Creative Industry Leaders praise innovative new entrepreneurial producing course

Big Talk Productions, Wall to Wall Television, Curtis Brown, Blitz Games Studios, Atlantic Records among guest speakers

Described by Screen International magazine as ‘one of Europe’s most innovative courses,’ after just one term students and Creative Industry leaders have heaped praise on the NFTS’ new Entrepreneurial Producing for the Creative Industries (EPCRI) diploma.

Speaking after delivering a guest talk to the EPCRI participants, Alex Graham, founder of Wall to Wall TV – now part of Shed Media - said: “When I was starting out there was little business support out there and what was there was frankly uninspiring. What I would have given to be able to participate in a course like this!”

He added: “I have rarely come across a more engaged and motivated group of students. The most exciting thing about the course is the bringing together of budding entrepreneurs from different disciplines with different approaches to R&D and production; different business models; different relationships with the ultimate consumer and different regimes of intellectual property and rights ownership… I have long argued that if we could only underpin the creativity, for which this country is famous, to sound business skills (and support from the capital markets – though that is a different question!) then we could achieve so much more.”

And the 15 students selected to join the inaugural course say it has changed the way they think about building a business in the multi-platform creative industries.

“Every tutor and speaker has been brilliant – you can’t get this level of teaching anywhere else,” says Hannibal Morris. “If you are lucky enough to get on this course, you’ll look back and think: ‘what the hell was I doing before this?’”

“Now that we’ve finished the first term, I’ve never been more hungry to do anything in my life - I love it!” says Gemma Deerfield.

You can watch interviews with the participants and EPCRI course leader Chris Auty here

The unique 10-month business course for media entrepreneurs is taught both at the NFTS and in central London. It provides participants with the opportunity to acquire a detailed overview of commercial practice in seven key media areas; to meet leading media industry executives and investors and to build, test and launch their own business proposal.

The course has been endorsed by Lord Puttnam and Richard Branson and is supported by Ingenious Media with leading law firm Lee & Thompson and accountancy firm Saffery Champness.

Speakers have so far included senior ranking media figures as Matthew Justice (Managing Director, Big Talk Productions), Jonny Geller (Joint CEO, Curtis Brown), Julius Green (Senior Producer, Bill Kenwright Ltd), Andrew Oliver (CTO, Blitz Games Studios), Jamie Byng (MD, Canongate Books), Michael Comish (CEO, Blinkbox/Tesco Digital) and Charlie Redmayne (CEO, Pottermore).

Andrew Oliver said: “The NFTS attracts the brightest and most proactive people and they teach the skills that the creative industries really need. The Entrepreneurship and Producing for the Creative Industries Course, is the perfect example of this.”

The current participants are now developing business plans to be presented to a panel of Creative Industry leaders and potential investors ranging from VC Funds to private investors, in November. The aim is to give them the opportunity to match their ambitions with capital.

Chris Auty said: “I’ve been delighted with the quality of both the course's participants and the guest speakers that have kindly delivered seminars. In the first term alone we’ve had over 70 speakers of the highest quality from all of the creative sectors, including: record label CEOs; some of the country’s top media lawyers; leading figures from television; heads of games studios; and disruptive online startups. The participants are hard-working, smart, diverse and incredibly driven, and I hope that in the next two terms we’ll be able to help them shape world-beating business proposals for investment at the end of the course. "I’m thrilled to be running the course for a second year – looking across all of the creative sectors has been exciting, challenging and has opened up numerous opportunities for our participants, and we hope to offer even more next year.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to sign up for the next EPCRI course starting in January 2014. Apply before the June 6th 2013 deadline - check the website for final date. Scholarships and bursaries are available. 

BAFTA Craft Awards proves golden night for NFTS Alumni.

'The Fear' and 'The Hollow Crown: Richard II' scoop awards

Alumnus Gavin Finney, BSC has won his first BAFTA for Best Photography/Lighting (Fiction) for The Fear. Finney who is a member of the prestigious British Society of Cinematographers has previously been nominated for his work on Going Postal and Hogfather.

Gavin beat fellow NFTS graduate Balazs Bolygo for his work on Hunted while The Fear also won the BAFTA for Best Editing (Fiction) defeating NFTS Alumni Úna Ní Dhonghaíle who was nominated for her work on the ITV Drama Ripper Street.

