My parents were artists and performers. They produced sculpture, light shows, multi-media performances, sound and light environments, books etc. I was the 'technical' member of the family and from the arrival of a Ferrograph series 4 tape recorder when I was still at junior school I enjoyed working on the sound content of our artistic activities. After a few years working as an Audio-Visual Aids Technician in a large London school I started Film work in 1979 with a Documentary production house in Central London becoming a Freelance Sound Recordist in 1985.
Over the last 30+ years I have enjoyed sound recording all over the world on Television Documentary, Theatre, Corporate, Commercials and Drama productions.
Senior Lecturer - Production Design
After graduating in Fine Art Carmel worked as a Theatre Designer in UK, Ireland and Berlin before training in Production Design at the National Film and Television School.
She has extensive experience as Production Designer working internationally on feature films shot in the UK and in Southern Africa, and a wide portfolio of productions including RTS award-winning shorts (‘Decisions’ for Ch 4), TV drama, drama documentaries, commercials and BAFTA award-winning Arts films (Sir Simon Rattle’s ‘Leaving Home’ for Ch 4). Feature films ‘Friends’ directed by Elaine Proctor and ‘Hijack Stories’ directed by Oliver Schmitz gained recognition in Cannes - Special Mention Palme D’Or and Un Certain Regard respectively, both securing international releases.
Carmel has combined teaching with professional practice throughout her career, devising the MA Production Design course at Northern School of Film and Television and teaching at many institutions as a visiting tutor in between film projects, including at University of Westminster, University of the Arts London, University of the Creative Arts Farnham, Royal Holloway University and as a Professional Mentor to Film Glasgow’s JumpCut Summer Production Company.
Originally from Singapore, Chai worked extensively in the arts and media industries before coming to the UK to do a postgraduate programme in festival producing and management in Edinburgh. She then worked in Higher Education in Glasgow, and went and lived in Vietnam before arriving in London in 2010. Chai has worked with various Christian charities since coming to London. She is pleased to be working in a creative environment again, having joined LFS in April 2019, providing administrative support to the CEO, Gisli Snaer, and COO, Dan Lawson.
Senior Lecturer Camera Department
Dom Kersey is a very experienced Director of Photography who has been working in the industry for 36 years. Starting at BBC film dept at Ealing Film studios working on major film Dramas such as ‘Bleak House’ he left to go Freelance and worked on many high-profile music promos and Commercials. He has shot Tv Drama for Channel 4, BBC and ITV children’s series ‘Bookaboo’ which won two Bafta awards. Currently, he is continuing to work on commercials and developing a new Drama series/Film with independent production company ‘Lonesome Pine Productions’.
Film Archive Manager
Ater Art college and a spell in the Theatre, Ginny began her film library career at an eclectic Soviet film archive in Highbury Corner. She has experience of many varied film archive collections and libraries, working with legacy formats, discovering, preserving and accessioning many fascinating archive films along the way. After a major project cataloguing the Central Office of Information Footage File Collection, she has worked on the WellcomeFilm digitisation project, at various commercial boutique libraries and also in a freelance capacity as Film Archivist at the Wellcome Trust.
Prior to joining LFS, Greg graduated from the University of Westminster with a Bachelors of Music.
He then moved into timetabling and scheduling at the University of Middlesex, where he spent 4 years maintaining schedules for the School of Business as well as the Departments of Art and Design, Law and Science and Technology.
Admin Support Officer
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.
Student Recruitment Manager
Jonathan joins the London Film School with over seven years’ experience in Marketing and Student Recruitment for both the Further and Higher Education sectors in Scotland. As a Graduate of Edinburgh Napier University in MSc Marketing, Jonathan recently spent six years working for his alma mater in Student Recruitment Officer roles most notably, for the EU and Home Postgraduate markets.
Before joining the London Film School Karen was a freelance Sound Editor working on feature films, TV dramas and documentaries in South Africa and the UK. Member of the Association of Motion Picture Sound AMPS.
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.
Film Festivals Coordinator
Joined LFS as Festivals Coordinator after graduating with an MA in Film Studies from King’s College London, and continues to work as a freelance film journalist with regular contributions to Little White Lies and Sight & Sound among others.
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’.
Camera Equipment Manager
Prior to joining London Film School, Michael began his career in the industry working within a kit room for several years. He has also been a camera assistant for several BBC 3 shows, a creative executive for Sky and a production assistant on Bollywood feature films. He studied Filmmaking at the Metropolitan Film school and also has a degree in Economics.