Top film and television people teach at the School - Stephen Frears (Florence Foster Jenkins), Oliver Stapleton (My Beautiful Launderette), David G. Croft (Shooting Stars, Crystal Maze), and Richard Cox (Happy Valley) to name but four. For more information about our Heads of Department please see below:

Heads of Department

Alex Garland Associate Director

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. 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.

Robert Bradbrook Head of Animation

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

In 1993 he 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.

He completed Home Road Movies in 2001 for Channel 4 and the Arts Council of England National Lottery. The film tells the true story of his father and their family car and 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.

Robert’s latest film Dead Air, which explores the unstoppable nature of ‘change’ in our communities, was premiered at the 2014 London Film Festival and went on to be nominated for two BAA awards.

He has also collaboration with many other film makers including Yousaf Ali Khan on his Bafta nominated live action short Talking with Angels and is in script development with his latest feature film, The Journey set in Afghanistan.

Between personal films Robert runs his own company, and provides animation for film, television and new media. Most recently he has produce 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 the Head of Animation at the NFTS, he gives storytelling workshops to colleges, festivals around the world and production companies including Aardman.

Richard Lingard Course Leader - Assistant Directing & Floor Managing


Ian Stubbs Course Leader - Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing for Television Production

Ian Stubbs joined the BBC in 1974 as a Trainee Camera Assistant. Following three months at the BBC’s Engineering Training Centre at Wood Norton he moved to BBC Television Centre in west London and spent nine years learning and practicing the craft of TV Cameraman on shows as diverse as The Good Life, Question Time, Top of the Pops, Parkinson, The Morcambe and Wise Show, The Two Ronnies and I, Claudius.

In 1983 he joined BBC Television Presentation as an Assistant Producer making trailers for BBC One and BBC Two and directing the channels themselves as a Network Director. In 1985 he launched ‘in-vision’ presentation of CBBC (on BBC One) with Phillip Schofield in the ‘Broom Cupboard’, as Continuity suite 1 became known to millions of children.

In 1987 Ian joined Children’s TV where he directed several shows, again working with Phillip Schofield and other Children’s favourites of the time including The Chuckle Brothers. Returning to Presentation to produce holiday programming for children and daytime programmes for both BBC One and BBC Two, some of which he also directed and vision mixed live.

Returning to promotion making Ian won two awards for a trailer for a Radio Four called ‘Hearing is Believing’. (This was the first BBC promotion to be run in cinemas and was shot at Shepperton Studios on 35mm film.) He also ran several major launch campaigns for new schedules for channel controllers of BBC One and BBC Two.

Ian then moved on and became a ‘Presentation Editor’ responsible for running the BBC TV channels on a moment by moment basis. He was on duty the night that Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris and managed the BBC TV channels responses, including BBC World, as the nation awoke to the news.

Promoted to Managing Editor he managed the build and introduction of the Digital Transmission Area for the launch of BBC Choice (now BBC Three), BBC Knowledge (now BBC Four), CBBC and CBeebies using new multi-channel play out systems for the latter.

Following the launch of the BBC’s digital services in 1998 Ian was promoted to Head of Playout and led the Presentation teams through a two year change management programme and then into a new state-of-the-art Broadcast Centre at White City. More than 50 TV channels were moved over a period of 18 months.

As the facility developed Ian became Head of Operational Strategy and then Head of Technology Operations, finally leaving the organisation, which had become Red Bee Media by then, in July 2009 to take some time out and set up his own corporate video and training company.

Since then Ian has delivered many courses in Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Motion and Colour and is an Apple Certified Master Trainer. He has consulted for the BBC and he has shot and edited a number of corporate videos for companies large and small. He is delighted to have joined the NFTS in December 2012 to teach and guide students starting out on their media career in TV studios.

Oliver Stapleton Co-Head of Cinematography

Oliver is an early graduate of the NFTS, and went on to shoot with fellow graduates Julien Temple, Brian Ward and Sandy Johnson for legendary artists such as David Bowie and the Rolling Stones and was involved with The Great Rock and Roll Swindle and many other classic music films of the 1980’s.

Since 1985, he has photographed 8 films directed by Stephen Frears including My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and The Grifters (1990).  With Lasse Hallstrom he shot shot 5 films including The Cider House Rules (1999) and Shipping News (2001).  Currently Oliver is working regularly with USA Director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal 2009) and Michael Hoffman (Restoration 1995).  With over 50 Feature films to his credit, his films have received 13 Oscar nominations and 4 wins, as well as 8 Bafta Nominations and numerous other awards. Sadly none of those were for him, but as a Cinematographer he is proud to make images that have such powerful results. 

