BA (Hons) coursesFilm Production

Meet the Team

So much more than teaching.

Our team doesn’t just inform – they inspire with memorable, groundbreaking courses.

The BA (Hons) Film Production Course teaching staff mirrors the range of specialisms found within a professional film production team. Course staff engage in on-going professional work and have an impressive depth of industry experience, together with a passionate commitment to education in film.

Dr. Jonathan Carr

Course Leader

Course Leader | Documentary

Jonathan became Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Film Production course at AUB in April 2017. He is also a filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Documentary. He recently completed a PhD by Creative Practice at the University of York. His recent film work includes the feature documentary My Brother the Ark Raider (2013) and short documentary Get Luder (2010), which won the Delphic European Film Award. He co-manages the production company Plainview Films. Prior to his film and academic career, Jonathan worked as a news journalist on a number of national newspaper titles. His current research is focused on a theoretical and creative investigation of how the normalisation of surveillance technology and practices are influencing the way in which we watch and interact with each other in relation to film, television, online material and news.

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Marek Budzynski

Senior Lecturer - Editing


Marek began working in the film industry in 1979, having graduated from the Royal College of Art Film School in 1983 with a Masters Degree in Film and Television. He started directing, editing and shooting a variety of projects including films, documentaries, music videos and commercials and corporate work. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Editing on the BA Film Production Course at Arts University Bournemouth.

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Thomas Strudwick

Senior Lecturer

Production Executive

Tom has worked extensively in development, acquisitions, production, business affairs, sales and marketing and training both in the UK and Internationally. Films include Muriel’s Wedding, Mike Leigh’s Secrets & Lies; Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher, Pedro Almodóvar’s All About my Mother and Michael Winterbottom’s The Claim.

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Witold Stok

Senior Lecturer - Cinematography

Cinematographer | Documentary Director

Films include the much awarded Personnel, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski’s, with whom he has also made documentaries. Other directors Witold has worked with in Poland include Marek Piwowski, Tomasz Zygadło, Marcel Lozinski, Andrzej Titkow, Edward Zebrowski.  In the UK his films include; Hidden CityClose My Eyes and Century by Stephen Poliakoff, Two Deaths by Nicolas Roeg, The Stringer by Pawel Pawlikowski, Among Giants by Sam Miller, The Match by Michael Davies and Gladiatress by Brian Grant. He has also directed a string of award-winning documentaries in the UK and has taught at a number of institutions including the Polish Film School.

Member of British Cinematographers Society

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David Munns

Principal Lecturer

Production Designer

Credits include; the Oscar nominated, multi award winning ‘Before The Rain’ directed by Milcho Manchevski,  the Oscar winning (Best Short Film category) ‘Six Shooter’ directed by Martin McDonagh as well as ‘Mothers’, ’Dust’ and ‘Shadows’ which were all directed by Milcho Manchevski . Together with many television dramas and commercials, David has recently received an Award from the Government of Macedonia for his contribution to their film industry through his work with Milcho Manchevski.

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Robert Hardcastle

Senior Lecturer - Sound


Rob is Senior Lecturer in Film Sound at Arts University Bournemouth. He is currently undertaking research at Australian National University (ANU) that focuses on sound’s role in the creation of identity & place.

Rob has worked as sound editor, sound designer & re-recording mixer on a variety of projects including award-winning, and Oscar and BAFTA nominated, features, shorts, broadcast documentaries, animations and sound installations.

Rob was a Sennheiser & Skillset Scholar at the National Film & Television School (NFTS) where he studied for an MA in Sound Design and graduated with the Dolby Award for Best Sound.

Previous to his work in sound post-production, as a sound recordist & producer, Rob had recorded in diverse environments, from the jungles of India and Indonesia to venues including Wigmore Hall and King’s Place in London.

Rob is a member of the Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS) and has written for their journal.

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Dr. Andrew Vallance

Senior Lecturer


Andrew Vallance is a filmmaker, writer and curator. He has shown work at Rotterdam, Onedotzero, Locarno, film festivals and Whitechapel gallery.

He recently co-curated Contact: a festival of experimental film and video (Apiary Studios, London, 2016) and Assembly: a survey of recent artist film and Video in Britain 2008-13(Tate, 2014-5).

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Dr. Patti Gaal-Holmes

Senior Lecturer

Patti Gaal-Holmes is a Lecturer in Film Production at Arts University Bournemouth. Her cross-disciplinary practice includes working with moving image (celluloid and digital), photography and drawing.

