Acting Director & CEO
Gisli Snaer is an award-winning film director, and a graduate of La Fémis in Paris, France. He comes to London Film School after heading up the Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore.
Snaer is a Lumen Prize 2016 Longlist Artist, and has served as a member of the international jury at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival Kinderfilmfest, the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poland 2003, Singapore Creative Video Competition 2011, Endeavours International Documentary Film Festival 2014 and 2015 in Singapore, and as a Head Jury for the Asian European Foundation photo competition 2015. Snaer is a member of the European Film Academy, and the Directors Guild of Iceland. His academic research interests include The Transformative Process and Continuous Adaptation of the Novel to Screen, Ambiguity and Subtext in Visual Media, The Evolution of Story, Storymaking and Storytelling.
Acting Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining the London Film School as Head of LFS OPEN, Dan acted as Partnership Manager for Creative Skillset, helping talent and businesses across film, TV, animation, VFX and games to develop their skills and careers, access training and development support, and connect talent to industry.
Previously Dan has run multimillion-pound film and TV investment funds supporting both production and development, acting as Executive Producer on a string of hit feature film and TV drama projects garnering BAFTAs, Golden Globes and many more awards including One Mile Away, Line of Duty and Dancing on the Edge.
Dan has also delivered major creative industries projects including Film Nation: Shorts, the official, UK-wide young people’s filmmaking competition of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
Philip Ramge joined The London Film School in February 2015. Upon completion his studies in Australia, he moved to the UK to pursue a career in Higher Education. After working as lecturer and course leader for a number of years, Philip focussed on higher education management, both at campus and national level. Throughout his career, he worked on a series of academic quality reviews, administrative and compliance reviews, and programme validations. Before joining LFS, Philip oversaw academic quality and academic partnerships across Europe for a private higher education provider. In his position at LFS, he leads Acacdemic Registry and oversees admissions, academic quality, programme administration, and compliance.
Head of Marketing and Student Recruitment
Véronique heads up marketing and student recruitment at the school.She comes to LFS with over 10 years experience as a marketing leader and recruiter for the Arts, Finance and Higher Education sectors. With a track record of applying thoughtful curiosity and tenacity, she's previously transformed organisational performance and delivered brand results.
At LFS she manages the school’s marketing team, who have responsibility for brand profile and attracting talent to LFS' world-class programmes.
Head of Screenwriting
Jonathan Hourigan is a graduate of Oxford University and the National Film and Television School. He was assistant to Robert Bresson on L'Argent and is a writer, director, script consultant and teacher.
Head of Production Design
Matthew Button designed his first feature in 2004, and has been consistently in demand ever since, for feature films and TV. In 2014 he was nominated for the Royal Television Society ‘Best Production Design’ award and in 2015 he was nominated for a BAFTA, as a member of the production team on BBC’s ‘Our World War’.
LFS Head of Cinematography
Leaving university in the early 1980’s with a degree in Social Anthropology and Visual Studies, Cox’s ambition to become a camerawomen initially led her to joining the camera rental house, Tattooist International, as a camera trainee.From there, she worked her way from Clapper Loader to Focus Puller before becoming the Camera Operator on Distant Voices Still Lives [1988, BFI] and The Long Day Closes [1992, BFI] for British Director Terence Davies.During that period her cinematography credits include documentaries and shorts for the BFI, BBC and Channel 4.
In the mid ‘90’s whilst on a career break, she wrote her thesis Motivating light: the visual legacy of Rembrandt and Vermeer for an MA in Independent Film at The London Institute. Upon her return to work she decided to teach and was appointed Head of the Camera Department at The London Film School in 2000 where she currently teaches and runs the Cinematography department for LFS’ MA Filmmaking programme. For the University of Exeter’ PhD programme, she co-supervises the cinematography practice.
During the past 10 years, as a cinematography educator, Cox has delivered Creative Skillset funded outreach programmes for 14 year-olds [Highbury 2011] and two professional one-year craft extension programmes for LFS.She works internationally; co-led Light as Inspiration workshops with Nic Knowland BSC [Jamaica, 2010], advising European films school on curriculum evaluation boards and assimilating digital theories and work practices into their curriculum.Cox presented Teaching Cinematography into the Digital Age [Budapest 2011] and more recently at Seeing Light at Three layers of Story Telling [Budapest 2016].Harriet participated at the Round Table for film schools, Image Aesthetic at the time of digital cinema [Poitiers 2013] and Cinematography in Progress [Brussels 2014]. Most recently Harriet was a speaker on the Women in Cinematography panel at Cinefest [Bristol, 2015] and the BSC EXPO panel Creativity through Discipline in Digital film making [London 2016].
Head of Screenwriting
Sophia Wellington began her film career on the floor – literally: placing marks for Richard Gere as a camera assistant. After years in the camera department, working on a number of Anglo-American features, Sophia moved into the cutting room where she is, to her knowledge, the only (living) assistant editor to get an apology out of Harvey Weinstein.
Sophia moved into script development in 2003 when she joined World Productions to develop a feature slate for their production deal with Sony Columbia. During this time, she worked with a variety of writers and directors on films including Layer Cake and Becoming Jane.
Another move, this time to Singapore where Sophia taught screenwriting for the Graduate Film and Dramatic Writing programmes of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia. Returning to London in 2015, Sophia combines teaching with writing and script development whilst maintaining her links with the South East Asian film industry. She runs feature workshops for the Cinemalaya Institute in Manila and recent script consultancy credits include Remittance (2016) a low budget feature exploring the life of migrant workers in Singapore and the upcoming Polis Evo 2, (2018) a high octane, Malaysian action movie.
Term Four Course Tutor
MAIFB Course Leader
Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist. His work includes risk management for Octopus Media, part of Octopus Investments – a £1.5bn City of London fund manager, MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Cass Business School, City University, London, and he is the producer of Europe’s only Production Finance Market, hosted by Film London. Finney was managing director of Renaissance Films from 1999-2005 where he oversaw financing and sales.
Finney’s fourth and most recent book is: The International Film Business – A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood (Routledge) was published in May 2010. A second edition will be published in 2013. Finney has personally trained more than 800 film producers, company executives and students since 2005, and delivered master classes and lectures at Judge, Cass, Grenoble and Copenhagen Business Schools over the past five years.
Term Three and Five Course Tutor
After a degree in Economics and a spell as an advertising copywriter Les Blair enrolled as a student at the London Film School. In 1969 he spent six months in Prague as an exchange student at FAMU where he made a short documentary about life under the Soviet bloc invasion which was shown by the BBC before being snatched back by the Czech authorities. On returning to London he produced and edited Mike Leigh’s first film Bleak Moments before launching his own career as a director with a string of films made for television which he wrote and directed after extended improvised rehearsal with the actors. He also directed the work of other writers, most notoriously G.F.Newman’s Law and Order which secured a place in television history with its portrayal of endemic corruption in the police and judicial system. His TV films News Hounds and The Accountant both won BAFTA’s for Best Single Drama. He has written and directed feature films for the Cinema including Bad Behaviour which won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers award for comedy. His work for the theatre includes Becket’s Waiting for Godot and two plays of his own.
Acting Head of Sound Department
Studied Electrical Engineering, after graduating worked for a number of years as a service engineer and industrial product designer. Sound recordist on a number of factual, educational and documentary strands for BBC and Channel 4 such as Inside Tracks, On the Record, Panorama, Breaking the Fear (independent feature) and shorts You're In There Ltd. and Konfident.
Writer-Director and LFS 6th Term Tutor
Writer-director, born in London to Anglo-Polish parents. After studying literature then film at University of Kent at Canterbury, became Visiting Research Scholar in Film at University of California at Berkeley before returning to the UK to work in the independent film sector and higher education. Short films including Alfalfa and Flames of Passion were distributed internationally. Work as a director for British TV received Royal Television Society and D&AD (Gold and Best of Year) awards and a Prix Italia nomination. Feature-films Love and Death on Long Island (John Hurt and Jason Priestley), and Owning Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Minnie Driver) both made Best of Year critics’ lists. Awards include prizes from Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle, US National Board of Review, and BAFTA. He teaches directing, screenwriting and acting-to-camera at a range of institutions in the UK and beyond, and has contributed to many European initiatives in feature film development. His LFS directing workshop for film students and actors has just celebrated its 300th edition. His name is easier to pronounce than it looks: Kfee-etnee- ov-skee.
Producer and LFS 6th term Tutor
Sue has worked in independent film and television production since 1982. Her career began at the now legendary Goldcrest Films, where she worked for four years on programmes produced for the new Channel 4. After Goldcrest’s collapse Sue spent a short time as a freelance script editor, before joining Granada Films as Head of Development. Whilst there she worked on a number of feature films including David Hare’s STRAPLESS and Aisling Walsh’s first feature, JOYRIDERS. Sue left Granada to co-produce the medical thriller, PAPER MASK, co-funded by Film 4 and British Screen, released in over 70 territories and selected as the closing film in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.
Sue then spent 5 years working at the European Script Fund, part of the MEDIA (Creative Europe) organisation and returned to production in 1997 with her first television film, VICIOUS CIRCLE, developed and produced for BBC Films and Irish Screen. This was followed by the BAFTA nominated comedy drama DONOVAN QUICK starring Colin Firth. Over the next twelve years she produced more than 50 hours of primetime television drama for BBC1, BBC2 and ITV and received a second BAFTA nomination.
She continues to develop new productions as well as tutoring and lecturing part time at the London Film School, Goldsmiths University, Serial Eyes and Regents University.