Head of Projection
Of Sierra Leonean origins, Umpha is a highly respected technician having risen through the ranks in projection and exhibition in Sierra Leone from an apprenticeship at the Rivoli Cinema in 1977 to senior and then chief operator in various cinemas in his career. Umpha later became the regional film programmer for Morta Theatres which led to the position of general manager of Metro cinema/Morta theatre Makeni branch where he presided till the infamous dissident rebel incursion in the country in 1991 which prompted his return to the United Kingdom that same year. Since 1991 Umpha has been involved in top London cinemas doing many major film festivals, high profile screenings and premiers at venues like The Prince Charles Cinema, The Electric, Mainline’s Screen Cinemas and as technical manager of the former Oasis Cinemas Ritzy in Brixton and The Gate in Notting Hill. After a stint at the luxurious Himalaya Palace in Southall, Umpha decided to leave mainstream exhibition venues and render services in technical, creative and educational institutions like MPC – The Moving Picture Company screening room and London Film School where he currently works. Umpha was also Screentrade magazine’s technical advisor and chief troubleshooter, and amongst other things, wrote 'From Beyond the Porthole', which offered projectionists valuable time and money saving tips.
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.