Staff

Nesta Morgan

Senior Lecturer - Production Design

Nesta Morgan is an experienced set designer and art director who graduated in interior design, and further studied TV design at Chelsea School of Art which led to her gaining an award from BBC Visions 2000 for Commended New Production designer. Her early art department roles include that of Portrait Artist for the NFT screenplay adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Trevor Nunn at Pinewood studios, Assistant Art Director on several TV comedy productions such as The Sketch Show, directed by Richard Boden, with further art director and production designer roles on short and feature films, and music video. Nesta has developed her art works in film through storyboarding, practical paintings and painting on set, she enjoys engaging in the design development and portrayal of story through film and media production, and her sketchbooks bring added dimension to film life and real life character events.

Nesta is an experienced tutor of interior design in further and higher education and sees teaching and mentoring as an integral part of her practice.

Nicola Soper

Short courses programme manager

Noor Sandhu

Finance Administrator

Nuno Vieira de Sousa

Facilities Assistant

Pete McSherry

Interim Facilities Manager

Pete has worked in Facilities Management for nearly 18 years across the Public, Charity and Educational sectors.  His career highlight to date was achieving his Level 3 and 4 Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management qualifications.

He is originally from a place called Rathfriland in Co Down, ("the type of town you drive through to get somewhere else!") He is a big Gaelic football fan and an avid follower of Liverpool and Celtic, he also loves travelling and reading autobiographies.

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.

Rafael Kapelinski

Module 1 Leader and Term 1 Tutor

Rafael is a London-based, award-winning writer/director, media lecturer, screenplay development and new media technology consultant. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, London Film School and the EKRAN programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw, he has created some of the most distinctive short and feature films that have won over 25 international awards at top-tier 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 and consequently Rafael was long-listed for the British Independent Film Award for Directing. 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 Bosch Stiftung Competition. He also worked as script supervisor on Nina Gantz’s BAFTA-winning short animation Edmond (over 50 other international awards). He has most recently completed a neo-noir psychological drama titled A Woman At Night produced by Blue Shadows Films (UK) and Haven of Peace (USA) and is currently in pre-production with Budapest Diaries (Polish Film Institute/DominoFilms/Filmfabriq). He has lectured in fiction development and audio-visual storytelling at the London Film School, Central Film School, London Film Academy and The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles.
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Richard Kwietniowski

Module 3 Leader and Term 6+ Tutor

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.

Richard Leeder

Head of Projection & Audio Visual Support

Richard is an Ex-Westend Chief Projectionist, Obsessed with film from a young age (particularly the horror genre). Richard landed his dream job as a cinema projectionist over 25 years ago and has worked for Odeon, Empire and Picturehouse Cinemas, and has worked on numerous film festivals, including LFF and Sundance. He has seen the changeover from film prints to digital media, which has made the industry a lot more inclusive although he still thinks 70mm film is the best.  

Sabrina Semidei

Programme Coordinator - MA Screenwriting, MA International Film Business

French-Italian London Film School graduate in Screenwriting and winner of the LFS Final Draft award for Outstanding Screenwriting Student (2021). Before that, she graduated from King's College London with a BA in Film Studies. She has been living in London for the past five years, working on her own original screenplays and occasional short film shoots. She is currently also working on a novel adaptation and her first novel. 

Sam Penny

IT Assistant

Saskia van Roomen

Outreach Manager

Steve Gray

Senior Lecturer in Camera

Sue Austen

Module 3 Leader and Term 6+ Tutor

Sue has worked in independent film and television production since 1982.  Her career began at the now legendary Goldcrest Films, where she worked for four years on programmes produced for the new Channel 4. After Goldcrest’s collapse Sue spent a short time as a freelance script editor, before joining Granada Films as Head of Development.  Whilst there she worked on a number of feature films including David Hare’s STRAPLESS and Aisling Walsh’s first feature, JOYRIDERS.  Sue left Granada to co-produce the medical thriller, PAPER MASK, co-funded by Film 4 and British Screen, released in over 70 territories and selected as the closing film in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. 

Sue then spent 5 years working at the European Script Fund, part of the MEDIA (Creative Europe) organisation and returned to production in 1997 with her first television film, VICIOUS CIRCLE, developed and produced for BBC Films and Irish Screen. This was followed by the BAFTA nominated comedy drama DONOVAN QUICK starring Colin Firth. Over the next twelve years she produced more than 50 hours of primetime television drama for BBC1, BBC2 and ITV and received a second BAFTA nomination.

She continues to develop new productions as well as tutoring and lecturing part time at the London Film School, Goldsmiths University, Serial Eyes and Regents University.

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Tabitha Jenkins

Interim Head Of Camera

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