NFTS Sound alumnus Adrian Rhodes won the BAFTA for Best Sound (Fiction) for The Hollow Crown: Richard II. This the first BAFTA for Rhodes, being previously nominated for Best Sound for his work on the Oscar-nominated film The Full Monty. Rhodes who has a close association with the School, and who has taught here in the past, beat out fellow NFTS graduate Stuart Hilliker who was nominated for Best Sound (Fiction) Accused – Mo & Sue’s Story.

To follow in their footsteps, don’t miss the May 9th deadline to apply for these two popular courses. Scholarships and bursaries are available.

The awards for Acting and Best Television Drama and Comedy will be presented at the BAFTA Television Awards on the 12th May 2013. As normal the NFTS has graduate involvement in a huge amount of the nominees including Game of Thrones, The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Ripper Street, The Hollow Crown: Richard II, The Girl and Call The Midwife, so watch this space!

Picture: Gavin Finney with his BAFTA award, presented to him by Hugh Quarshie (courtesy of BAFTA/Richard Kendal).

NFTS graduates and tutors invade Cannes Film Festival in 5 of the sections

NFTS is the only UK film school with a film in Cinéfondation

The NFTS is the only UK film school with a film in Cinéfondation and its graduates and tutors have films in five sections of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

The 2013 short animated student film The Magnificent Lion Boy (pictured above) - directed by Ana Caro and produced by James Cotton with characters voiced by the actors Andy Serkis and Hugh Bonneville - has been selected for the Cinéfondation section.

Two of our 2010 graduates have first feature films selected and there are 3 films in Directors' Fortnight. 2010 graduate Paul Wright who won a Best Short Film BAFTA for his NFTS film Until the River Runs Red has his first feature film For Those in Peril selected for Critics Week and 2010 graduate Anthony Chen’s film Ilo Ilo, which follows a family coping with the fallout of financial crisis, will be shown in Director's Fortnight (La Quinzaine). Their films also include NFTS graduate crews. Clio Barnard who graduated from the NFTS’ advanced course has her film The Selfish Giant selected for Directors’ Fortnight as well as Lynne Ramsay whose BAFTA winning film Swimmer is in the Directors' Fortnight short film section. Lynne Ramsay is also on the Cannes Film Festival Jury that will chose the winner of the coverted Palme d'Or.

NFTS Director Nik Powell said: “We are very proud to be the only UK film school at Cinéfondation this year – congratulations to the whole student film crew. It is also unprecedented to have two graduates from the same year (2010) with first feature films at Cannes at the same time. They are both stunning film-makers who deserve their place at the world’s most prestigious film festival.”

In addition, NFTS Visiting Fellow Director Stephen Frears' film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is in the Official Selection out of Competition. In the Un Certain Regard section is the film Omar, directed by Hany Abu-Assad and edited by NFTS Deputy Head of Editing Martin Brinkler


For Those in Peril - Writer/Director Paul Wright; Producer Polly Stokes; DoP Benjamin Kracun; Editor Michael Aaglund; Additional Sound Effects Recordist Dario Swade (Critics’ Week); Ilo Ilo  Director Anthony Chen; DoP Benoit Soler (Directors’ Fortnight); Last Days on Mars  - Editor Peter Lambert; Art Director Steve Lawrence (Directors’ Fortnight); The Magnificent Lion Boy (NFTS) - Director Ana Caro; Producer James Cotton;  Writer Jonathan Carr; DoP Alfie Biddle; Production Designer Natasha Mackey; Editor Paulo Pandolpho; Production Manager Natalie Langowski; Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ania Przygoda; VFX Supervisor/Online Editor/Grade Jason Evans; Composer Sarah Warne; CGI Pre-visualisation James Miller Jack Whinnett (Cinefondation); Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight  - Writer Shawn Slovo (Special Screening); The Selfish Giant  - Writer/Director Clio Barnard; Editor Nick Fenton; Rerecording Mixer Martin Jensen; Development Editor Jamie Wolpert (Directors’ Fortnight); Swimmer - Writer/Director Lynne Ramsay; DoP Natasha Braier; Production Designers Jane Morton Kiera Tudway; Art Director Kristine Maj De Neergaard; Production Assistant Emily Morgan; Sound Designer Paul Davies

Last year, Cinematography alumnus Charlotte Bruus Christensen won the Prix Vulcain for Best Technical Achievement for Jagten (The Hunt), directed by Thomas Vinterberg. NFTS recent graduate Ilian Metev won the France 4 Visionary Award in Director’s Fortnight for his film Sophia’s last Ambulance.

