Inspirational Tutors

All of our tutors are working industry professionals who are as passionate about teaching as they are about film.

 

We employ a combination of regular tutors and guest lecturers to give you a comprehensive insight into all aspects of filmmaking. They are chosen for their knowledge of their discipline as well as their ability to inspire!

 

Jonny Persey  - Chief Executive

Jonny Persey is the Chief Executive of Met Film, which unites Met Film School and independent production company, Met Film Production and post production facility, Met Film Post

 

Having studied psychology at Cambridge University and worked for several years as a youth worker and organisational development consultant, Jonny Persey produced his first feature film, Everyone’s Child, in Zimbabwe in 1996. He then went on to study at the National Film & Television School where he produced a series of acclaimed short films both through the school and independently. He serves on PACT’s Film Policy Group and is a member of ACE.

 

 

Under Jonny’s leadership of Met Film has grown with Met Film School becoming the largest provider of filmmaking training in London. Met Film Production has produced a number of award-winning feature films including, The Infidel written by David Baddiel and Little Ashes starring Robert Pattinson. In addition, it has produced a range of documentaries including, for example, the BIFA nominated The Great Hip Hop Hoax and the critically acclaimed Town of Runners (conceived and co-produced by Met Film School graduate Dan Demissie and postproduced by Met Film Post).

 

All of our tutors are working industry professionals who are as passionate about teaching as they are about film.

 

We employ a combination of regular tutors and guest lecturers to give you a comprehensive insight into all aspects of filmmaking. They are chosen for their knowledge of their discipline as well as their ability to inspire!

 

Jonny Persey  - Chief Executive

Jonny Persey is the Chief Executive of Met Film, which unites Met Film School and independent production company, Met Film Production and post production facility, Met Film Post

 

Having studied psychology at Cambridge University and worked for several years as a youth worker and organisational development consultant, Jonny Persey produced his first feature film, Everyone’s Child, in Zimbabwe in 1996. He then went on to study at the National Film & Television School where he produced a series of acclaimed short films both through the school and independently. He serves on PACT’s Film Policy Group and is a member of ACE.

 

 

Under Jonny’s leadership of Met Film has grown with Met Film School becoming the largest provider of filmmaking training in London. Met Film Production has produced a number of award-winning feature films including, The Infidel written by David Baddiel and Little Ashes starring Robert Pattinson. In addition, it has produced a range of documentaries including, for example, the BIFA nominated The Great Hip Hop Hoax and the critically acclaimed Town of Runners (conceived and co-produced by Met Film School graduate Dan Demissie and postproduced by Met Film Post).

 

Lisa Neeley, Director of Student Affairs & Postgraduate Programmes

 

Lisa has over 12 years’ experience working in screenplay development in both Los Angeles and the UK. A UCLA film school graduate, she worked for Warner Bros and HBO before relocating to the UK, where she has taught screenwriting for several years.

 

She is co-director of screenplay development consultancy, Story HQ.

 

Lisa Neeley teaching a Screenwriting class

Alan Lewis, Director of Programmes 

 

Alan is a 3D artist and compositor with over 12 years experience in the CG industry. Alan has lived in the UK for over 10 years, teaching animation and special effects as a university tutor and professional instructor. 

 

Originally from Canada, Alan spent several years working freelance as a technical artist and modeller, while also teaching animation and architecture, at several different universities in Toronto.

  

Alan's role as Director of Programmes includes oversight of the School's range of courses across both London and Berlin.

 

He is responsible overall delivery of all non-accredited courses encompassing: Six-MonthShort Part-TimeShort Full-Time and Weekend Courses.

 

He is also the programme leader for MA Postproduction.

 

 

Steve Pinhay - Met GO Producer & Producing Tutor

 

Steve is responsible for spearheading the School’s graduate opportunities programme MetGO and he leads the MA Business and Producing programme. He also is a tutor on the small screen production element of BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking.

 

Steve is an executive and series producer, tutor who brings to the school his in-depth knowledge of producing across a range of genres.

 

Having made a university feature with Anthony Minghella and a number of short films, Steve went on to be creator, founder and director of Britain’s first touring film in education unit and creator and founder/director of Watershed - ‘Britain’s first media centre’ - for which he won the BFI’s Independent innovation award.

 

As a TV producer, executive, creative director and format creator, Steve has worked with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 as well as leading independents including Zenith, Endemol, Shine, All 3Media and Zodiak. 

 

He has devised successful show formats including Pass The Buck, The Enemy Within and Trivial Pursuit for the BBC, SMTV and CD:UK for ITV and Grand Slam for Channel 4. He has produced many entertainment, music, comedy and kids’ shows including Fort Boyard, Fame Academy and Comic Relief acting as format creator, writer, script editor and show runner.

 

A key part of Steve’s career has been his work as a teacher, tutor and mentor in both film and television. He sits on Advisory Boards at the NFTS and Bournemouth University and is a Senior Tutor at the NFTS overseeing postgraduate work. 