Oliver’s passion for teaching began 25 years ago with regular workshops at Camerimage, and more recently with the Sundance Institute.

He is delighted to be involved once again with the NFTS, without which he never would have been able to enter the British Film Industry.

Stuart Harris Co-Head of Cinematography / Course Leader - Directing Commercials

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.

John Keane Head of Composing

John Keane is a British BAFTA and BFI Award-winning film and television composer. He has been nominated for two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, for A Very British Coup in 1989 and Hornblower: The Even Chance in 1999.

John's many credits include the 1993 miniseries Tales of the City, the 1998 film Hideous Kinky and multiple instalments of Hornblower between 1998 and 2003.

His first television commission was for the highly acclaimed serial A Very British Coup for director Mick Jackson. The serial received a BAFTA Nomination for Best Music, Since then John has written the music for a host of high-profile television drama, including Tales From The City, Hearts and Minds, Kavanagh QC, Far From The Madding Crowd, Wives and Daughters, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, Anna Karenina, The Russian Bride, Gunpowder Treason & Plot, Mansfield Park, the Emmy Award-winning Hornblower and Heroes and Villains: "Shogun and Cortes"

John has written music for a number of award-winning documentary series, including Molly Dineen's BBC The Ark, winner of a BAFTA Award, and The House, about London's Royal Opera House. He has also written music for a number of feature films, including four films directed by Gilles McKinnon – Small Faces, Trojan Eddie, Hideous Kinky starring Kate Winslet, and Tara Road. His more recent works include Inspector George Gently and Case Histories.

Tim Wright Co-Course Leader - Creative Producing for Digital Platforms

Tim Wright is a digital writer and cross platform writer with more than 20 years’ experience of devising, developing and deploying cutting-edge interactive experiences.

For four years, he was a director of NoHo Digital, one of the UK’s most successful independent digital agencies of the 1990s where he was also lead writer on the team which won the first BAFTA ever awarded for interactive comedy. He went on to co-found XPT, the ground-breaking digital entertainment company, where he co-devised and scripted the world’s first webcam+email drama, the BAFTA-winning ‘Online Caroline’. Since 2006, Tim has continued to experiment with storytelling, interactivity and the web, winning awards and working on projects such as ‘In Search of Oldton’ and ‘The Telectroscope’. He’s also helped to develop major programmes, crossplatform campaigns, websites and digital strategies for big media & cultural organisations such as the BBC, CBBC, Channel 4, 4iP, The Science Museum, The RSC, Royal Opera House, Orange and Sony.

His most recent productions include a John Cage Centenary ‘MusicWalk’, BBC’s interactive drama-documentary ‘Footballers United’, and the Web StoryBox installation within the Information Age gallery at the Science Museum, featuring Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Josie Long.

Kim Plowright Co-Course Leader - Creative Producing for Digital Platforms

Kim Plowright produces and helps design interesting digital and cross-platform experiences. She has been working on projects where the internet, high culture, games and 'old' media fight like excitable kittens in a sack since 2000. She enjoys collaborative problem solving, and bridging the gaps between creative vision, user needs, experience design and technical implementation. As freelancer she's produced and project managed projects like D-Day: As It Happens and Pepys Road along with Alternate Reality games, big corporate website re-designs, small R&D projects and culture hack days.

Before this she was a Product Manager for and spent 8 years doing internet things around drama, comedy and product development at the BBC. She was once billed as the BBC’s Bagpuss expert, was briefly producer of Doctor Who before it was cool again, and she suspects she's one of the few people in the world who has converted a 20 year old corrupted Amiga word processing file in to an ebook, by hand. 9 Diploma – Creative Producing For Digital Platforms Course Handbook 2017 She has a BAFTA and an Emmy on her mantlepiece, next to a bronze statue of an orc riding a wolf she was awarded for playing World of Warcraft for an entire decade.

