Itziar Leighton – Brighton Film School Principal
Itziar is a highly experienced senior leader with over 20 years’ experience in education. She is dedicated to providing young people with the opportunities and skills to follow their passion in developing and building a successful career. Itziar joined BFS from Aldridge Education where she had spent four years as Regional Director leading on curriculum development, establishing specialist academies and developing industry links and partnerships.
Kate Mapes – Head of Education
Kate has spent over 10 years working as a producer/director in factual television creating programming for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV. More recently she has developed a wide range of experience in education, delivering industry focused filmmaking courses at degree level. She is passionate about developing courses that engage students and prepare them for working in the ever changing world of film, television and online digital content.
Alex Hobden – Head of First Year
For over 10 years Alex has been working in creative media production and education, having worked as a lecturer in Film & TV production and Cultural Theory at both Brighton and Chichester universities.
Alongside this, he is a freelance filmmaker working on creative projects for local charities and organisations. Most recently, Alex has been involved in an exciting project to create interactive video content for Brighton & Hove’s Booth Museum, which holds one of the largest collections of Victorian taxidermy in the country. Alex also runs a small company making bespoke Contact Microphones and Hydrophones for professional Natural History sound recording.
Anna Deamer – Head of Second Year
Anna is a freelance artist and designer with over 25 years experience in theatre, film, television and fine art. Anna has worked as an art director and production designer on a wide range of productions including theatre (Faith, Royal Court), period drama (BBC David Copperfield, Tom Jones), feature film (Up at The Villa starring Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sean Penn), TV series (Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Eastenders, The Bill, Ella and the Mothers, Beck, The Vanishing Man), news/light entertainment sets, commercials, documentaries and short films including, I Just Want to Kiss You, starring Martin Freeman.
Anna teaches a range of art and design subjects, specialising in production design. Anna also has a passion for contextual studies and teaches on the dissertation module at BFS.
Andrea Slater – Head of Third Year/Top-Up
Before working at BFS, Andrea worked in film production for over 15 years, working as an assistant director on successful British films such as The Beach, Enigma, Anita and Me and Topsy Turvey supporting some of the best directors in the UK such as Danny Boyle, Mike Leigh and Michael Apted. She was also assistant to Trainspotting producer Andrew Macdonald for two years, seeing first-hand how to navigate the industry from script to screen. Andrea is passionate about enabling all students to enter the industry at the highest level and draws on her experience to guide students through the development and realisation of their own projects as well as provide relevance for academic exploration of the industry.
Will Jewell – Film Production and Screenwriting tutor
Writer/Director Will Jewell has scripted drama and comedy for the BBC, The Huffington Post, Sky and Channel 4 including Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning interactive drama ‘Bow Street Runner’ and the ‘Horrible Histories’ web series.
He also directed ‘South Coast’ – an acclaimed music feature documentary which secured international distribution, a wealth of music promos and short films including ‘Man In Fear’ which was selected for the New British Cinema Quarterly and is now being developed into a feature. He is also currently in pre-production on ‘Concrete Plans’, his debut narrative feature which has a cast including Steve Pemberton and Daniel Mays attached.
Paul Dutnall – Film Production tutor
Paul is a filmmaker and co-director of audio-video production company, JuNK, which was set up in 1997 alongside a regular film screening event, ‘Junk TV’, with the original aim of helping artists and communities who didn’t have easy access to video technology, to make and show their work in conventional and unconventional spaces. In recent years, JuNK has begun to integrate Virtual Reality and Game creation into its work.
Paul has worked at Brighton Film School since 2014 helping to develop students’ camera, lighting, sound recording, sound design and editing skills. Paul has been on the board of Brighton’s CINECITY film festival since its inception in 2002. He is a freelance radio producer working with, amongst others, Brighton community station and Radio Reverb. In 2018, one of the radio shows that he produces, ‘Carousel Radio’ won a British Podcast Award.
Julian Kerridge – Filmmaking tutor
Julian began his career as an actor working extensively in Television and performing in seasons with the RSC and National Theatre. After the critical success of his first short film (Mr John) in 2005, he decided to retrain as a director.
