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    Permanent lecturers and visiting practitioners bring knowledge of contemporary creative industries

Creative connections

The Department of Film, Theatre & Television enjoys a rich network of relationships with the creative industries at local, regional and national levels.

Our students benefit from learning from and working with industry professionals and creative arts institutions, developing a deep knowledge of career pathways and what it means to be a creative practitioner in a range of contexts.

We have ongoing relationships with South Street Arts Centre, such as through our Development and Diversity through Theatre" project. This Arts Council-funded project was created with the goal of developing the work of six companies/practitioners in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television. We also collaborate with Theatre Royal Stratford East through the innovative Home Theatre Project, and with film studio Motionblurr at Pinewood Studios.

We also partner with industry and arts institutions in our research, and many of our postgraduate students bring to the Department their own experiences of professional practice.

Recent visiting industry professionals have included:

  • Duncan Macmillan – Playwright, Director and Alumnus (People Places Things, Lungs, 1984)
  • ice & fire – theatre company dedicated to making work about human rights stories (The Island Nation, Lost and Found, My Skype Family)
  • Actors for Human Rights – a network of 700 professional actors across the UK who do rehearsed readings of documentary plays to draw attention to human rights abuses
  • RashDash – experimental theatre company that makes work about how theatre reflects and affects the world (Two Man Show, We Want You to Watch, The Ugly Sisters)
  • Rachel Heyburn – Director of East of West Theatre Company, Alumna (The Slave, Pussy Riot at Banksy's Dismaland, In Quest of Conscience)
  • Oladipo Agboluaje – Playwright (New Nigerians, The Hounding of David Oluwale)
  • Ian McNeice visits Minghella StudiosIan McNeice – actor of stage, RSC and screen (Doc Martin, Doctor Who, Ace Ventura, and Valkyrie and Nicholas Nickleby)
  • Chris Roberts – Supervising Sound Editor (Death in Paradise, The Royals, Ripper Street, Fortitude, Alien vs Predator, and X-Men 2)
  • John Podpadec – Director Of Photography for BBC, ITV and Channel 4 (Horizon, Equinox, Secret Histories, Trouble at the Top, Living with the Tudors, and Jaywick Escapes)
  • Ruhi Hamid – Self shooting Director and Producer (Extreme Russia with Reggie Yates, The Traffickers, Dark Side of Adoption​, Unreported World, Mexico's Baby Business)​
  • Ruhi Hamid with Film, Theatre and Television students in Minghella StudiosOlivia Lichtenstein – BAFTA award-winning documentary, Director and Executive , former Creative Director of BBC Docs (Prince Philip at 90, The Vera Lynn Story, Broadmoor)
  • Danny NissIm – Line Producer/Production Manager (Country Life, Jaywick, Richard Hammond's Blast Lab)
  • Mike Gubbins – Sampo Media, Former Editor of Screen International, Speaker at Film Conferences and Chair of Film Agency Wales Ffilm Cymru (film production fund)
  • James Hawes – director (Black Mirror, UndercoverThe Challenger & BAFTA Nominated for ENID starring Helena Bonham Carter)
  • Kelly MacDonald – actress (Black Mirror, T2 Trainspotting, No Country for Old MenSwallows and Amazons and Harry  Potter and the Deathly Hallows) 
  • WKelly McDonald and James Hawes visit Minghella Studios to meet staff and studentseerada Sucharitkul – CEO & founder of Filmdoo, a global film streaming platform for independent film and former investment analyst Barclays
  • Beatrice Neumann – Film CEO Digital Agency ADDA and previously Sales and Acquisition The Works
  • Martin Ellerbeck – UK Sales Manager, Pond 5, licenses stock footage, music, photography, & sound effects
  • Bhavnisha Parmar – actress and voice over artist: (Guilty Pleasures, Darren Has a Breakdown, campaigns for Philips, BBC and HSBC)
  • Maurice Caldera – Novelist, Screenwriter and Screenplay Tutor, NFTS (The Double Life of Daniel Glick, Io Arlecchino)

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  • Focus Group : Touring production by alumnus Terry O'Donovan (TOOT)

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