John Rowe Head of Digital Effects

With 30 years’ experience in film & TV production, post-production and education, from editing to visual effects and film & video production to software development, with a heavy bias towards training applications to post-producers worldwide. John has worked with a broad range of broadcasters (BBC, BskyB, ITV, Channel 4, MTV), most of the major film & TV post facilities and international equipment manufacturers. Since 2003, John and the DFX students have successfully delivered over 350 NFTS film & TV projects, including hundreds of festival and award-winners (including BAFTAs and Oscars).

Paul Reddish Course Leader - Directing & Producing Science & Natural History

Paul has been Producer and Director across a number of high profile natural history films and series including Attenborough in Paradise, The Future is Wild, Hummingbirds Jewelled Messengers, and many more.

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.

Dick Fontaine Co-Head of Documentary

Dick has directed over forty films for television and the independent media, has recently had retrospectives in New York, Paris, Barcelona and Sao Paulo and was nominated last year for a Grierson Award for his latest film.

Richard Cox Head of Editing

Richard Cox is an award winning film editor, who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He has edited dramas, documentaries, commercials and music videos in the UK, America, Ireland, France, and Germany, including award winning drama productions Happy Valley, written and directed by Sally Wainwright, Doctor Foster, Last Tango In Halifax, Doctor Who, Enid, starring Helena Bonham Carter, The Chatterley Affair, and Torchwood.

Richard was awarded with a Bafta for editing the controversial Cutting Edge film The Club for C4, and nominated for an RTS and Bafta for his work on the BBC1 documentary series Hotel.

His latest collaboration with the multi award-winning writer and director Sally Wainwright will be broadcast on BBC1.

Simon Broadley Course Leader - Factual Development and Production

Course leader Simon Broadley has worked in television more than 25 years, in both production and development. He is currently a Development Executive with STV Productions. Simon has been Head of Development or Development Producer at a wide variety of broadcasters and independents, including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Hotbed Media, September Films etc. Simon has devised and developed a wide range of factual, factual entertainment and entertainment series and specials (from crime series for Discovery Investigation to formatted factual for CBBC; popular art for the BBC to lifestyle shows for ITV) with a number of these licenced and produced internationally.

Brian Gilbert Co-Head of Fiction

Brian Gilbert worked as a professional actor until 1979, when he joined the National Film and Television School as a directing student. So well-received was his graduation film, The Devotee, that producer David Puttnam immediately commissioned him to write and direct a feature length film for the Channel 4 FIRST LOVE series. From there, he went on to direct The Frog Prince.

He has worked in both Hollywood and the UK, directing Vice Versa (1988) starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage, and Not Without My Daughter (1990) starring Sally Field and Alfred Molina. His 1996 film Tom & Viv starring Miranda Richardson, Willem Dafoe and Rosemary Harris was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress and won The National Board of Review awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Wilde, which starred Stephen Fry, Vanessa Redgrave and Jude Law was nominated for a Golden Globe (1997) for Best Actor and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Promising Newcomer.  In 2002, he directed Christina Ricci in The Gathering. He wrote and directed the documentary Lord Haw-Haw: Portrait Of A Fanatic, and in 2006, directed the stage play Allegiance starring Mel Smith and Michael Fassbender.  As well as working on several projects of his own, he is currently teaching at the National Film & Television School on the MA course for directors, and since 2010 has also run the Directors Series each year for the NFTS.

Lesley Manning Co-Head of Fiction

Lesley is best known for directing the seminal horror Ghostwatch - the highest rated TV single drama for 50 years.  2017 Indiewire voted Ghostwatch in the top 20 “Best British Horrors of All Time”.

After graduating from the National Film and Television School, Lesley directed films and serials for the BBC, notably the award winning My Sisterwife, Bloodrights, Drovers’ Gold.

Since then Lesley has been making independent films. The Agent Lesley directed both the play (Trafalgar Studios) and the subsequent film.

2012 Leila was the first film she both wrote and directed, now showing on Amazon Prime.
2013 she directed the feature length Honeycomb Lodge.
2016 she directed Curtain Call filmed on Isle of Man.
2017 Lesley wrote and directed The Vest, a BFI short delivered by Film Cymru.


My Sisterwife Best CRE film, Best Asian film, Dinard and Brussels
Drovers’ Gold nominated for 2 Cymru Baftas.
The Agent Dinard and Brussels, Sao Paulo, Cambridge.
Leila Best Actress, Audience and Jury awards for Best Narrative. Finalist at Austin writers’ Film Festival.
Honeycomb Lodge Best Film (NRI) Delhi Int. Film Festival; Mumbai festival.
Curtain Call Best Short Film, Fort Lauderdale Int Film Fest. In competition Brussels Int. Short Film Fest. Shortlisted at Fastnet Film Fest.
The Vest, Dam short film Fest; Leiden Int. Film fest; 2018 Oxford Film Fest (Mississippi).


