Our credits tell the story.

Top film and television people teach at the School - Stephen Frears (The Queen), Brian Tufano (Trainspotting), David G. Croft (Shooting Stars, Crystal Maze), Lynda Myles (The Commitments) and Nik Powell (Ladies in Lavender, The Crying Game, Little Voice) to name but five. For more information about our Heads of Department please see below:

Heads of Department

Helen Nabarro Head of Animation

Helen graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of London. Her first step in the industry was as a PA for independent commercials producers and she was first introduced to animation production when sent off to Richard Purdum Productions to approve a leica reel. Helen spent the next six years at Purdums working in production. The studio produced commercials and title sequences in high quality drawn animation for British and American clients. Directors included Richard Purdum, Michael Dudok de Wit, Sylvain Chomet and Paul Demeyer.

Helen then moved west and worked with Aardman for three years, producing commercials, idents and short films. These included commercials with directors: Pete Lord, Tom Gasek, Loyd Price and Sam Fell; as well as BAFTA-winning productions: Luis Cook’s Channel Four idents, Nick Park and Steve Box’s BBC2 Wallace & Gromit Xmas idents and Steve’s short film, Stage Fright.

In 1997 Helen joined the BBC Animation Unit in Bristol, working initially in Wales producing Aaargh’s half hour caveman special, Gogwana, and subsequently across the unit’s output.

Helen exec. produced in-house BBC productions including the Robbie the Reindeer films (Hooves of Fire directed by Richard Goleszowski and Legend of the Lost Tribe directed by Peter Peake).

However, most of the unit’s output was co-produced with independent studios. Helen worked on series including Big Knights (Mark Baker and Neville Astley), I am not an Animal with Tim Searle and Peter Baynham, and with Sylvain Chomet on Belleville Rendezvous. Helen was also responsible for the BBC Animation Talent initiative, producing short films with the winners: Nick Mackie, Jaime Pardo and Lucy Izzard.

Following the closure of the Animation Unit in late 2006, Helen worked as a freelance producer based in Bath. She became Head of Department in 2007.

Brian Tufano BSC Head of Cinematography

Brian started his career with the BBC Film Department and later became freelance. Some of his credits include:

  • Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, director: Shane Meadows
  • Last Orders, director: Fred Schepisi
  • Billy Elliot, director: Stephen Daldry
  • Late Night Shopping, director: Saul Metzstein
  • Trainspotting, director: Danny Boyle
  • A Life Less Ordinary, director: Danny Boyle
  • Shallow Grave, director: Danny Boyle
  • Quadrophenia, director: Franc Roddam
  • Blade Runner, Additional Photography, director: Ridley Scott
  • I Could Never Be Your Woman, director: Amy Heckerling
  • Kidulthood, director: Menhaj Huda
  • My Zinc Bed, director: Anthony Page
  • Adulthood, director: Noel Clarke
  • Everywhere and Nowhere, director: Menhaj Huda

2001 BAFTA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television 2002 Special Jury Award for Outstanding Contribution to Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards.

Dean Humphreys Head of Post Production

Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Dean Humphreys, who has worked with many of the world’s leading directors, including Roman Polanski, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Bernardo Bertolucci and Franco Zeffirelli, joined the NFTS as our new Head of Editing, Sound and Music in April 2013.

He has also been the Sound Supervisor or Re-Recording mixer for major television series such as Kingdom (Stephen Fry) and Primeval; in addition to films including The Pianist (for which he won a César award), Interview With The Vampire,The Ghost Writer and Donnie Brasco.

John Rowe Head of Digital Effects

Over 25 years' experience in film and television production and post production, from editing to visual fx and film & video production to software development, with a heavy bias towards training applications to post-producers worldwide. John has worked on feature films, TV drama, Music Videos, Titles, Promos and Commercials with a broad range of broadcasters (inc BBC, BskyB, ITV, Channel 4, MTV), major film & TV post facilities and software manufacturers. He is an accredited Autodesk flame/smoke tutor.

