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

Robert Bradbrook Head of Animation

I started my professional career as a cartographer whilst making slide shows and cine films in my spare time. In 1991 I returned to college to develop my hobby and took an MA in Electronic Arts and Graphics at Coventry University. Here I created my first computer animation The Sleeper

In 1993 I was awarded an Arts Council of England Animate! grant to make End of Restriction, a 5-minute film created on an early home computer that enters the claustrophobic world of a teenager boy living in an English village.

I completed Home Road Movies in 2001 for Channel 4. The film tells the true story of my father and our family car. The film went on to be nominated for a BAFTA and won some of the most prestigious awards in animation including the Cartoon d'Or in 2004. 

My latest film Dead Air, which deals with the unstoppable nature of ‘change’ in our communities and was premiered at the 2014 London Film Festival.  

I have also collaborated with many other film makers including Yousaf Ali Khan on his Bafta nominated live action short Talking with Angels and I am in script development on his latest feature film, The Journey set in Afghanistan. 

Between personal films I run my own company and provide animation for film, television and new media. Most recently I have produced animated scenes, title sequences and visual effects for the feature films, Peter - A Study for a Portrait of a Serial Killer and Karl Golden’s Weekender and the new Tony Benn feature documentary - Will and Testament.

As well as being Head of Animation at the NFTS, I give storytelling workshops to colleges around the world and production companies including Aardman.

Stuart Harris Co-Head of Cinematography

Stuart Harris began his career at Elstree Studios. He worked on many productions before working on films including Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, Ken Russell’s The Boyfriend and Peter Hall’s Three Into Two Won’t Go. He became an award winning cinematographer photographing David Hare’s Wetherby which won him the coveted Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Stuart then went on to win many awards for his creative work on commercials and music videos throughout the world. He is particularly proud of his work with the late legendary Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd.

Oliver Stapleton Co-Head of Cinematography

 

John Keane Acting Head of Composing

BAFTA-nominated Composer (and NFTS graduate) whose credits include Hornblower, Mansfield Park, Tara Road, Inspector George Gently, Hideous Kinky.

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 Co-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.

Peter Dale Co-Head of Documentary

Peter started as a television film editor and directed his first documentary for BBC One in 1980. He went on to produce and direct documentaries at the BBC for the next 18 years. In 1998 he went to Channel 4 to become Head of Documentaries where he took the opportunity to commission a good number of NFTS graduates, including Kim Longinotto, Nick Broomfield and Molly Dineen. In 2005 he conceived and launched More4, Channel 4’s third digital channel. And in September 2008 set up his own independent production company, Rare Day, dedicated to producing quality documentary and drama for broadcasters and other distributors.

Richard Cox Head of Editing

Richard is a BAFTA Award-winning Fiction and Documentary editor. His credits include Happy Valley, Dr. Foster, Dr Who, Last Tango in Halifax, Hotel and The Club.

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

Brian Ward Head of Screenwriting

Born in Glasgow, Brian studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art, then writing and directing at the NFTS, and between 1984 and ‘94 directed more than 60 music videos for artists as diverse as Sade, AC/DC, Art Garfunkel, The Alarm and The Pretenders

With many years’ experience as a screenwriter in film and TV, his credits include: The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, directed by the late Sydney Pollack; Death Defying Acts, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce and Saoirse Ronan; Tabloid, starring Matthew Rhys, John Hurt, David Soul and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; and the award-winning Shoebox Zoo, a CGI/live-action BBC TV series starring Peter Mullan, Jason Connery and the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Simon Callow, Siobhan Redmond & Rik Mayall.

His recent screenplays include: Comrades in Arms, a Vietnam-set action thriller; Red, White & Blue, the epic story of a Native American prodigal son; Christmas Lights, an animated musical; Little Lucky, a modern fairytale; Angel of Leningrad, a metaphysical thriller; and a live-action/CGI TV series, Kingdom of the Wolves.

He’s just completed a rewrite on My Camino, a Canadian/Spanish co-pro based on Sue Kenney’s best-seller, is adapting A Kind of Eden by Amanda Smyth, and writing TV pilot Playing With Fire. He’s in development with King of Diamonds, a family saga about the diamond business in 1960’s London, written with longtime collaborator Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia, Defense of the Realm) for Daybreak producers David Aukin and Hal Vogel and Ingenious Finance.

Brian himself is attached to direct Indian Summer, from his own script, starring Sean Bean, Ashley Jensen and Chaske Spencer, which shoots in Scotland in 2015. He is Executive Producer on Beating the Drum, in development with BBC Films and Creative Scotland, is currently writing 9 Lives, a psychological thriller, and developing Rewind, a thriller set at the Cannes Film Festival.

Senior visiting tutor at the NFTS since 2005, he has also a taught at the London International and Met Film Schools, the Polish National Film School, the Netherlands Film Academy, the Univsitat Ramon Llul in Barcelona and the German Film & Television Academy in Berlin. In addition, he has been a mentor on the Passion to Market and ScripTeast pan-European script development programmes.

Sandra Hebron Head of Screen Arts

Sandra Hebron has worked in independent film since the late 1980s, with roles in funding, production, theatrical exhibition and festivals, Key roles include those of Cinemas Director at Manchester Cornerhouse (1991-1997), and Head of Festivals at the British Film Institute/Artistic Director of the London Film Festival (2003-2011). She has also programmed and worked in an advisory capacity for a range of other UK and international festivals, including the Rome International Film Festival (2012-2014). She is currently providing programming and development advice to emerging festivals in China.

Her other work includes writing and broadcasting about  films and the wider culture for a range of outlets, including BBC radio (The Film Programme, Nightwaves, Front Row) and Sight & Sound. She hosts industry debates, masterclasses and Q&As with contemporary British and international filmmakers for organisations such as BAFTA, The British Council, Curzon Cinemas, Picturehouse Cinemas and Everyman. She has been a guest lecturer at The London Film School, the Met Film School, Oxford Brookes University and Birmingham City University, and delivered papers and keynote speeches for agencies including Europa Cinema, Creative Skillset and the International Film Festival Forum.

She has been an advisory board member for several film and cultural organisations including Lux Artists Moving Image, where she was Chair between 2003-2007 . She is an industry mentor with Guiding Lights, and a qualified counsellor. She has served on international film festival juries in San Sebastian, Istanbul and Nashville, as well as juries for BAFTA, BIFA and Rushes Short Film Festival. She has honorary doctorates from Edge Hill University and Oxford Brookes University, was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et de Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2010, and in 2012 was the recipient of the British Independent Film Awards Special Jury Prize for services to independent cinema.

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.

Simon Clark Head of Sound Recording

Simon Clark is a BAFTA-winning and RTS-nominated Sound Recordist whose impressive work in over 25 years in the field includes credits on Wolf Hall, Mr. Selfridge, Secret State, Line of Duty, Skins, and Waking The Dead.