Saskia van Roomen
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.
Module 3 Leader and Term 6+ Tutors
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.
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Head of Camera
Timo Heinänen F.S.C., cinematographer and previously a professor at Aalto University, Finland. Heinänen’s established career as a cinematographer and educator is irreprehensible; he is skilled across features, short films, documentaries, tv and commercials for over 30 years, with deep educational practice alongside serving as deputy board member of the European Federation of Cinematographers (IMAGO) educational committee, Vice President of Finnish Society of Cinematographers (F.S.C.) and speaker at the ASC International Cinematographers Summit. Heinänen is currently in pre-production on ‘Puluboin ja Ponin leffa’ (2018).
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.
Head of Sound
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.