Dick Fontaine Head of Documentary

Dick Fontaine has made over forty films for television and the independent media. A founder member of World in Action, he was the first filmmaker to introduce the techniques of Direct Cinema to UK television in the Sixties, collaborating with the Maysles Brothers to make groundbreaking films with the Beatles and Jean Shrimpton He developed the essay film with James Cameron, Temporary Person Passing Through, Norman Mailer, Will the Real Norman Mailer Please Stand Up? James Baldwin, I Heard it through the Grapevine, and others, experimental art films with John Cage, Roland Kirk, Johnny Rotten & Kathleen Battle, and the first films with the founders of Hip Hop, particularly Afrika Bambaataa & the Zulu Nation. He has made award-winning experiments with the reflexive camera, Double Pisces, Scorpio Rising, and many award-winning films with jazz musicians: Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Betty Carter and several of his films use improvised music like New York Law. His work is now part of the Harvard Film Archive and retrospectives have been held in New York and at Cinema de Reel in Paris during the 1st year. A TV version of his new film Beyond the Notes was shown on BBC Arena in February 2012. He is a mentor at the Berlinale Talent Campus and has run workshops across Europe and the USA. He is a member of the advisory board of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival. He joined the NFTS as a full time tutor in March 1995.

Lynda Myles Head of Fiction

After eight years as Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Lynda Myles spent two years as Director and Curator of Film at the Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley.

On returning to the UK, she produced her first feature, Defence of The Realm, for Enigma Films. She was appointed Senior Vice-President at Columbia Pictures, followed by two years at BBC as Commissioning Editor for Drama.

In 1990, she co-produced The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, which won Best Film at BAFTA in 1991, plus four other BAFTA Awards and an Oscar Nomination for Editing. She then produced The Snapper (winner of inter alia, the Premio Goya and the Prix Italia) and The Van, both directed by Stephen Frears. She also produced When Brendan Met Trudy written by Roddy Doyle and co-produced Killing Me Softly, directed by Chen Kaige.

In the early 90s, she was co-founder and co-Executive Director of the East-West Producers’ Seminar, the first training programme for producers in Eastern Europe. With Michael Pye, she is the author of The Movie Brats, dealing with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, George Lucas and John Milius. She was the first Chair of Women in Film and Television in the UK.

Jon Weinbren FRSA Head of Games Design and Development

Jon was formerly head of postgraduate programmes in digital games design and animation at the University for the Creative Arts, and creative director of Imaginary Productions. He has nearly twenty years’ experience across computer games, interactive media, film and broadcast television as a writer, producer/director, game designer, creative director, educator and consultant. Jon has worked in senior creative capacities on projects with the BBC, Channel 4, Science Museum, Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and numerous others. He is a serving Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was formerly a director of the London Games Festival and a founder and curator of the London Games Fringe.

Chris Auty Head of Producing

Chris Auty read English at King’s College Cambridge before becoming film editor of Time Out, a contributor to the Guardian and the BBC, and European Editor of The Hollywood Reporter.

After seven years as a film journalist he launched a start-up UK film distribution company, before also acquiring and re-launching two of Britain’s best-known art house cinemas (the Gate in London, and Cameo in Edinburgh) and co-financing and selling Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover around the world.

He then became Managing Director of Jeremy Thomas’ production company RPC (1991-1999) and served as a producer on numerous films (Stealing Beauty, Blood and Wine, Crash), as well as creating the company’s international sales offshoot, Hanway Films, which has gone on to become a leading player in international film sales. During this period he was heavily involved in the financing, world sales, and US/UK release deals and marketing strategy (both with US majors and leading independents) for all of the RPC output.

In 1998, following his role in the Film Policy Review Group, he was appointed a founder Board Member of the UK Film Council (whose functions were merged into the BFI in 2011).

In 1999 he left RPC to became ceo of the Virgin-backed film finance company The Film Consortium, where he executive produced many of the 20+ films financed by the company (including BAFTA-winning My Summer of Love, Berlin Golden Bear winner In This World, and Cannes competitor 24 Hour Party People). He led the business to create the publicly listed Works Media Group plc. At The Works he developed a significant international sales business, and a successful new UK distribution business underpinned by a DVD output deal with Universal. Chris remained on the board of The Works until the spring of 2011, at which time the lead shareholder bought the company back into private ownership.

