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Tutor profile: Hal Cantor, Screenwriter

Hal Cantor's workshops at LFS

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Hal Cantor writes television, film, and theatre. SONY PICTURES TELEVISION optioned his personal comedy, TO HAL & BACK. He wrote on FUSION channel's acclaimed special, THE NAKED TRUTH: DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, which broke The Panama Papers story. Prior to that, his drama pilot MOUTHPIECE was bought by FOX TELEVISION STUDIOS. He wrote THE LAKE EFFECT, a one-hour drama pilot for SHOWTIME, developed with Emmy-winning director Scott Winant. Hal also sold the drama pilot TWILIGHT to SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. In features, he developed a comedy with John Davis Productions, based at TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX. 

Hal has had multiple plays produced. CUBICLES, which he directed, was presented by ALLIANCE REPERTORY THEATER in Los Angeles, where it garnered seven Valley Theater League nominations including Best Play, Best Writing and Best Director. He's currently adapting his play, THE BONUS ROUND, into a musical with a UK composer.
On the teaching front, Hal has developed and presented courses at New York Film Academy, London Film School, Met Film School: Berlin & London, Raindance: Berlin, aFilm International in Barcelona, and the Northwest Film Center in Portland.  He also represented Met Film School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in collaboration with PINEWOOD STUDIOS. 

Tutor profile: Helene Oosthuizen, Script / Continuity Supervisor

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Helene Oosthuizen is a Script Supervisor on various productions. For more than 20 years, she has worked on over 23 features including SUFFRAGETTE, READY PLAYER ONE, BLITZ, SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL. In addition to films, her highlights in TV include GAME OF THRONES along with various Commercials.


*Script Supervising Golden Globe award for Luther (with Idris Elba) 


Tutor profile: Ian Neil, Music Supervisor

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Ian’s extensive knowledge of music is renowned. His expertise in researching tracks and handling music clearances, in addition to his strong ties with all the major and independent record labels and publishers artists, composers, agents and managers, has inevitably made him the first port of call for all the top UK film directors and producers.

Before becoming an independent Film Music Supervisor Ian built his strong reputation through his work as Head of Film and TV for Polygram Records; Head of Film, TV and Advertising and ultimately Director of the department at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. By placing artists such as LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY, THE CARDIGANS, MOBY, GOLDFRAPP, OVERSEER, GROOVE ARMADA, LAMB & SMASHMOUTH and many more high profile advertising campaigns, TV and Film Productions.

One of Ian’s first big films, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, resulted in a double platinum soundtrack and a strong collaboration with Brit director Guy Ritchie. Ian was therefore Ritchie’s first choice for his follow up feature, SNATCH. In 2004, Ian began to enjoy huge success as a Freelance Music Supervisor with many credits including CONTROL by Anton Corbin; JOE STRUMMER-THE FUTURE IS WRITTEN by Julien Temple; ST.TRINIANS 1 & 2; KIDULTHOOD; ADULTHOOD; ROCKNROLLA and OF TIME AND THE CITY from the highly acclaimed director Terence Davies. Other recent popular releases in the UK include SEX & DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL which Ian is also an Executive Producer, NOWHERE BOY, KICK ASS, BRIGHTON ROCK & 127 HOURS.

His work across all his projects and include sourcing existing material, finding new original content, organizing pre-records, attaching score composers, full management of source & score budgets, film spotting, licensing and contracting, compiling soundtracks and much more.

TV credits include RED RIDING TRILOGY directed by Julian Jarold, Anand Tucker & James Marsh for Revolution Films. The latter of which he teamed the composer Dickon Hinchcliffe with the Director of which they have worked several times subsequently. Other TV shows include ECHO BEACH,ASHES TO ASHES & SKINS.

As of May 2010 Ian took the role of Director of Music for Film and TV for Sony Music. Overseeing Sony music content into Advertising, TV, Film and Computer Games. In 2011 he secured the INBETWEENERS soundtrack for Sony Music, which led to a huge hit for SEAN KINGSTON with Party All Night (Sleep All Day). Most recently procuring PALOMA FAITH’S cover of Never Tear Us Apart in the new coveted John Lewis advertising spot, resulting in a top 10 hit and helping album sales reach double platinum.