Four NFTS graduates won the Firefox Flicks Competition at the 65th Cannes film Festival. Andrew Alderslade, Sean O’Riordan and Remy Bazerque collected the Panavision Prize – voted for by a jury for their commercial Paranoid.

Don't miss the May 9th deadline for our 2 year MA course in Directing Fiction, Cinematography, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, Composing, Sound Design and Directing Documentary.

NFTS Students Sweep the Board at the Kodak NAHEMI Student Commercial Awards

Students scoop overall best commercial and 10 other awards

NFTS students swept the board at the Kodak NAHEMI Student Commercial awards beating off stiff competition from other colleges.

Maurice Caldera won the Ripper Street Best in Brief award as well as the Overall Best Commercial for CCTV described by judges as “original, memorable and really hit the brief."

Samurai, directed by Ana Caro, Claire Winter & Lilian Fu was selected as the third Best Overall Commercial and Babyliss Best in Brief.

For the Craft awards, Best Cinematography was awarded to Eliot Haigh for Ripper Street, Unsafe, which was commended for the, “really strong and atmospheric cinematography in both lighting and camera movement.”

The Best Directing award went to Lewis Arnold for Koppaberg, It – described by judges as “beautifully made.”

Best Script was awarded to Louis Paxton for Koppaberg, A Penguin Walks into a Bar described as, “funny and bizarre, memorable and surreal, with some really original creative thinking."

The awards were presented by Dougal Wilson - rated the top UK commercials director of 2012 in Campaign Magazine, his recent, and much loved, work includes: 3 Mobile “Moonwalking Pony”, John Lewis “Snowman” and “The Long Wait” Christmas commercials and Lurpak “Rainbow”.

The other NFTS winners were:

For the Ripper Street Brief:

Second Best in Brief - Halloween, directed by Ben Goodger, which was described by the judges as, "a commercial that mixed the past and present effectively, and looked really good."

Third Best in Brief - Unsafe, directed by Joasia Goldyn, which the judging panel of industry members including ad agencies considered, "extremely well executed."

For the Koppaberg Cider brief:

Second best in brief - A Penguin Walks into a Bar, directed by Louis Paxton which was described as, "an oblique and charming take on the brief that showed wonderful storytelling and comic timing."

Third best in brief - Reindeer Milk, directed by Michele Chiappa, which the judges said was, "a commercial that hit the brief both with its Swedish dimension and the idea of starting something new."

NFTS Doc hits headlines after broadcast on Danish TV

'No Man's Land' praised by Press, pressure groups and politicians

An NFTS documentary has been praised by human rights pressure groups, politicians and the Press for shining a light on the lives of teenage asylum-seeking boys in an immigration centre, after it was broadcast on national TV in Denmark.

The film, No Man’s Land, Directed by 2013 graduate Michael Graversen, is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that shows the emotional impact of immigration policies on ‘unaccompanied minor asylum seeking’ boys awaiting notice of their right to remain in Denmark. Some are as young as nine-years-old and have left family and friends behind; many of them wait for several years in this ‘no man’s land’ before being informed that their cases are not successful.

The film, which was recently broadcast on national TV station (DR2) in Denmark and is due to be shown again in June, has been applauded by human rights groups and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s).

Anders Ladekarl the General Secretary of the Red Cross – the largest NGO in Denmark - called it, “a moving and important documentary.”

Unicef has recommended that their members see the film saying it is “…a REALLY good and relevant half an hour of television…Michael Graversen has created a touching portrait of the traumas, thoughts and worries a number of unaccompanied refugee children take with them to an asylum centre. We have been so lucky to see the film upfront and give it our warmest recommendations!”

After the screening Amnesty International has issued an official statement saying that the film, “…gives a good and thought provoking image of the unaccompanied minor’s everyday life at a Danish asylum centre. By portraying some the children’s mental issues is focuses on one of the core questions that is: Can the young boys and girls get a meaningful life, when they for so long live with uncertainty about their case?”