In parallel Lesley has run master classes in UK and abroad (Cuba), notably in screen performance.

Ian Sellar Co-Head of Fiction

Ian Sellar is a Scottish film maker and teacher whose films have been distributed internationally to critical acclaim. He began his career as an assistant to Bill Douglas on his Scottish trilogy. He also worked with Kevin Brownlow on Winstanly and the Napoleon reconstruction. During same period Ian was worked as a film editor for various companies including LWT and BBC.

His first forays into directing were the shorts, Leicester Square and Southwark. In 1981 he attended the National Film and Television School. Whilst there he wrote and directed Over Germany for CH4/ZDF.

In 1989 his first feature, Venus Peter was in official selection at Cannes and Sundance. The film went on to win “Best Film” Atlantic Film Festival, “Special Jury Prize” Belfort.

This was followed in 1991 by Prague which was also chosen for official selection at Cannes, Tokyo and other festivals round the world.

As writer he has also worked in animation notably on Home Road Movies winner of Cartoon d’Or.

From 1994 he has been senior tutor at the National Film and Television School in the UK. He also works as an advisor at Binger Institute in Amsterdam and has run both directing and writing master classes in Cuba, Ireland, Scandinavia and South Africa.

In recent years Ian has worked as an advisor on the features of burgeoning writer directors. An impressive number of those films have gone on to be placed in the major festivals and have successful international releases. Amongst others, Ilo Ilo and Godless.

Alan Thorn Head of Games

Alan Thorn is a multidisciplinary game developer, author and educator with 17 years industry experience. He makes games for PC desktop, Mobile and VR. He founded 'Wax Lyrical Games'​ and created the award-winning game 'Baron Wittard: Nemesis of Ragnarok'​, working as designer, programmer and artist.

He has written twenty-three technical books on game development and presented eighteen video-training courses from Microsoft, Packt Publishing and These cover game-play programming, Unity development, 3D modelling, animation and more. Additionally, Alan has worked in game development education as a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University, a Visiting Lecturer at London South Bank University, and a Lead Teacher for Uppingham School.

Hugo Hansell Course Leader - Graphics & Titles for Film & TV

Hugo has developed brand identities for a number of prominent companies within the film and media industries including Protagonist Pictures, Cornerstone Films, Bankside Films, BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and WFTV (Women in Film and Television). He has also created many film and marketing campaigns including film posters, print and online advertising, for the likes of the BFI, BBC Films, Film4, Pathé and Artificial Eye.

Simon Clark Head of Location 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.

Deborah Rowland Course Leader - Marketing, Distribution, Sales & Exhibition

Deborah has over 24 years’ experience in entertainment marketing and all aspects of film distribution. She has held senior marketing and distribution positions at Koch Media, Artificial Eye, Curzon Cinemas, Icon, Contender Entertainment (now EOne), Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Medusa Pictures and The Pearson Group.

John Lee Course Leader - Model Making for Animation

Experienced Model & Prop maker John Lee is the Head of Department of the Model Making for Animation one-year Diploma course.

During his career, John has worked in Commercials, Animation, Children’s TV, Promo’s, and Feature Film, as both Modeller, Art Director and Designer.

I am also no stranger to the NFTS, as I have worked as a visiting lecturer for the last 8 years with students from Digital FX, Animation, and Production Design, so I am able to fully integrate the Model making diploma course within the school. Model Animation is an exciting and tactile medium to work in. The attention to detail is exquisite, and as a discipline, gives the modeller and film maker complete control of this unique craft."

John is passionate about model making and animation, and worked as a modeller on the feature films Fantastic Mr Fox, and Frankenweenie. He was Production Designer and supervising model maker with his team of artists on the multi award winning John Lewis Christmas advert The Bear & The Hare. More recent work includes Wes Anderson’s stop frame animated Isle of Dogs, prop making on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Episode: 8 The Last Jedi.

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 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.

