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.
Andrea Slater – Head of First Year and Quality
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.
Cath Pick – Head of Second Year and Industry Careers Liaison Co-ordinator
Cath is a seasoned industry professional with over 25 years experience in broadcast television with roles ranging from Production Manager to Archive Producer. Cath has worked at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and SKY for programmes such as Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, Ali G and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Cath leads the second year of the BA Hons Film Production and is a Industry and Careers Liaison Coordinator at Brighton Film School. Cath loves documentary and is a huge fan of Errol Morris.
Alkin Emirali – Head of Third Year and Film Production top-up
Alkin is currently in development on his Cypriot feature film Goats & Sheep for which he is the writer/director. The project has been selected by Creative England to be supported at the European Film Market in Berlin in February 2019 and is also one of only six current UK recipients of Creative Europe Development Funding. Goats & Sheep is the only original screenplay in that project line up and is under option with award winning producer Rob Alexander at PerfectMotion.
Previous to the above, Alkin wrote three further feature film scripts and wrote and directed numerous shorts. In addition he’s directed numerous commercial projects for clients including Sony PSP, BMW and The London Jazz Festival.
Alex Hobden – Film Production tutor
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.
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.
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.
Anna Deamer – Set Design and Film Production tutor
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.
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.
Fiona Adams – Industry Careers Liaison Coordinator
Fiona is a filmmaker and industry work placement co-ordinator. 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. Fiona has joined Cath in the role of Industry and Careers Co-ordinator at Brighton Film School.
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.