Media Asset Assistant
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.
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.
Lecturer - Editing
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.
IT Manager & Staff Governor
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!
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.
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 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.
Module 1 Leader and Term 1-2 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.
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.
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.
Term 4 Tutor
Rosie initially trained as a Film and Installation artist at Central St Martins College of Art exhibiting work in venues such as Camden Arts Centre, London, Tate Gallery Liverpool, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow etc before starting to make short narrative films. She has worked for many years as an independent film-maker making films commissioned by BFI Network, Creative Scotland and UK Film Council amongst others exhibiting work at many film festivals in the UK and internationally. She was chosen to take part in training at Binger Film Lab, EAVE and Feature Expanded. She is currently developing projects with Berkeley Street Productions. She has extensive Freelance experience working for BBC, BBC Scotland and other broadcasters on Arts Programming. She has also worked in Higher Education for many years teaching Film Production and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy having taught at the University of Glasgow, York St John University and for BFI Education.