He continues to run a scaled down version of his own supervision company and recently supervised KICK ASS 2, ALAN PARTRIDGE – ALPHA PAPA and THE DOUBLE. He is currently working with Guy Ritchie, Anton Corbin, Matthew Vaughn, Ben Wheatley and Robert Carlyle on their current projects, including supervising the forthcoming KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, released in 2015.

"Ian Neil is a leading film & Television music supervisor whose record business background gives him exclusive industry knowledge and contacts. he is well connected for the mainstream and well informed for discovering breaking artists. Ian also has a wide knowledge of film and film scores, he is excellent at matching films with composers both stylistically and based on the personalities involved. He knows the varied business aspects of creating a soundtrack for a film, from contracts, to licences, to cue sheets, from setting up deals with artists, record labels and publishers to engaging with agents and composers he is a brilliant facilitator with consistently excellent results. Ian is a major asset to the music department of any film. His experience and success as a music supervisor precedes him and among his colleagues he is recognised as an industry leader."- Ilan Eshkeri, Film & TV Music Composer

Tutor profile: Joel Cahen, Sound Recordist

Joel Cahen is an experienced location sound recordist who also works in post-production. He has worked on a variety of recent film productions, as well as sound for different media. As creative director for Newtoy, he also organizes unique art events such as the destructivist Scrap Club and the touring underwater sound gallery Wet Sounds.

Tutor profile: Jonas Grimås, Director

Named Cultural Personality of the Year by the Stockholm Cultural Award in 2011, Jonas has been based in London since 1988 where he has has worked on a number of British crime dramas, including HAMISH MACBETH with Robert Carlyle, SILENT WITNESS and SECOND SIGHT: KINGDOM OF THE BLIND starring Clive Owen, HOPE AND GLORY with Lenny Henry and THE HELLO GIRLS for the BBC. He was also a regular contributor to ITV’s HEARTBEAT having directed thirty episodes.

Jonas won the BAFTA Film Award for best short film with ARTISTEN (The Artist). He was also nominated for best short film with MAROONED.

Having worked on British crime dramas, Jonas also took on a string of Swedish productions including the infamous WALLANDER films based on Henning Mankell’s novels. He directed two Wallander films, THE TRICKSTERS and THE PHOTOGRAPHER, before taking on the high profile job of turning Camilla Läckberg’s best-selling novels ISPRINSESSAN (The Ice Princess) and PREDIKANTEN (The Preacher) into television.

Jonas recently completed MIKE THE MIDWIFE, a comedy pilot for Channel Four, IGNOBLE NIGHT, based on Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline, LOVE AND LUST ACCORDING TO MEISNER and a string of observational documentaries: 300, FAKING IT, ELGAR'S TROMBONE, A SHOT OF GLASS, DELPHINE'S TOP and PAINTING EURYDICE. He has also transferred the stage plays LOCKED UP and FORE! and a concert performance of Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE to the screen and, since 2008, made 120 short films under the title MY UNEVENTFUL LIFE.

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Tutor profile: Josh Appignanesi, Writer, Director

Josh recently directed the feature FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL, "a #MeToo thriller for female surrealists set in the real life art-world", which Little White Lies called "Unnerving, riveting and mesmerising" and The Observer called "A Triumph." It premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Previous features include acclaimed documentary feature THE NEW MAN, the ethnic indie comedy THE INFIDEL (Tribeca), scripted by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi & Miranda Hart, and his debut feature SONG OF SONGS, a religious psychodrama written with Jay Basu and starring Natalie Press (award winning at Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam and BIFA nominated).

Josh also co-wrote romcom ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and has directed talent such as John Malkovich, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Sarah Kestelman and Michelle Dockery, and collaborated with artist Martin Creed among others. He makes commercials at Independent.

His teaching includes London Film School, Roehampton University, Film London’s Microwave, Guardian Masterclasses, and the Met Film School.

"Very very moving and revealing.. Told with great honesty and love."

Mark Kermode, BBC5

“Appignanesi jumps, in one beautifully executed move, to join the front rank of new British directors. His timing is perfect, his feel for the rhythm of moral action is bracing.”

