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Tutor profile: Neil Arksey, Screenwriter and Series Story Producer

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Neil Arksey's workshops at LFS

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As screenwriter, story editor and consultant, head writer and series producer Neil Arksey has been responsible for over a thousand episodes of serial drama at home and abroad. In the UK, he has worked on shows such as CROSSROADS, FAMILY AFFAIRS, DOCTORS, MILE HIGH, and RIVER CITY. And abroad, amongst other projects, he was head writer on Salatut Elämät, a 5-day-a-week soap in Finland, and series story producer on Jóban Rosszban, a continuing hospital drama set and based in Budapest.

In addition to working as a writer and producer, Neil has taught writing at several universities, colleges and film schools. He is the author of a number of popular books for children, teenagers and young adults, published by Penguin and Random House, including Playing on the Edge, Brooksie and Flint.

Tutor profile: Sue Austen, Module 3 Leader and Term 6+ Tutors

Sue Austen's workshops at LFS

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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.

Tutor profile: Tim Fywell, Director

Tim Fywell is one of the most accomplished directors of drama working in UK television today. The range of his work extends from GRANTCHESTER (2014, 2016 & 2017) to HAPPY VALLEY (2014); from MASTERS OF SEX (2013) to DRACULA (2014); from CRACKER (1994, To Be a Somebody, with Robert Carlyle) to MADAME BOVARY (2000, adapted by Heidi Thomas); from Sarah Waters’ AFFINITY (2008, adapted by Andrew Davies) to THE TURN OF THE SCREW (2009, adapted by Sandy Welch); plus SILENT WITNESS, WAKING THE DEAD, THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY, DCI BANKS, LEWIS and WODEHOUSE IN EXILE (TV Movie, 2013). Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgård.

Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at: http://lfs.org.uk/workshops/lfs-workshops/1577/directoractor-collaborati...
Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at: http://lfs.org.uk/workshops/lfs-workshops/1577/directoractor-collaborati...
Tim's next project to air will be the forthcoming BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgrad. - See more at: http://lfs.org.uk/workshops/lfs-workshops/1577/directoractor-collaborati...

Tim’s feature credits include I CAPTURE THE CASTLE (2003) with Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne and Tara Fitzgerald, and THE ICE PRINCESS (2005) with Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack and Kim Cattrall. Tim studied English at Cambridge University and began his professional career directing in fringe theatre before moving on to the West End.

Some of his theatrical credits include: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Playhouse Theatre); SKIRMISHES (Hampstead Theatre); RED SATURDAY (Royal Court); THE MOTHER COUNTRY (Riverside Studios); HITTINGTOWN (Bush Theatre); NO HAND SIGNALS (National Theatre), which he wrote and directed; I MADE IT MA TOP OF THE WORLD which he devised and directed at the Royal Court, and SPRING AWAKENING (Royal Court). 

Tutor profile: Tracey Gardiner, Producer

Tracey Gardiner entered television after a career as a stockbroker in the City, when she joined FulcrumTV. After more than fifteen years at Fulcrum she then set up her own production company, Iridescent Films, which made the three part BBC 2 series PILGRIMAGE with Simon Reeve (a co-production with Lion Television). She is currently the executive producer of a feature length documentary, 100 MEN, funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and MPI Distribution.

Tracey started out making programmes about business and current affairs over twenty years ago but then branched out into science, arts, history and observational documentaries, putting together international co-production deals and private finance to fund projects. Key award winners include: KEYS TO THE CASTLE (BBC) which won A Scottish BAFTA and RTS in 2015; THE WINNER LOSER (BBC), shortlisted at IDFA and winner of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Award in; HOW M&S LOST ITS BILLIONS (C5) Wincott, Best Documentary; SIGHTHILL STORIES (BBC) Scottish BAFTA; SEND ME SOMEWHERE SPECIAL (BBC) Grierson Newcomer Winner.

The Daily Mail said about PILGRIMAGE: “a truly miraculous journey”, TV Times: “a truly engaging first leg...4 stars”, Daily Mail: “The excellent Simon Reeve returns with a three-part series...illuminating, engaging and enjoyable viewing” and the Mail on Sunday said “a life - affirming new series...4 stars”

On BBC1 documentary TOO OLD TO BE A MUM? (2010) The Telegraph said: The film tiptoed through the ethical eggshells with an equanimity that did its makers proud. The bare facts spoke loudly enough...this was a perfect subject for a television documentary, because the pictures made their own argument."

Tutor profile: Udayan Prasad, Director

Udayan Prasad has been directing documentaries, television drama and feature films since graduating from the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. Among his numerous television credits are three single dramas written by Simon Gray for BBC Television - THEY NEVER SLEPT 1989, RUNNING LATE 1992 (Golden Gate Award for Best Television Feature1993), FEMME FATALE 1992.  Two other single dramas, both written by Alan Bennett and also for BBC Television, were - 102 BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN 1991 (Golden Gate Award for Best Television Feature1991, BAFTA Nomination for Best Single Drama 1991), TALKING HEADS 2: PLAYING SANDWICHES 1998 (BAFTA Nomination for Best Single Drama 1998). More recently he directed two episodes of THE TUNNEL 2013 for Sky Atlantic and two episodes, including the finale, of THE MUSKETEERS 2016 for BBC TV.

His first theatrical feature was BROTHERS IN TROUBLE, 1995 (Golden Alexander Award for Best First Feature at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival). This was followed by MY SON THE FANATIC, 1997 (Directors Fortnight Cannes Film Festival, Best Feature at the Potsdam Film Festival), GABRIEL & ME, 2000 (Edinburgh Film Festival) and OPA!, 2005 (Toronto International Film Festival). His latest feature THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF (Sundance Film Festival) was released in the United States in 2010.

When not actively involved in a production, he is a frequent visiting lecturer on directing and screenwriting programmes at several film schools including The National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK; London Film School; The Wajda School in Warsaw and the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź́́, Poland. He is also an advisor and mentor on various international directing and screenwriting workshops.

Tutor profile: Zillah Bowes, Writer, Director

Zillah is a filmmaker and writer. She studied at the National Film and Television School before working as a cinematographer, then as a director. Her debut as a director, SMALL PROTESTS, was nominated for a Grierson Award, and won the Current Short Cuts Award and Best Documentary at the London Independent Film Festival.

She has worked as a director on several documentary series for BBC and Channel 4, among others, and has collaborated regularly with Turner prize-winning artist Martin Creed on films and music videos. As a cinematographer, her feature films include ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS, which won the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

Zillah won The Wordsworth Trust Prize in 2017 for END OF AUGUST. She was shortlisted, among others, for the Manchester Poetry Prize in 2018, judged by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Alpine Fellowship in 2018 and the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in 2016. She won a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales in 2017 to develop a film series using her own writing.

She is currently developing several fiction film projects as writer/director and completing her first poetry collection. She has taught at the National Film and Television School and several other institutions as well as the LFS.

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