals@lfs.org.uk

Manos Ioannou

Lecturer - Editing

Matthew Button

Head of Production Design

Matthew Button designed his first feature in 2004, and has been consistently in demand ever since, for feature films and TV. In 2014 he was nominated for the Royal Television Society ‘Best Production Design’ award and in 2015 he was nominated for a BAFTA, as a member of the production team on BBC’s  ‘Our World War’.

Michael Tselepis

Camera Equipment Manager

Prior to joining London Film School, Michael began his career in the industry working within a kit room for several years. He has also been a camera assistant for several BBC 3 shows, a creative executive for Sky and a production assistant on Bollywood feature films. He studied Filmmaking at the Metropolitan Film school and also has a degree in Economics.

Moshe Nitzani

IT Manager & Staff Governor

Nick Aravis

Facilities Manager

My role as Facilities Manager commenced in June 2019. Feel free to email or call regarding Facilities matters. My previous FM roles include Age UK, Dogs Trust and Urdang Academy. During my spare time, I have been presenting a soul, funk and disco radio show for Solar Radio in Londons Maida Vale for over 20 years - including 43 years as a DJ.  I love the interaction with listeners and happy dancing feet!

Nicola Gibson

Module 2 Leader (Term 3 Tutor)

Nicola worked at the BBC for 12 years as a Producer/Director on primetime series and programme strands in BBC Arts, Specialist Factual and Documentaries and as successful Development Producer. Her work has been nominated for a Grierson Documentary Award, a Royal Television Award and the highly acclaimed series ‘My Life As A Child’, won at five International Input Documentary Festivals. 

Her approach in all her work comes from her belief that documentary is ‘life shared on film’ and after leaving the BBC she worked in the independent sector for Ridley Scott Associates and the Garden. She then set up her own media company which made short films, radio documentaries and most recently creating animated documentaries. 

She is also an experienced and qualified documentary lecturer in Higher Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. She taught documentary making at City University for 7 years and has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of London Goldsmiths and Birkbeck.

Peter Hollywood

Head of Editing

Peter Hollywood is an award-winning editor, who has been editing for over twenty years. As well as collaborating with well-known directors, such as Ridley Scott, Mike Newell and Terry Gilliam, he has been contributing to almost every genre imaginable, ranging from no-budget shorts and independent documentaries to network television and multi-million dollar features.

Rachel Cavalier

Registry Officer

Rachel has extensive experience in student/degree programme administration & funding. Supporting Registry in all areas of Admissions, Tier 4 visa, U.S. Federal Loans, Student Finance and leads enrolment/induction. She also works closely with our Awarding bodies to ensure onboarding and offboarding of students.

Loves cult horror films, hates romance.

Rafael Kapelinski

Module 3 Leader and Term 2 Tutor

Rafael is a London-based, award-winning writer/director, media lecturer, screenplay development and new media technology consultant. Since 2006 he has created some of the most distinctive short and feature films that have won over twenty five international awards at toptier festivals such as Cannes, Oberhausen, Austin, New Horizons and Brest. His feature debut 'Butterfly Kisses' (BBC Films/Film London/Microwave/Blue Shadows Films) won the Crystal Bear at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. His feature project 'Up on the Roof' won Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Cinefondation Residence award. His short 'To Bury The Horse' was a finalist in the 2011 Bosh Stiftung Competition. He also worked as script supervisor on Nina Gantz’s BAFTA-winning short animation 'Edmond' (over fifty international awards). He is currently in development with a comedy Cranley Gardens (Blue Shadows Films, IFP), Budapest Diaries (Domino Films, PISF) and a television series 'Tumbleweed' (Racine Media). He is also attached to adapt and direct Alex Gino’s best-selling novel George (Racine Media). Rafael has taught all aspects of fiction directing, practical filmmaking and script development at The London Film School, The Central London Film School, The London Film Academy and The Northern Film School. 

Rafael Kapelinski's website View Rafael Kapelinski on IMDb

Richard Kwietniowski

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.

Robin Graham

Secretary to the Board of Governors

Robin joins London Film School as our Secretary. He has been a solicitor for 29 years, spending most of his time in the public sector and also with Eversheds LLP as a Senior Associate. He has held a number of senior roles in the higher education sector, including University Solicitor at Brunel University and University Secretary to both Lincoln and Cork universities. He was also the Secretary and Director at a Fire Authority. He has a background in the charity sector, where he was the Head of Legal at the Woodland Trust and then the Company Secretary at Arthritis Research UK. Robin joins the School from LAMDA, where he was the Secretary. He has also spent time as a retained firefighter and until recently served as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Lincoln. He is also working on his first novel and spending time building his niche legal consultancy, which includes advising some up and coming bands. 

Ronaldo Fagarazzi

Stage Supervisor and Gaffer

Ronaldo has been involved in the theatre, television and film industries for almost twenty years. During that time he has worked as Lighting Designer on numerous stage productions in London, Cambridge, Brighton and the Edinburgh Festival. In 1993 he joined the lighting department at Fountain Television in Wembley, working on numerous productions, including Friends, The Fast Show and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, rising to the position of Studio Manager in 1998.

In 2001 he decided to return to freelance work and was involved in a wide range of projects, including six months in the USA, where he was employed as Lighting Designer at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Centre in New York on productions which included Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Nine and The Mikado. After a tour of Britain and India with Chitraleka Dance Company on their innovative Story of C he joined the London Film School. What was originally intended to be a short-term contract has become permanent and he is now responsible for the schools lighting equipment, stages and health and safety - as well as teaching students safe use of lighting, electrics etc.

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