And Save The Children also applauded the film officially stating that: “The documentary gives a unique image of what years of waiting can do to one of the most exposed groups of children In Denmark: the unaccompanied refugee children. The films brutally honest portrait of the children’s frustration, anger and grief is a strong testament and an important contribution to the debate about the children’s situation.”

The documentary has also received widespread attention in the Danish media. National radio and TV channels covered the film’s broadcast and Michael has made several TV and radio appearances speaking about the film and the issue of unaccompanied minors. The national newspaper Information dedicated a whole page to the issue and the difficult process of making the film with the headline “A portrait of emptiness.”

The film has also created ripples in political circles. The Leader of the Danish political party Enhedslisten is considering taking action as a result of seeing the film and raising questions on the issue to the Minister of Justice. The Danish government’s Division of Family Affairs and the Danish Refugee Youth Council are screening the film at special events for all their employees. And Døgnvagten in Copenhagen has asked for copies of the film to distribute internally.

The film was sent to all the members of the Danish Parliament before the screening and has also been picked up by the Salaam DK scheme that will be showing the film to students during a tour of schools in the Autumn.

“I am happy that the film touches people’s hearts and casts a light on the young boys and girls travelling alone to Europe and Denmark to seek asylum. The film puts a human face on the sometimes distant and theoretical rhetoric that’s being used in public when dealing with these immigration issues. Most importantly it means a great deal to the kids to be seen and heard,” says Michael Graversen.

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Agents Snap Up NFTS Talent

More graduates signed to agents in 2013 than ever before

The NFTS has a track record of producing some of the most talented film-makers and the majority of our MA graduates sign with agents on graduation.

However, this year has surpassed previous records. Just two months after attending their graduation ceremonies, 7 out of 8 of students on the Directing Fiction MA course led by Lynda Myles have signed to agents, 7 out of 11 students on Corinne Cartier’s Screenwriting MA course have signed and one of our four Composing graduates has been snapped up.

The agents they’ve signed with are: Curtis Brown, Independent Talent (ITG), United Agency, United Talent (UTA), The Agency, Knight Hall and Mark Casarotto.

Mark Casarotto signed 2010 graduate Director Paul Wright whose graduation film Until The River Runs Red won a BAFTA and has his first feature For Those in Peril  in Critics Week at Cannes 2013.  Mark said:"The quality of teaching and the students'work at the NFTS is so high that my interest is automatically piqued as soon as I hear they've graduated from this school."

Marnie Podos from United Agents, which has signed screenwriting graduates, said:"It's tricky to unearth great new writing talent in the UK market where strong spec scripts are rare. I've been impressed, however, with the quality and spectrum of work I've read from NFTS graduates."

"We're thrilled to work with the diverse array of very talented directors the NFTS produces and look forward to supporting their careers as they develop in the UK film and television industry," said Sam Greenwood from Curtis Brown. 

NFTS Director Nik Powell said: “The NFTS is clearly becoming the industry’s ‘go-to’ school for new talent. To get almost all of our graduates signed so quickly is testament to the high quality teaching that the school offers and the incredible work that our students produce. Congratulations everyone.”

Don't miss the chance to apply for these and other courses with May 9th deadlines.

The NFTS offers generous scholarships and bursaries so don't let the fees hold back your talent

Picture: Our Directing Fiction graduates at the NFTS Show 2013. Taken by Roy Morris.

The Magnificent Lion Boy Roars into Cannes

NFTS film premieres in the Cinéfondation Selection at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

The Magnificent Lion Boy has been selected for the Cinéfondation category of films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2013– the only UK film in this category.

Directed by Ana Caro and Produced by James Cotton, the animated film includes characters voiced by Lord of the Rings actor/director Andy Serkis and Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville.

It is one of only 18 films that have been selected this year, out of 1550 entries that were submitted by 277 film schools from all over the world and is the only one from the UK. The festival runs from May 15 – 26th.

NFTS Director Nik Powell said: “This is an incredible achievement and the school is justly proud of its students. To have been selected out of thousands including non-film school entries is testament to the high caliber of film-making and story telling we have at the NFTS. The charcoal drawing technique is unusual, but at the NFTS we allow students the creative space to produce the films they feel passionately about in the style that they believe will tell the story in the most convincing way.”