 

It is not surprising that as a Cinematographer, Faye is passionate about light! With the first rays that forged their way into her pinhole camera at age 11 Faye knew Cinematography was the path for her. It was over 19 years ago that she started in local news but eventually tiring of the thrill of the under 12s trampolining championship she sought new challenges at Bournemouth Film School. Having cut her teeth there on Super 16mm film Faye moved into a wonderful gamut of Cinematography opportunities; filming sharks (fake ones!) underwater in Malta, travelling the world in search of the Seven Wonders, docking a space ship and crashing helicopters into a very big, 'miniature' La Tour Montparnasse!

Faye - Head of Camera, Light and Sound Met Film School


Photo © Jason Gairn 2010
 
With all this excitement it became impossible for Faye to contain her enthusiasm and over 10 years ago she started sharing it with students on a freelance basis at the Met Film School, NYFA and Central St Martin's. A while later Faye became full time at the Met where she now oversees all Cinematography courses and teaches on many as well. She continues her work as a freelance Cinematographer and is currently working on a feature documentary project about intuition with two inspirational Icelandic Directors.
 
Faye's approach to teaching is creative and inclusive, valuing each student's journey above all, regardless of where it may lead them. Faye brings in a fantastic range of working professionals to support her in this monumental task, including (in alphabetical order by surname!) Mark Barrs, Nic Lawson, Nic Morris BSC, Philip Sindall ACO, Robin Vidgeon BSC and Paul Wheeler BSC.

Bren Simson, Head of Student Film Production

 

 

Bren is an NFTS graduate with many years experience directing primetime television drama.

 

 She has acted as lead director on a range of television series including Medics, StarStreet and Island.

 

Her other credits include: Brookside, Press Gang, The Bill, EastEnders and Making Out.

 

Bren's drama documentary credits include 'Addicted to Murder' on Harold Shipman, 'If Oil.. runs out', 'Boy in a Cave' for C4 'Alive' series. 

 

Chris has directed and produced numerous prime time TV shows and movies, both in the UK and America.
 
He’s worked with a wide range of actors & comedians, including Elizabeth Taylor, Rod Steiger, Gregory Peck, Michael Biehn, Giovanni Rabisi, Tia Carrera, Smith and Jones, Andrew Scott, Bill Hicks, Sean Hughes, Denis Leary, Clive Anderson, Felix Dexter & Mike McShane.
 
His body of work includes the landmark comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Winner of the BAFTA award for best director; the Channel 4. 
 
His documentary, The Nicholas Brothers, We Sing and We Dance, won many awards including the Montreux Rose; his movie My Friend Joe, garnered more than a dozen international awards; the Sci-Fi drama series, Lexx created massive cult following.
 
His commercial, MILLERTIME - was a television first: a series of 3 minute long beer commercials.  Based on a David Letterman style talk show and hosted by a mythical Johnny Miller, it featured guests such as Alice Cooper and James Belushi.  It was voted best Ad of the year in both Campaign magazine and the Independent, won a CREATIVE CIRCLE award and collected one silver, two bronze and a diploma in the BRITISH TELEVISION ADVERTISING AWARDS.
 
Also series director/writer/producer on the BBC pioneering broadband show Take One Museum & Producer/Director on the BBC2 prime time documentary-drama series, Nuclear Secrets.
 

 

 

Rory Kilalea - Acting & Directing Tutor

 

Rory has been working in the creative industry since 1970 and has a wealth of filmmaking experience spanning: directing, location management scriptwriting, producing, and acting.

 

As a production manager and director Rory has been responsible for budgeting,planning, cost control, creative scripting and management of over 30 feature films and TV series. He was location manager on Oscar nominated Cry Freedom and he has also worked on a range of TV programmes for the BBC and for HBO.

 

In addition, Rory spent 5 years of his career as a professional actor working with touring companies.

 

Finally has been responsible for writing and producing commercials for a range of blue-chip brands including: Coca Cola, Landrover, Nivea, and Gulf Air. His commercials have won over 20 International awards.

 

Rachel Wood, Head of Screenwriting

 

 

Rachel Wood is Head of Screenwriting and a programme leader at Met Film School, responsible for the development and delivery of screenwriting curriculum across the School.

 
Rachel has a strong background in the industry working in development. She was the Former Head of Production  at Catch23UK and Head of Development at Scala Productions, where she was actively involved in the production of numeruos features including ‘Lost Son’ directed by Chris Menges; ‘Little Voice’ directed by Mark Herman; ‘Last Yellow’ directed by Julian Farino; ‘Last Orders’ directed by Fred Schepisi amongst others.
 
Working as a screenwriting tutor at both the NFTS and Met Film School, Rachel also works on advising students with their meetings with the industry, reading material and assisting students with their successful ‘pitching’ to potential agents and producers.     
 
Rachel has been on the Jury of BAFTA Short Film, as well as the NFTS Advisory Board and Script Factory Board. 

