Our Patron & Advisory Board

Stephen Frears is one of the UK’s most respected and experienced filmmakers; having shot to recognition in 1985 as Director of the critically acclaimed feature My Beautiful Laundrette, Frears has continued to receive the highest critical praise throughout his career for films including High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons and Dirty Pretty Things

 

Frears comments "Alexander Mackendrick said: film writing and directing cannot be taught, only learned. At the Met Film School, you'll spend most of your time making films with the support of professional filmmakers. I don't know any other way to learn."

Stephen Frears is one of the UK’s most respected and experienced filmmakers; having shot to recognition in 1985 as Director of the critically acclaimed feature My Beautiful Laundrette, Frears has continued to receive the highest critical praise throughout his career for films including High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons and Dirty Pretty Things

 

Frears comments "Alexander Mackendrick said: film writing and directing cannot be taught, only learned. At the Met Film School, you'll spend most of your time making films with the support of professional filmmakers. I don't know any other way to learn."

Thomas Hoegh is the founder of Arts Alliance. Thomas trained as a theatre director at Northwestern University and worked as a director of theatre, television and large-scale events in Norway, the US and Japan. He later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and founded Arts Alliance in 1996. 

 

Since then Hoegh has built up forty-five businesses involved in technology and entertainment. Amongst them, film related companies in production, distribution, exhibition and digital cinema. Thomas served on the board of directors of the UK Film Council.

Sir Alan Parker is a director, writer and producer. His feature films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars. His films include Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Evita, Fame, Birdy, Angel Heart and Angela’s Ashes. He was founding chairman of the UK Film Council, a position he held for five years, and prior to that was chairman of the BFI. Sir Alan received the CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002. He is also an Officier Des Arts et Lettres (France). In 2013 he received the BAFTA Fellowship.

Barnaby Thompson is Head of Studio at Ealing Studios, the founder of Fragile Films and has produced four of the top twelve British Independent movies of all time.

 

Barnaby has an extensive experience in both television and film in the UK and in America, and his films have grossed over $500 million in worldwide box office. Credits include Easy Virtue, St Trinian’s, The Importance of Being Earnest andAn Ideal Husband.

David Kosse is the president of International at Universal Pictures. Kosse has extensive experience within the studio system having worked with Universal, Polygram and Momentum pictures. Kosse was also the executive producer of Wondrous Oblivion and co-executive producer of Things to Do Before You’re 30.

Heather Rabbatts Chair of Shed Media, the group behind UK TV series Supernanny, Who Do You Think You Are? and the Academy Award-winning Man on Wire.

John Woodward Investment Director, and MD Arts Alliance Ltd

 

John Woodward joined Arts Alliance in November 2010 and he works mainly, but not exclusively, on Arts Alliance’s film related investments ranging from Arts Alliance Media Ltd, Europe’s leading digital cinema services company, through to the Met Film School, the UK’s largest private film academy. Previously John was the Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council, the UK Government’s strategic funding body for film between 2000 and 2011. During this period John oversaw investment of more than £150m into more than 900 films including Bend it like Beckham, Bright Star, The Constant Gardener, Gosford Park, Happy-Go-Lucky, In the Loop, The Last King of Scotland, Made in Dagenham, Man on Wire, Red Road, St Trinian’s, This is England, Touching the Void, Vera Drake ,The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Streetdance 3D, The King’s Speech, We Need to Talk about Kevin, and Shame. Prior to joining the UK Film Council John was Director of the British Film Institute. Before that, as Chief Executive of the Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), John set up and ran the most successful and influential trade association in the UK film and television industry, representing the commercial interests of some 1,000 film and television companies.

 

John is a co-founder of Skillset, the audiovisual industry’s sector skills council and a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a member of the Video Consultative Council of the British Board of Film Classification.

Sandra Hebron is an independent Film Consultant with clients including the Rome International Film Festival and Everyman Cinemas. With a vast experience of working within film festivals, Sandra was previously Artistic Director of the BFI Festival and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, two of Europe's leading public film festivals.

 

She began her working life in academia, researching in the fields of sociology and cultural studies. She has worked in independent film exhibition for over fifteen years, and was Cinemas Director at Manchester's Cornerhouse. She has made several short films, and regularly writes and broadcasts about cinema. Sandra remains a prominent figure in British Cinema and film festivals today.

 

Amanda Nevill, the BFI's chief executive, has said of Sandra: "Sandra is one of the most respected, creative and imaginative film festival directors in the world. She has transformed the BFI London film festival into the most exciting two weeks for film in the UK's cultural calendar."

Sarah Gavron began her career in documentaries and is a graduate of the NFTS. In 2003 Gavron directed her first full length drama, the Dennis Potter Award winning This Little Life for BBC TV. The film also won Gavron two BAFTAs for Best Single Drama and Best New Director, the RTS and WIFTV Award for Best Newcomer and she was selected as one of Variety’s ten directors to watch at the Sundance International Film Festival. Further to this, Gavron was nominated for the Douglas Hickox Best Directorial Debut Award.


Her films include The Girl in the Lay-by (2000), which won a BAFTA nomination and Losing Touch (2000), which won the Young Jury Award at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, Best Film Award at the London Royal Television Society Awards and Best International Short at the Foyle Film Festival. Her latest film is the critically acclaimed Brick Lane.