Natalie Moore Course Leader - Production Accounting

Natalie Moore has worked in film & television for over 15 years. She began working in low budget TV then moved onto the mid-range independent films before making the jump into the high budget US Studio pictures, where she has remained for the last 5 years. Natalie has had the experience of working with and managing accounting teams ranging from 2 members all the way up to 20 members. She has had the opportunity to work in many exciting locations such as Uganda, Montreal, Rome, Amsterdam, Paris and LA. Natalie has a huge passion for her role within the production process and is enthusiastic about bringing new accounting talent into the industry. The Diploma in Production Accounting for Film & Television is a brand new course that has been devised by Natalie. It brings together all the effective techniques and learning curves that she has found successful throughout her career.

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

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.

John Maxwell Hobbs Course Leader - Production Technology

Top technologist and former BBC Scotland Head of Technology John Maxwell Hobbs has worked with Ericsson where he led mobile internet development and helped create the Delphi Pad, a forerunner of devices like the iPad. While at BBC Scotland, he launched Europe’s first 21st Century broadcasting facility, Pacific Quay; delivered BBC ALBA, Scotland’s first new television channel in 50 years; and developed the BBC’s first fully file-based, HD workflow.

He recently conceived and developed BBC Music’s initiative with PRS Foundation and BASCA to foster, promote, and commission new British songwriters. John is also a music producer, composer and performer. He has produced performances by DJ Spooky, Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and as a composer he has released several CDs and composed scores for a number of independent short films.

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.

Angeli Macfarlane Co-Course Leader - Script Development

Angeli Macfarlane provides development consultancy to British, European, Australian and US production companies. She works with writing and directing talent including Mat Whitecross for Mint Pictures, Gabriel Range on Outlaw Prophet for Sony TV - in production April 2014, Anthony Byrne and Natalie Dormer for 42, Emily Ballou for BBC Scotland, Fran Poletti for Salon Pictures and Joan Sauers for Screen Australia. She is also co-producer for Altered Image on feature Costa Rica, written by Jake Arnott and Amber Trentham and Lust for Life, by Robin French.

Ludo Smolski Co-Course Leader - Script Development

Ludo Smolksi is a development consultant and script editor, having worked recently on Jon S Baird’s Filth, adapted from the Irvine Welsh novel, and Bruce Goodison’s Leave to Remain (LFF 2013). He works regularly for directors such as Martin Wallace (Small Creatures) and Zam Salim (BAFTA-winning Up There) and currently consults for Metrodome Distribution, Pistachio Pictures and Wingbeat Pictures among others.

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.

Chris Pow Head of Sound Design

Chris began his career in 1979, first as an assistant then Dubbing Mixer working on short films for the BBC, C4, and independent production companies. In 1997 he became a full-time tutor at the NFTS. His credits include a feature length documentary for BBC Arena and other work for broadcasters and independent filmmakers.

Tom Lewis Course Leader - Sports Production

Tom has been in the sports television industry for almost thirty years. In that time, he has filmed in around forty countries, covering events as varied as football in China, cricket in Fiji, adventure racing in Borneo and mountain biking in South Africa. A fluent Chinese-speaker, he has been involved in multi-sports events in various production positions including the World Cups in Korea and Germany, the Olympics in Beijing, London and Rio, and the Asian Games in Doha and Guangzhou. He has made several documentaries on sports history and was, for seven years, the producer of the weekly show FIFA Futbol Mundial.

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

Bill Dare Course Leader - Writing & Producing Comedy

Bill has created TV shows such as The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Dead Ringers, (Radio Academy Gold Award and British Comedy Award) The Late Edition with Marcus Brigstocke, and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. He’s created radio shows including The Now Show, The Motion Show and – where he was also lead writer – Life Death and Sex with Mike and Sue, The Big Town All Stars, The Secret World, (Radio Academy Gold Award) Brian Gulliver’s Travels and Les Kelly’s Britain. Bill has also produced TV series such as Spitting Image (8 series), Loose Talk, Mr Charity for BBC2 and the comedy/drama Twisted Tales for BBC3. Bill also wrote the film You’re Breaking Up, broadcast on BBC2. Alongside his television and radio work, Bill has written two plays performed at the Edinburgh Festival and the comic novel: Natural Selection, published in both the UK and USA (Penguin). He co-wrote Nina Conti’s five star show, Talk to the Hand. Bill's latest novel is Brian Gulliver’s Travels (Pilrig Press 2013). Bill spent 14 years part time as a bi-media script executive at the BBC Comedy department advising on writers and scripts.