Helen McGregor, Head of Screen Arts


Helen is a writer, actor and lecturer in film history and theory. She trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and worked in professional theatre in Scotland and Ireland for six years before joining Mike Alfred’s company at the National Theatre. She remained at the National for 14 months also working with Sir Richard Eyre. She gave up acting for some years to focus on an Open Univerity Degree and writing: her first novel Schrodinger’s Baby was published in the UK, US and Germany. Her short story The Confession was published in Fresh Blood III in 2000 (The Do Not Press, eds. Mike Ripley, Maxim Jacubowski). Her poetry has been published in several journals and in the anthology of Oxford poetry, East of Auden.

 

Helen taught on the Screen Arts Programme at the National Film and Television School for six years before going to the University of Cambridge’s Moving Image Studio (CUMIS) to do an M.Phil. Here she made two experimental documentaries. Since graduating she has been an Associate Screen Arts Tutor at the NFTS, and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Cambridge, where she has also been an external examiner. In addition, she has taught Experimental Film and Video at Central St Martins School of Art and Design. 

 

She is now acting again with a one woman version of Shakespeare’s Richard III called Now is the Winter, which has played to critical acclaim at Oxfringe and the Edinburgh Fringe and will be performed at Brighton May Festival and at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 2011. Helen has just embarked on a Ph.D.at Kingston University on the use of animals in film. She also gives talks on Film History on P&O Cruises and has twice been around the world giving passengers her potted history of World Cinema ‘All the World’s a Screen’.

 

 

Read Helen's interview, Meet the Tutors - Helen McGregor

(Our Meet the Tutor series is designed to give you an insight into our tutors and their experience at the Met Film School.)

Jamie Nuttgens, Feature Film Production 

 

Jamie Co-Produced Red Riding, David Peace’s dark detective trilogy with Revolution Films for Film Four and produced Smita Bhide’s first feature, the microbudget The Blue Tower, winning Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival 2008. He trained at NFTS and in BBC Drama, Script Editing Jimmy McGovern’s The Lakes and Casualty, before going on to produce at ITV. He has written and directed for network television, directing the first DVCAM drama to be aired in primetime, a Special for The Bill shot live at Notting Hill Carnival. He has been an actor, Stage and Lighting Designer and a Commercial Producer in Independent Radio and recently added editing to his skills roster.

 

Jamie has taught Direction and Screenwriting at NFTS, Westminster University, Polish National Film School Lodz, La Femis Paris, Blanquerna Barcelona and Oxford University and formatted many of the original short courses at Met Film School.

Anthony Alleyne, Senior Tutor Screenwriting and Directing

 

Anthony Alleyne is an award-winning writer/director who has had projects in development with the BBC, as well as having worked on feature film rewrites on projects both in the UK and America.

 

He is currently writing, producing and directing Borderline, a low budget thriller set in the Italian and Austrian Alps, produced by Jamie Nuttgens of Monkey In Heaven Films, and slated for a January 2013 shoot. In addition he is also developing The Removal Man, a thriller set in Colombus, Ohio, USA.

 

Anthony has also been a Board Member of Screen South, formerly The UK Film Council's Regional Screen Agency for the South East, for the last eight years and has been closely involved in the assessment, development, production and financing of a number of UK shorts and features during this time.

 

In 2009 Anthony set up Born Wild, and as well as having developed Borderline, Born Wild has also produced a short film, Boxed In, which aired on Italian national TV, as well as producing a self-funded webisode miniseries.

 

Anthony is a full voting member of Bafta, and speaks Italian to a good standard.

Simon Shore, Senior Tutor in Directing
 
Writer/Director Simon Shore studied film at the Royal College of Art, where he made severalshort films, including LA BOULE, which won a British Academy Award and was short-listed for the Student Oscar. 
 
His work since has included documentaries, commercials, television drama and feature films.  His first feature, GET REAL, won Audience Awards at the Edinburgh, Dinard and Sydney film festivals and was an official selection for Sundance.
 
He has been involved in film education and mentoring for 25 years - teaching writing, directing, editing and cinematography in several schools - and has a particular interest in the short film, having chaired the BAFTA short film jury several times.  
 
He is currently shooting a documentary about happiness and a series of improvisedshort films, while preparing to direct his French language feature script, LA DEMOISELLE HONTEUSE, next year.
 

Giacomo Cimini, Tutor in Short Film Production


Giacomo is a London-based Italian filmmaker, represented by Anthony Mestriner at leading talent agency Casarotto Ramsay. Following his Laurea in Communications from Rome’s La Sapienza University and a filmmaking course at the New York Film Academy, Giacomo earned an MA with distinction in Filmmaking from the London Film School. His graduate sci-fi short film, La Citta’ nel Cielo (City in the Sky), premiered at the 66th Venice Film Festival and achieved online distribution on major platforms. Previous credits include a low budget horror feature and the 8-part TV series Delitti for Fox International’s Fox Crime channel on Sky Italy. 

 

In 2010 Giacomo was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus and awarded funding for the Trailermade competition to direct a promotional trailer for his submarine monster thriller, Bleak Sea. The project was subsequently picked up for development by Working Title Films. Giacomo is currently developing a slate of film projects and is a lecturer at the Met Film School where he teaches Short Film Production.