“Startlingly, for this second project, Appignanesi shifts gear for something more confrontational and taboo-busting... a broad comedy that gleefully and repeatedly stamps on the tender toes of liberal correctness.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"A cinematic milestone… a challenging, unashamedly intellectual rigour to it. In both style and content, the film reveals a distinctive and bold new voice in British cinema."
Jason Solomons, THE OBSERVER

"A daringly original debut."
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

"A powerful and confident work and shows that Appignanesi is seriously committed to cultivating a real cinematic language."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

UK Agent: Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen
US Agent: Abram Nalibotsky at Verve

Tutor profile: Kate Leys, Script Editor

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Kate Leys is a feature film script editor who works on projects at all stages of development. She also works directly with filmmakers and a wide range of talent, in all genres, on adaptations as well as original screenplays. She has been head of development at several companies including FilmFour, where she helped commission and develop some of the UK’s most successful feature films, including FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, TRAINSPOTTING and THE FULL MONTY.

Kate speaks regularly at festivals and industry events including the London Film Festival, the UK Screenwriting Festival, The Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI South Bank, Guiding Lights, Skillset and Film London Microwave. She has taught screenwriting at the Northern Film School and at the University of London, script development at the National Film School, and been a visiting lecturer at Universities and film schools all over the UK.

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Tutor profile: Larry Sider, Film Editor/Sound Designer


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Larry Sider is Director of the School of Sound and from 2002-2006 was Head of Post-Production at the National Film and Television School (UK). He is a film editor and sound designer who has worked in documentary, animation and fiction. Most recently, he was Supervising Sound Editor for the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Dave McKean's Mirrormask. Past projects include Patrick Keiller's London and Robinson in Space, Chris Austin's musical biography of jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, The Brother With Perfect Timing, and Street of Crocodiles and Institute Benjamenta by the Quays. He has taught at numerous schools including the Royal College of Art, International Film School (Köln), European Film College (Ebeltoft), California Institute of the Arts, the Maurits Binger Institute and Bournemouth Media School. He is co-editor of Soundscape: The School of Sound Lectures 1998-2001 and The New Soundtrack Journal.

Tutor profile: Lucy Armitage, Freelance Producer and Script Editor

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Lucy has developed and produced scripted comedy-drama for  ITV1, BBC3, BBC4, Channel 4 and Sky, and has over 20 years experience as an award-winning TV and radio producer.  

She has developed and produced scripts and adaptations with writers as diverse as Jonathan Coe, Holly Walsh, Kat Sommers, Nick Hornby, John Hegley, Julie Myerson, Derren Litten, David Quantick, Lenny Henry, Jonny Sweet, John O'Farrell and the late great David Nobbs.

Lucy also produces and runs short courses for ScreenSkills, City Lit and City University

Tutor profile: Mia Bays, Producer / Distribution Consultant


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MIA BAYS is an Oscar winning twice BAFTA nominated creative producer working across fiction and docs, with a proven track record of launching careers with over 25 years experience in film on over 50 features.

She started her career in independent exhibition, distribution and sales, working on films such as Ang Lee’s THE WEDDING BANQUET and selling films such as Ian McKellen’s RICHARD III.

Mia has produced since 2004 – her first was SIX SHOOTER the Oscar winning film by Martin McDonagh, acclaimed music doc SCOTT WALKER 30 CENTURY MAN featuring David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn by Stephen Kijak, with whom she also completed BACKSTREET BOYS – SHOW EM WHAT YOURE MADE OF which premiered Jan-July 2015 worldwide on over 1500 screens and went to No1 on iTunes in N.America.

From 2007-14 Mia made 8 micro budget features as Creative Producer for the acclaimed Film London BBC Films Microwave scheme, including one of the most acclaimed UK debuts of 2008, SHIFTY by Eran Creevy which won Best Script at Stockholm Film Festival and garnered a BAFTA nomination for Best Debut 2010, and LILTING starring Ben Whishaw which opened Sundance Film Fest 2014 World Dramatic section and sold to over 16 territories inc Scandinavia and North America (Strand) and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Debut 2015.

Mia now runs Birds Eye View Film are a film agency and film agitator marketing films by women to audiences to effect industry change. with a growth plan for 2017-2020 building on their 25k+ reach on social media channels and heavy hitting board and reach in the industry to make it a significant impact on the industry and audience by marketing films by women through training, events and promotions. @birdseyeviewff