During 2009-2010 Chris also worked extensively on developing an online distribution business around the Raindance Film Festival and sister organisation BIFA (British Independent Film Awards). He is the chairman of Raindance.tv and has sat on the advisory board of the BIFA awards since inception.

In 2010 Chris struck a financing deal with two leading entrepreneurs from the green technology sector, to develop film projects - including a big-budget thriller entitled The Gunseller, from the novel by Hugh Laurie; and a low budget comedy entitled Being Frank.

Chris was appointed head of the producing department at the UK’s NFTS (National Film and TV School) in January 2011. He also sits on the governing board of the European Film Academy.

David G Croft Head of Television Entertainment

David G. Croft is an award winning television director who has directed some of the best known entertainment programmes of the last 25 years. He joined the BBC as a Trainee Assistant Producer in 1982 after two years working in documentaries as an assistant film editor. Prior to this he gained an MA in Film & TV Studies from the Royal College of Art, following a BA Honours degree in Sociology from Liverpool University.

He began directing multi-camera studio programmes and outside broadcasts including a wide range of Arts & Entertainment programmes such as Riverside, Whistle Test, Wogan and Acting which he also co-produced with actress and writer Maria Aitken. The first series of Acting included the highly regarded Acting in Film with Michael Caine.

David also specialised in directing rock music - Pop Carnival, Sight and Sound in Concert and major rock events including Live Aid which won a BAFTA, The Prince’s Trust and The Free Nelson Mandela Concert all from Wembley Stadium. David also directed a trilogy of one-hour documentary specials for BBC2 on Bryan Ferry, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney. His final project for the BBC was to produce and direct the acclaimed music documentary series That Was Then This Is Now.

David went freelance in 1988 and continued to direct and produce a huge range of entertainment programmes. In comedy Jo Brand’s Hot Potatoes, Bremner Bird & Fortune (BAFTA Nomination), It’s Only TV But I Like It, Shooting Stars and Reeves & Mortimer’s Christmas Special (Silver Rose of Montreaux Award) In situation comedy he directed the cult-hit series Give My Head Peace (2000) for BBC Northern Ireland and several episodes of The Baddiel Syndrome (2002) sit-com for Sky.

He also produced and directed all six series of Channel 4’s highly acclaimed action adventure show Crystal Maze (Two BAFTA Nominations) and was also instrumental in developing the format. Other action adventure credits include Shock Treatment for Sky, Crossfire for C4 and Inside Clyde for Disney which was nominated for a Broadcast Award. In the late 90’s he regularly directed Top of the Pops and in July 2000 Michael Flatley’s Feet of Flames in the Olympic Stadium in Hungary before a crowd of 80,000 people

He has directed magic series with Paul Zennon and John Lenehan and the one hour documentary for ITV Extreme Magic Extreme Danger. Documentary drama productions include The Situation Room shot in Washington DC and two full length dramas shot at the Edinburgh Festival, The House with the Green Shutters and Variety.

In 2006 he joined the National Film & Television School as the Head of Department. He continues to direct and recent credits include Style On Trial hosted by Stuart Maconie & Lauren Lavern and the World Cinema Awards 2011 hosted by Jonathan Ross

Caroline Amies Head of Production Design  

Caroline initially followed her passion for theatre and worked for many companies including Hampstead Theatre, Michael Codron, The Young Vic, English National Opera and Royal Opera House doing graphics, scene painting and prop making, while also designing shows on the London Fringe including The Gate, Hull Truck, Royal Court & The Bubble Theatre. She studied History of Art at Warwick University and realizing she was a practitioner she then did post graduate Theatre Design at the Motley School. Since 1983 she has worked mostly designing for film, opting back to theatre to design The Blues Brothers which opened at the Whitehall Theatre the day Beirut hostage, John McCarthy was released.