The Magnificent Lion Boy is a 2D hand-drawn charcoal animation, a process in which animation director Ana Caro painstakingly drew each picture with charcoal and animated each shot on paper before rubbing out part of the drawing and re-drawing to create a sense of movement, with 12 drawings per second. While a somewhat laborious process, with Ana drawing over 7000 images during production, this low-tech style of animation creates beautifully fluid images that add to the flow of the story.

The film’s Producer James Cotton said: "We are honoured to be included within the most renowned film festival in the world, and delighted that our film has been recognised for both its originality in technique and boldness of storytelling. It'll be fantastic to fly the flag for the NFTS and the whole of the UK in the Cinéfondation strand."

Actor Hugh Bonneville, who provided the voice of Leonard Orlov in the film said: "I'm delighted to be part of The Magnificent Lion Boy. It's a beautifully crafted animation, which I think marks out Ana Caro as a creative artist and film maker of real talent. It's wonderful news that the film has been selected for the Cinéfondation section of Cannes 2013."

The film tells the story of a British Anthropologist Leonard Orlov who discovers a feral child in Africa living a primitive existence, who is thought to have been raised by lions. Horrified, he brings the creature back to Victorian London, intent on civilizing the child.

This is the second year in succession that an NFTS film has been selected for Cannes. Last year (2012) Head Over Heels was selected and went on to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Film Cast:
Hugh Bonneville - Leonard Orlov

Andy Serkis - Umberto Farini

Yahsaint Benjamin Kowouvi - Lion Boy.

Film Crew:
 Director - Ana Caro; 
Producer - James Cotton;
Writer - Jonathan Carr;
 Cinematographer – Alfie Biddle; Production Designer – Natasha Mackey; Editor - Paulo Pandolpho;
Sound Designer & Dubbing Mixer - Ania Przygoda;
Composer - Sarah Warne; VFX Supervisor, Online Editor & Colour Grader – Jason Evans; CGI Pre-visualisation – James Miller, Jack Whinnett, Production Manager – Natalie Langowski

Channel 5 to broadcast student production as part of landmark talent-nurturing scheme

'SEXTS' doc summer air date

Channel 5 is the first broadcaster to commission and broadcast a student TV project from the National Film & Television School’s TV Entertainment department to give talented students a great start in the television industry.

Channel 5 has now confirmed that the programme will broadcast in summer 2013. Sexts (working title) will be a light hearted documentary looking at sexting - the act of sending sexually explicit messages and photographs by mobile phone.

Featuring case studies from all walks of life and all ages, Sexts examines how technology has changed the way we flirt, sexually interact and sometimes cheat …

Sexts has been developed and made by current and recent NFTS TV Entertainment graduates and is being executive produced by David G. Croft, Head of Television at the school. The programme is being made on site using NFTS production facilities.

David G Croft, Head of Television NFTS said “This is a fantastic opportunity for these TV students to experience the demands of professional programme making. It is also a testament to TV department here at the NFTS that Channel 5 is prepared to invest so seriously in talented young people."

Ben Frow, Director of Programmes Channel 5, said “It’s crucial to support and nurture new talent in the TV industry. Through our relationship with the NFTS Channel 5 and this programme commission Channel 5 is doing just that”

"Don’t pull punches", says Eran Creevy

‘Shifty’ & ‘Welcome To The Punch’ Director thrills students with action movie talk

Welcome to the Punch director Eran Creevy gave an exclusive Q&A talk at a screening of his latest film.

Eran, whose debut feature urban drama Shifty was nominated for a BAFTA, 5 BIFAs and named as one of Empire magazine's best films of the year, was in conversation with Director Corin Hardy.

His recently released Welcome to the Punch stars James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough and was Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.

A distinct change in direction from his earlier film Shifty, it has been described by critics as ‘…a pulse-pounding and beautiful looking British crime film,’ ‘a British bullet ballet…that delivers action mayhem and elegantly shot gunplay.’

A fan of Michael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies)and vintage John Woo’s Hong Kong action movies, Eran said the look of the film was as important as the action to him. The film features stunning cinematography by Ed Wild who used blue filters to give the cool London locations a sense of steely style and grace. Wild also shot a Biffy Clyro music video for Corin Hardy.