Seamonsters is Julians debut feature film starring Rita Tushingham, Reece Noi, and Jack Mcmullen. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nantes Film festival 2012 and was nominated for best fiction film at the Austin film festival and at Raindance that year. Seamonsters can currently be seen on amazon prime.
He also directed the internet drama series “Celia & Chloe” co-produced by Disney and watched by over three million people in seven countries.
Lisa Fulthorpe – Screenwriting tutor
Lisa is a playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker. She began her career writing comedy: Channel 4’s Smack The Pony, BBC Radio Comedy Playhouse and more recently for the Camden Fringe; her short films have been screened at the London Film Festival and she has written drama for BBC 1. She now makes films with her own company Firefly Film and works regularly for My Life Films. She has an MA in Screenwriting and has taught creative writing for many years.
Her aim is to demystify the craft of screenwriting, to give students the tools of the trade so their stories work dramatically and are cinematic. She helps students excavate stories from their own unique perspectives, to appreciate the importance of structure and to develop characters that engage audiences.
Mark Tew – Film Production tutor
During his filmmaking career Mark has worked in various capacities on small independent productions to commercial shoots including American Express, MTV, BBC and more recently with charitable and educational organisations. Between his freelance projects, Mark teaches a Film & TV, regularly screens work throughout the U.K and has recently been asked to lead a pilot project nurturing young and emerging filmmaking talent.
In 2015, Mark co-founded Button Pressed Films, committed to producing entertaining projects in both film and theatre with a focus on strong writing and visual storytelling. Their first project, the short film ‘Not My Wife’, won ‘Best Comedy’ at the Limelight Film Awards in London. Their latest production, ‘Deep in the Woods’, features Jenny Funnell (BBC’s As Time Goes By) and is now entering the festival circuit. Mark is currently in-production of his first independent feature, an ambitious comedy called ‘Disco’, shooting throughout 2019 in Sussex.
Gina Kawecka – Film Production tutor
Training as an actor with The Television Workshop, Gina has a wealth of experience in TV, Theatre and Film acting. Working with directors including Shane Meadows and Alan Parker, and organisations such as BBC, ITV, The Royal Court Theatre. She also writes and directs ﬁlm and theatre, and creates work as a photographic and moving image artist.
Alongside her artistic career, Gina has developed a respected teaching practice. Regarding teaching/learning as a reciprocal journey of discovery, her experience allows her to encourage collaboration and exploration within a framework of discipline and focus.
Sadie Anderson – Film Production tutor
Sadie has set up and led some of the most successful courses in Production Arts in the country and has been held up as an exemplar by UAL for her interdisciplinary work. Her years of top end television productions have forged strong connections with many respected professionals in the industry with whom she regularly collaborates in the educational field, lending a pragmatic edge and real-world application to her work as a tutor.
Sadie’s industry experience and work as a qualified production designer has yielded a body of high quality and award-winning work over 25 years with a wide variety of projects for film, television, theatre and magazines. She has completed over 50 TV commercials and 60 music promos.
Sadie’s passion for education and the arts, along with her commitment to students and outcomes, continues to engage them into achieving the high standards expected in the industry.
Neil Williams – Film Production tutor
Neil has worked in editing for over 25 years, mainly in narrative feature films but has also
worked on award-winning documentaries and TV formats. Neil spent ten years learning the craft of editing, cutting on celluloid film, which instilled an attention to detail and organisation vital to the edit process. Adapting to developments in non-linear editing, he now is proficient in both Avid and Adobe edit systems. He has enjoyed a long-term collaboration with editor Masahiro Hirakubo and has worked alongside esteemed directors such as Danny Boyle, Stephen Frears, Uberto Pasolini and Andy Serkis.
One of the most unique jobs was his involvement in Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s controversial Russian project ‘DAU’ where he viewed and assembled all 700 hours of footage. In 2014 he edited on the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary Virunga and more recently worked with Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films. Cinema is the passion that drives everything Neil does. A self-proclaimed cineaste who immerses himself in the history and analysis of film culture across a wide range of genres and aesthetic forms. His area of interest would be the cinemas of Asia and Eastern Europe.