Her film credits include In the Name of the Father, Carrington, The Secret Agent, Land Girls, Last September, Ladies in Lavender, Copying Beethoven. She is currently in early pre-production on a film version of Miss Julie

Corinne Cartier Head of Screenwriting

Corinne has worked in the Film and Television industry for 20 years, chiefly as a development and production executive. She was for 5 years the Director of PAL Screenwriters Labs, the respected UK writers’ development programme for working screenwriters, sponsored by Sony, Skillset and the UK Film Council, where she identified and nurtured the talent and scripts of over 100 writers from all over the UK, with 5 feature films going into production. The Labs attracted the involvement of some of the most interesting talent in recent years, such as film makers Andrea Arnold and Gabriel Range, documentarist Sean MacAllister, director Rupert Wyatt, playwright Gurpreet Batti and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy.

Corinne’s production, script editing and casting experience spans pop promos (Julien Temple), over 200 hours of mainstream television series (Ruth Rendell; Chandler and Co) and mini series (Nick Evans, Ron Hutchinson); British indie features (Chris Petit) and America epics (Steven Spielberg).

Corporate posts have included Head of Development at TVS; Script and Production Executive for Skreba Films; Development producer at Parallax; Script Editor/Associate Producer at Boyds Co; and work for American companies Amblin, Marstar, and Brooksfilms.

Corinne is part of a show business family, her father being legendary pioneer of BBC drama Rudolph Cartier (Quatermass, 1984) and her mother, doyenne casting director Maggie Cartier (Elephant Man, Amadeus); Corinne is a graduate of Bristol University Drama Department, Godolphin & Latymer School, and the Lycee Francais de Londres.

Her recent external roles include External Examiner for Feature Film Screenwriting MA at Royal Holloway College, University of London; guest member of Lagardere Jury development award for Animation (Paris); participating speaker/advisor in Channel 4’s 4Talent programme for selected school-age children.

Dominic Power Head of Screen Arts

Dominic Power is a graduate of London University with a wide experience of teaching in many areas of film studies. He also writes for stage, radio and television and has contributed articles on film composers to the International Dictionary of Films and Film-Makers.

As well as teaching at the NFTS, he lectures on Film History for the MA Course at the School of 3D Design, Kingston University and is a guest lecturer on Kingston University’s MA in Composing for Film and Television. He has been a visiting tutor at the Cambridge University Moving Image Studio and the Cambridge University, Faculty of Music. He is an associate director and text editor of the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory theatre company.

Work for stage includes: Tales of the Undead (stage play produced 1989/90); Measure for Measure (an adaptation of the Shakespeare play, produced 1992 and 2002); the libretto for Peter Wiegold’s opera Brief Encounter (National Opera Studio 2004); for television: Buffalo Bill (BBC Time Watch documentary, BBC2, 1993); for radio, Riddley Walker (adaptation, Radio 3 and Radio 4 1996/97); Paradise Radio (original play, Radio 4, 1997); Joseph Andrews (a four part adaptation Radio 4, 1999); The Fish (adaptation, Radio 4, 2000); The History Man (a six part adaptation, Radio 4, 2002) and Northanger Abbey (a three part adaptation, Radio 4, 2005), The Carhullan Army (radio dramatisation of the novel by Sarah Hall written in collaboration with the author, Radio 3, 2010

Recent work includes Nothing But Blue Skies, an original short story broadcast on Radio 4 and published in PORT Magagzine. An original play, written with Sarah Hall has been commissioned for broadcast on Radio 3 in 2013. Dominic is co-editor of the journal The New Soundtrack published by Edinburgh University Press.

Bex Hopkins Head of Production Management for Film & TV

Having started out as a runner in 1999, Bex then worked as assistant producer on a variety of television programmes including cookery shows, documentaries, sport and outside broadcast productions. She moved her way up the production ladder on commercials and award winning short films to production manager and producer. Her credits include the Turner Classic Movie winner and BAFTA nominated Nits, TCM Specially Commended film Cross My Heart, BAFTA nominated short film Lucky and feature film Mad, Sad & Bad which premiered at EIFF 2009. Bex became the Production Management course tutor in January 2010 and Head of Production Management in September 2013.

Fraser Barber Head of Sound Recording

Fraser Barber, has 45 credits  on popular TV programmes such as Silent Witness, The Tunnel, Full Circle With Michael Palin, Black Mirror, and Little Dorrit. Fraser has been BAFTA nominated for his work.