Eran impressed students, including teenagers from the BFI Film Academy course in the audience, with his candid response to questions. He admitted that he’d been nervous when making the film, his first action movie, and about the need to develop a rapport with your actors.

“It’s really important to understand your actors so that you can draw out the best performance from them. With James it was humour,” said Eran.

Corin Hardy said after the talk: “Eran impressed the students with his honesty and tapped into their hunger for knowledge.” 

This was the closing event of the BFI Film Academy which had opened with a masterclass by Director Edgar Wright. 

BFI Film Academy Premiere

Industry praises high quality of student films

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Working Title's Eric Fellner and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason director Beeban Kidron were among the industry guests who praised the quality of films made by teenagers as part of the BFI Film Academy, delivered by the NFTS.

Six films were screened at the BFI, on Friday (April 12) at the premiere hosted by BFI Chair Greg Dyke and BFI Director Amanda Nevill.

The 54 participants aged 16-19 were selected from across the country to take part in the two-week residential Film Academy aimed at hot-housing young film-making talent. They were given the daunting task of making short films from scratch with just two days to shoot and two days to edit using scripts written by NFTS screenwriting students.

Working in six teams of nine, they developed the scripts for screen, auditioned actors, set up budgets and film schedules, recce’d locations and directed, produced, filmed and edited the short films in time for them to be screened at the BFI in front of an audience of film industry VIPs.

BFI Chair Greg Dyke, who hosted the event and presented each student with their graduation certificate said: “We knew there was extraordinary young film talent in the UK but even we have been staggered by the standard of filmmaking at the BFI Film Academy. Supporting the talent of tomorrow is fundamental to the future success and growth of the UK Film Industry.”

Amanda Nevill said: "These films show the remarkable home-grown talent that exists in this country. It is also testament to the high quality of tutoring they¹ve received at the NFTS."

During the Film Academy, the students were guided by NFTS tutors such as cinematographer Brian Tufano (Billy Elliot, Trainspotting) and leading UK film-makers including Brian Ward, Brian Gilbert, Ian Knox, Michelle Eastwood, Corin Hardy, Robbie McKillop and Lee Thomas.

They received exclusive master classes with Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) who made his first films at the age of 13; Director Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch); Spirit of 45 Producer Rebecca O’Brien; Production Designer Max Berman (Tinker, Tailor, Game of Thrones) and Composer Nathan Johnson (Brick, Looper).

Talks were also given by NFTS Director Nik Powell, First Light, Encounters Film Festival and the BFI and tours to Pinewood Studios and the National Gallery. The BFI Film Academy is the result of a unique partnership with the Department for Education in England, which has provided £3m funding for the programme over 3 years, and forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds across the UK over the next five years.

Addressing an audience of students, parents and industry professional, NFTS Director Nik Powell said: "It's inspiring to see the hunger for knowledge among these young film-makers. We hope the skills we've given them at the NFTS will provide the confidence and the launch pad they need to fulsil their ambitions."

To watch a behind the scenes film about the BFI Film Academy, click on the play button below, or view it in our screening room here:

The 6 short films from the BFI Film Academy are:

CHA, CHA, CHA - When a world-weary wife decides to disappear on a spiritual retreat in India, her whole relationship with her husband is called into question, with comic and tragic results.

BEEN A RIOT - Locked in a basement during the summer riots of 2012, a WPC and the young tearaway she’s arrested have to learn trust each other and find a common bond.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL - An irritated homeowner, frustrated by the grieving mother whose son was killed in a car accident right outside his house, manages to find the sympathy and fellow feeling which helps her to move on.

TEACH ME - A city banker turned social worker has to starkly face his own anger, frustration and feelings of violence when he’s provoked by an aggressive and manipulative teenager.

MAN OF THE HOUSE - After a traumatic burglary, a mother and grown-up daughter find reconciliation and understanding through shared memories of the now departed ‘man of the house’.

VOICES IN THE ATTIC - A grieving mother is helped to come to terms with the tragic death of her child by a mysterious stranger.

Picture: Edgar Wright and Corin Hardy with BFI Film Academy students at the NFTS.