Staff

Rosie Toner

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.

Saskia van Roomen

Outreach Manager

Sue Austen

Module 3 Leader and Term 6+ Tutors

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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Susan Fowler

Head of Production

Sue is an experienced Head of Production, Line Producer, Production Executive, and Production Manager with nearly 20 years’ experience in the broadcast industries across TV, film, and digital content working with broadcasters and large production companies such as BBC, Channel 4, and Talkback / Fremantle Media. Sue has worked in many genres across scripted and non-scripted programming, films, and content during her established career and comes to London Film School with enormous enthusiasm to show all how to love everything production management / producing.

Timo Heinänen

Head of Camera

Timo Heinänen F.S.C., cinematographer and previously a professor at Aalto University, Finland. Heinänen’s established career as a cinematographer and educator is irreprehensible; he is skilled across features, short films, documentaries, tv and commercials for over 30 years, with deep educational practice alongside serving as deputy board member of the European Federation of Cinematographers (IMAGO) educational committee, Vice President of Finnish Society of Cinematographers (F.S.C.) and speaker at the ASC International Cinematographers Summit. Heinänen is currently in pre-production on ‘Puluboin ja Ponin leffa’ (2018).

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Thomas Gentle

Assistant Management Accountant

Tiana Harper

MA Filmmaking Course Leader

Tiana’s career in film, television and the performance industries includes producing, directing, scriptwriting and performance-coaching roles. Her career has spanned documentary, advertising and comedy and drama. She has worked across a range of projects, from production roles on feature films for Miramax, 20th Century Fox and Disney, to factual television for Channel 4 and Nickelodeon.  She has also directed and produced films and promotional campaigns for the Discovery Channel, and has written, directed and performed a one-woman play.  

Tiana is a Fellow of the HEA having taught/course-led in undergraduate and postgraduate filmmaking for several years at the Northern Film School, Ravensbourne University and UCA.  An alumna of the Northern Film School, the MA Screenwriting at Royal Holloway and the MA Actor Training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Tiana was also awarded an EMMY Citation for VFX production on the The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (HBO Films/BBC Films.)

Victoria Thomas

MAIFB - Course Leader

Wojciech Wrzesniewski

Head of Sound

Studied Electrical Engineering, after graduating worked for a number of years as a service engineer and industrial product designer. Sound recordist on a number of factual, educational and documentary strands for BBC and Channel 4 such as Inside Tracks, On the Record, Panorama, Breaking the Fear (independent feature) and shorts You're In There Ltd. and Konfident.

Sophia Wellington

Course Leader MA Screenwriting and Head of Screenwriting & Staff Governor

Sophia Wellington began her film career on the floor – literally: placing marks for Richard Gere as a camera assistant.  After years in the camera department, working on a number of Anglo-American features, Sophia moved into the cutting room where she is, to her knowledge, the only (living) assistant editor to get an apology out of Harvey Weinstein.

Sophia moved into script development in 2003 when she joined World Productions to develop a feature slate for their production deal with Sony Columbia.   During this time, she worked with a variety of writers and directors on films including Layer Cake and Becoming Jane

Another move, this time to Singapore where Sophia taught screenwriting for the Graduate Film and Dramatic Writing programmes of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia.  Returning to London in 2015, Sophia combines teaching with writing and script development whilst maintaining her links with the South East Asian film industry.  She runs feature workshops for the Cinemalaya Institute in Manila and recent script consultancy credits include Remittance (2016) a low budget feature exploring the life of migrant workers in Singapore and the upcoming Polis Evo 2, (2018) a high octane, Malaysian action movie.

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