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.
Tutor profile: Neil Arksey, Screenwriter and Series Story Producer
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As screenwriter, story editor, development producer, head writer and series producer, Neil Arksey has been responsible for over a thousand episodes of serial drama at home and abroad. In the UK, he has worked on shows such as CROSSROADS, FAMILY AFFAIRS, DOCTORS, MILE HIGH, and RIVER CITY. And abroad, amongst other projects, he was head writer on Salatut Elämät, a 5-day-a-week soap in Finland, and series story producer on Jóban Rosszban, a continuing hospital drama set and based in Budapest.
In addition to working as a writer and producer, Neil has taught writing at several universities, colleges and film schools. He is the author of a number of popular books for children, teenagers and young adults, published by Penguin and Random House, including As Good As Dead In Downtown, Playing on the Edge and Flint.
Tutor profile: Robyn Forsythe, Producer
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Tutor profile: Sue Austen, Module 3 Leader and Term 6+ Tutor
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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.
Tutor profile: Tim Fywell, Director
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Tim Fywell is one of the most accomplished directors of drama working in UK television today. The range of his work extends from GRANTCHESTER (2014, 2016 & 2017) to HAPPY VALLEY (2014); from MASTERS OF SEX (2013) to DRACULA (2014); from CRACKER (1994, To Be a Somebody, with Robert Carlyle) to MADAME BOVARY (2000, adapted by Heidi Thomas); from Sarah Waters’ AFFINITY (2008, adapted by Andrew Davies) to THE TURN OF THE SCREW (2009, adapted by Sandy Welch); plus SILENT WITNESS, WAKING THE DEAD, THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY, DCI BANKS, LEWIS and WODEHOUSE IN EXILE (TV Movie, 2013). Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgård.
Tim’s feature credits include I CAPTURE THE CASTLE (2003) with Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne and Tara Fitzgerald, and THE ICE PRINCESS (2005) with Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack and Kim Cattrall. Tim studied English at Cambridge University and began his professional career directing in fringe theatre before moving on to the West End.
Some of his theatrical credits include: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Playhouse Theatre); SKIRMISHES (Hampstead Theatre); RED SATURDAY (Royal Court); THE MOTHER COUNTRY (Riverside Studios); HITTINGTOWN (Bush Theatre); NO HAND SIGNALS (National Theatre), which he wrote and directed; I MADE IT MA TOP OF THE WORLD which he devised and directed at the Royal Court, and SPRING AWAKENING (Royal Court).
Tutor profile: Tracey Gardiner, Producer
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Tracey Gardiner entered television after a career as a stockbroker in the City, when she joined FulcrumTV. After more than fifteen years at Fulcrum she then set up her own production company, Iridescent Films, which made the three part BBC 2 series PILGRIMAGE with Simon Reeve (a co-production with Lion Television). She is currently the executive producer of a feature length documentary, 100 MEN, funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and MPI Distribution.
Tracey started out making programmes about business and current affairs over twenty years ago but then branched out into science, arts, history and observational documentaries, putting together international co-production deals and private finance to fund projects. Key award winners include: KEYS TO THE CASTLE (BBC) which won A Scottish BAFTA and RTS in 2015; THE WINNER LOSER (BBC), shortlisted at IDFA and winner of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Award in; HOW M&S LOST ITS BILLIONS (C5) Wincott, Best Documentary; SIGHTHILL STORIES (BBC) Scottish BAFTA; SEND ME SOMEWHERE SPECIAL (BBC) Grierson Newcomer Winner.
The Daily Mail said about PILGRIMAGE: “a truly miraculous journey”, TV Times: “a truly engaging first leg...4 stars”, Daily Mail: “The excellent Simon Reeve returns with a three-part series...illuminating, engaging and enjoyable viewing” and the Mail on Sunday said “a life - affirming new series...4 stars”
On BBC1 documentary TOO OLD TO BE A MUM? (2010) The Telegraph said: The film tiptoed through the ethical eggshells with an equanimity that did its makers proud. The bare facts spoke loudly enough...this was a perfect subject for a television documentary, because the pictures made their own argument."
Tutor profile: Yarit Dor, Intimacy Coordinator & Co-founder of IDI-UK
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Yarit Dor is an IDI certified Intimacy Coordinator, co-founder of IDI-UK and co-director of Moving Body Arts. She is the Education Manager and Lead Instructor for IDI-UK’s Intimacy Coordination Accreditation Programme training intimacy coordinators for the UK and EU industry. Her intimacy coordination credits for TV & Film include: Adult Material (Channel 4), Domina (Sky TV), The Nevers (HBO), White Lines (Netflix), Spanish Princess 2 (Starz) and currently working on shows produced by BBC Studios and Amazon.
Tutor profile: Zillah Bowes, Writer, Director
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Zillah is a Welsh/English writer, director and photographer. Her fiction film STAYING (AROS MAE) won the Grand Jury Prize at Premiers Plans Angers Film Festival and Special Mention at Encounters Film Festival in 2021, and has screened internationally including Palm Springs ShortFest.
Her latest film ALLOWED, based on her award-winning lockdown photos, premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Visual Art Prize in 2021. She won a John Brabourne Award from the Film and TV Charity in 2020.
Zillah trained at the NFTS before working as a cinematographer, then as a director. Her debut as a director SMALL PROTESTS was nominated for a Grierson Award and won the Current Short Cuts Vimeo Award and Best Short Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival. As a cinematographer, her feature films include ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, which won the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
She has won the Wordsworth Trust Prize, a Creative Wales Award and a Literature Matters Award from the Royal Society of Literature. Her solo exhibition GREEN DARK, supported by Ffotogallery and the Arts Council of Wales, opened in 2021. Zillah has taught at the NFTS and several other institutions as well as the LFS.