It’s been another great month of achievements at LFS – here is our June round-up of everything our students and alumni have been up to!
We’re enormously proud of the work and continued successes of our students and graduates! Here we have a selection of the festival acceptances, screenings, and awards they have enjoyed over the last month.
First, MA Screenwriting graduate and PhD student Gonzalo Maza’s (MAS 12) first feature film, Ella es Cristina, will be released on 13 June 2019. Maza is the writer-director on the film, produced by Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions.
Screenwriters embrace the world through words. Championing unique viewpoints, diverse stories and provocative conversations, screenwriters are changing and challenging the film landscape today. 'From script to screen' starts with the script, and we're proud to say that these scriptwriters' journeys have started at Covent Garden.
Female representation and ‘strong women’ paradox with LFS Honorary Associate and 2019 BAFTA winner for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema, Elizabeth Karlsen
At a time when much of the conversation in the film industry revolves around gender parity and representation of women on the world’s top film sets, Elizabeth Karlsen is one of the industry’s mavericks whose views on the subject might offer some insight. The multi-award-winning producer’s most recent films Colette and Carol are illustrative of the type of stories that can win critics and audiences while giving women’s narratives centre stage. She is currently a Patron of the Women’s Film and Television Network.
Winning Sundance, selling yourself, and distinct cinematic voices: an interview with producer Olivier Kaempfer
Olivier is in that enviable position of being part of the establishment whilst still retaining an edge. BAFTA-nominated, Sundance-winning, and the executive director of one of the most important film funds in the UK, Microwave, he’s one of the best people you could hope to talk to about time management as well as the state of British cinema.
We are pleased to announce that the Leverhulme Trust has awarded the London Film School a grant for Leverhulme Arts Scholarships. These awards will be available for the terms starting in September 2019.
Our final Berlinale Talent, Joshua Magor, grew up in South Africa and graduated from London Film School in 2017 with the feature film ‘We Are Thankful’, which had its world premiere at Locarno and was recently awarded Best Performance at Slamdance. He spoke to us about the profound experience of making this film in his home country, why he chose LFS, and why you should never be afraid of failure.
Sophie McVeigh: What was your journey like from growing up in South Africa to coming to London Film School?