The National Film and Television School (NFTS) announces that Oscar and multi-BAFTA nominated writer, producer and director, Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later) has been appointed as the School’s first Associate Director.

Alex is best known for his novel, The Beach and his Oscar nominated screenplay for Ex Machina, which he also directed and which won an Oscar for ‘Best Visual Effects’. He has written screenplays for films including 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go and is directing and writing the forthcoming thriller, Annihilation, which stars Natalie Portman.

Still from Ex Machina

In his role as Associate Director, Alex will play a key role as a creative figurehead for the School, supporting the Director both internally with key creative decisions and externally in inspiring students. He will serve a term of two years. Key responsibilities will include:

·         To act as a role model and creative figurehead for the NFTS student body

·         To contribute to student learning through masterclasses and special events

·         To act as an ambassador for the School to promote its achievements and to enhance its profile both nationally and internationally

Still from Never Let Me Go

Alex Garland says: “It’s a great honour to be appointed as the National Film and Television School’s first Associate Director. I am a huge fan of the School, its achievements and unique focus on practical, career focussed learning across the widest available spectrum of film, TV and games disciplines. I look forward to being a part of the NFTS and working with the next generation of talent.”

Still from Annihilation

Jon Wardle, NFTS Director says: “Since my appointment as NFTS director in August 2017, I’ve focussed on creating the best possible environment at the School to enable our film, television and games students to thrive and fulfil their potential. Adding to this, I think it’s important that the School has eminent creative people at its helm in prominent leadership positions, which is why I and the Board developed the idea of appointing Associate Directors. Alex is our first appointment of two and we are thrilled that he has accepted and will start in January 2018. He is an excellent fit for the role thanks to his commitment to and achievement within the film, television and games industries.”

Contact for further information:

Vicky Hewlett, Head of PR and Communications, NFTS: