Staff

Gisli Snaer

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.

Dan Lawson

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.

Dawn Taylor

Financial Controller

Philip Ramge

Academic Registrar

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.

Véronique Fricke

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.
Contact: v.fricke@lfs.org.uk

Jonathan Hourigan

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.

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Matthew Button

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’.

Sophia Wellington

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.

Belinda Parsons

Senior Lecturer and Head of Camera Department

Belinda Parsons is an award-winning Director of Photography who has worked with production companies for all the major broadcasters, on social documentaries and TV dramas, including 3 feature lengths for S4C. She has contributed to a number of cinema shorts, and the British low budget award winning feature film THIN ICE. Belinda was nominated for a BAFTA, and awarded a Chicago Silver Hugo, and WFTV Samuelson Award for Technical Excellence.

Terry Hopkins

Head of Cinematography

Terry is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild and began shooting 16mm documentaries in New York in the late 1970s. His work appeared on America's PBS, Britain's BBC and Channel 4. The trend toward incorporating dramatic recreations into documentaries provided Terry with a means of linking his love of documentaries with lighting for drama. This led to his work as Camera Operator and 2nd unit DP on 35mm feature films.
Three programmes or series Terry has filmed have won Emmy Awards and two have been nominated for Academy Awards (Oscars). His last project before turning to full-time teaching was a documentary on The Rolling Stones directed by Michael Apted, a two-camera shoot on which he worked with Seamus McGarvey ASC, BSC.

Femi Kolade

Term Four Course Tutor

Angus Finney

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.

Les Blair

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.

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Wojciech Wrzesniewski

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.

Richard Kwietniowski

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.

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