Ivan Griffith – Film Production tutor
Ivan has worked in the media industry for 30 years. A traineeship with the BBC started in 1992 and lead to him becoming a VT editor at the BBC’s TV Centre on programs such as Children’s, factual, sports, documentary and light entertainment. During his 20 years at the BBC and 5 years as a freelancer, Ivan has edited across numerous genres and on BAFTA award winning programs.
Additionally, Ivan has always cultivated his passion to be shooting, directing and producing TV and corporate productions. Moving away from the demands of long edit schedules, Ivan now runs his own small production company. In the last two years Ivan has also found a passion in sharing his knowledge and experience to students who are keen to work in television, corporate, and film production.
Jac Cattaneo – Film Production tutor
Jac has 20 years’ experience of teaching Historical and Contextual Studies at the University of the Arts and Northbrook College, as well being a Creative Writing lecturer at the University of Chichester and New Writing South. A designer, artist and writer, she holds a PhD in the field of dystopian/utopian studies and has won prizes for her short fiction. She is passionate about engaging students in the process of research and writing, both academically and creatively.
Craig Ennis – Film Production Tutor
Craig is a freelance filmmaker and editor with over 15 years’ experience across a range of projects including short film, music videos, corporate productions, documentary and feature film. He is also the co-director of a small production company called 24 foot Square who specialise in BTS content for feature films. The company produced its first feature length documentary FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema in 2018 which premiered at the Prince Charles cinema before receiving a wide digital release in March 2019.
He has also taught filmmaking for over 10 years and is committed to sharing a deep love for film history. He is passionate about enabling students to gain the confidence to find their unique creative voices via an exploratory approach to curriculum in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Dave Mclaren – Film Production Tutor
Dave is a freelance Videographer and Gaffer, his background in the industry includes a range of exciting projects having worked on Netflix pilots, BBC Drama’s, Sky Sports Promos, Red Bull music videos, documentaries with Brit award winners, indie feature films and charity work.
Dave’s eclectic approach to production fundamentals will see him teach various techniques and disciplines relevant to specialist area’s of the film and tv industry.
Paul Grivell – Film Production tutor
Paul is an artist and educator with many years of experience teaching theory and practice at degree and master’s level. His own core practice centers on photography, though it spins out from there to include many other media forms, including film, video, sound, drawing and writing. Much of this work is undertaken in a collaborative and participatory context.
As an educator he has a long history of developing innovative, critical and creative curricula, and is particularly interested in the relationship between creativity and education. As an active pedagogic researcher this interest has seen him publish widely on creative arts education.
Fiona Adams – Industry and Careers Manager
Fiona is a filmmaker and industry work placement manager. Her career includes work in features, music videos, animation and documentary. She shot, directed and produced Secret World of Year 3 (BBC series), Growing Up (C5), Our Brilliant Careers (C4) and Ruby Grierson, Re-Shooting History (BBC). Her films have been shown at film festivals including Cinema Du Reel and Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival.
She co-developed the Brighton Digital Media Academy – a training provision collaborating education with industry. As Industry and Careers Co-ordinator at Brighton Film School, Fiona has secured exciting partnerships with a wide range of film, TV and digital marketing companies including; Lion TV, iCrossing, Ricochet, Progress, Factory Films, Back2Back and Jumpstart Films.
Adam Collins – Senior Technician
Adam’s first involvement with BFS was in 2012. He learnt a great deal on working on a busy set and knowing how much you can shoot in a short amount of time. Adam would often help students with their ideas and supporting them all the way to the finish edit. Since then, Adam has worked almost every evening as the school expanded, booking in the students shoots and this what led him to working full-time as a technician. He enjoys the responsibilities this role provides but being a technician is only a small part of what he does.
Adam enjoys working creatively, whether it’s through our Marketing Department, after school workshops or just being on set with the students through their productions. His idea of a bad day is sitting in the kit room all day charging batteries! Luckily, not everyday is the same at BFS.
Richard Knights – Film Technician
Richard has been working at Brighton Film School for the last six years as the school’s Technician. His role is to provide and maintain the equipment for workshops, film shoots and other in-school projects. Richard also runs Super 16 and 35mm film workshops with the camera equipment provided to us from our industry partners, Panavision.