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.

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+ 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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Tara Verma

Editing Instructor/Technician

Thomas Gentle

Management Accountant

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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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

Victoria Thomas joined London Film School as the Course Leader of the MA International Film Business Programme in 2019 after a couple of years as an independent producer, specialising in international co-productions and visiting lecturer at London Film School, National Film and Television School, Southbank University, University of Greenwich and London Film Academy. 

In addition to her role at London Film School, Victoria is the founder of Scotland’s first black owned film and TV production company Republic Of Story (formerly Polkadot Factory), through which she has co-produced both shorts, and indie features, across fiction, documentary, and animation. She continues to oversee an active development slate that has received funding from the BBC, Screen Scotland and BFI Network among others, alongside freelancing as a Producer/Director/Screenwriter. 

Films she has produced have screened at Oscar/BAFTA qualifying film festivals and broadcast on TV internationally, receiving awards and nominations from a variety of organisations including BAFTA Scotland. Original projects on her development slate have been selected for major curated markets including IFP Week, Cannes Producers Network, Fin (formerly Strategic) Partners, Apulia Film Forum and Film London’s Production Finance Market.

As a screenwriter, her original screenplays have been shortlisted for the Oscars Nicholls Fellowship, Sundance Screenwriters lab and in 2020, one of her screenplays won the Meryl Streep/Nicole Kidman/Oprah Winfrey backed The Writers Lab NYC. She is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Sheffield Doc Fest's Future Producer School, Glasgow Film Festivals Producer Accelerator Lab, Filmonomics, Edinburgh Talent Lab, Emerging Producers, EAVE and the UK’s National Film & Television School.

She serves on several film juries for a variety of awards and festivals including Sunny Side Of The Doc, Durban International Film Festival, the BIFA’s and sits on the advisory board of Film Africa. She regularly moderates panels and discussions at major international film festivals. She is a voting member of BAFTA Scotland and BAFTA UK.

Prior to embarking on a career in the film industry, she trained as a lawyer and worked as a journalist and publisher. She holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in International Business, Law and Film Practice.

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.

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. 

Sophia Wellington

Course Leader MA Screenwriting, Head of Screenwriting and 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.