Processes of thinking between theory and practice are integral to methodological approaches and materiality forms an important part in directing the outcome of visual work. Patti’s doctoral thesis on 1970s British experimental film was supported by an AHRC grant and formed part of the ‘1970s British Cinema’ project at the University of Portsmouth. 

Research interests include experimental film and its broader contexts related to cinema and the visual arts, as well as discourses on identity, migration and post/colonialism. She has exhibited and screened visual works, written a number of essays, a book on A History of 1970s British Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity (2015, Palgrave Macmillan) and is Reviews Editor for the Routledge journal, Transnational Cinemas. 

She has secured research grants from the AHRB and AHRC and from Arts Council England for practice-based work. She is currently working on a series of short films and related photographs, investigating personal and political histories within the contexts of post/colonialism, exile, memory and belonging.

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Digby Elliott

Senior Lecturer


Digby was engaged ostensibly throughout the 1970s on BBC documentary productions but by the early 1980s a transference to fiction was firmly in place. This specialisation led to Camera Operating on drama productions for most major networks and film production companies both in the UK and internationally.

By the 1990s he had progressed to become Director Of Photography for commercials and drama productions. Part of his role as Senior Lecturer at AUB has been to forge strong links between the university and the films industry. Digby also continues to carry out consultancy roles in the pre production of Commercial and Fiction productions.

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Clare Cahill

Senior Lecturer - Producing


Clare Cahill is a lecturer in film production and is also a working independent producer.

Clare initially qualified in Melbourne, Australia with BA (Hons) in Criminology. As well as working as an academic criminologist, she has been a clerk of courts in the Magistrates Court of Victoria and a volunteer emergency services worker in the State Emergency Service.

Clare always had a deep passion for cinematic storytelling, so after relocating to the UK in 2007 she took advantage of the vibrant independent film sector to follow this passion, and has since forged a successful career with more than 30 screen credits.

Clare is a member of the Production Guild of Great Britain and is frequently asked to speak about independent and low budget production. She has presented for the Production Guild, Moneypenny Film Accounting and BAFTA Guru. She is also a production mentor for the Malta Film Commission.

She brings this wealth of experience together with good humour and a liberal smattering of common sense to her teaching.

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Mark Sheldon

Senior Lecturer - Directing


Mark is Senior Lecturer in Directing on the BA (Hons) Film Production course at AUB. A passionate filmmaker, Mark draws from his 30 years’ experience as a Director to inspire a new generation of filmmakers.

Trained initially as a Photographer, Mark’s desire for creativity and travel took him to Hong Kong where he lived and worked for 12 years. The invitation to work on a commercial for Chase Bank as DOP was the defining point when Mark fell in love with film, and from which he has never looked back.

He joined Academy One Films (HK) as a Director in 1987, since when he has directed over 700 commercials and films for major clients, charities and government organisations all around the world.

Campaigns Mark has worked on have received awards at the Clios, The 4As in Asia and The IVCA awards in London. Mark was awarded a Fellowship distinction of the Royal Photographic Society for his film work in 1999.

Since undertaking his MA in Photography at AUB in 2013, Mark has been a Visiting lecturer on the BA (Hons) Digital Media Production, BA (Hons) Creative Events Management and BA (Hons) Film Production courses.

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Ronald Gow

Senior Lecturer - Production Design

Production Designer

Ronald taught at the University of Westminster on The Film Production Course since 1992. He also has taught on The Urban Design Course at the Faculty of The Built Environment. He was an Associate Lecturer at the Drama Centre, Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London from 2010

He did his M.A. at The Northern School of Film & Television, specializing in Production Design after which he trained at the BBC in the Scenic Design Department.

He has designed both for Film and Television, drama and documentary and has also designed (and built) a number of public exhibitions, commercial interiors and furniture. He’d love to design an Opera but no one has asked him yet!

Between 1999-2006 collaborating with Julie Lambden the six part series The Spice of Life was developed and realised: a cultural-historical and social investigation of Spices told through the plants, where they grow, how they are used and how they are, have been mythologised. A further project from this is being developed exploring the relationships between Britain and India.


He is also at present actively researching the relationship between John Buchan and Cinema. Hitchcock films Buchan’s 1915 novel ‘The 39 Steps’ in 1935 but how much was Buchan influenced by Cinema and Cinema influenced by Buchan the interwar years?

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Bren Simson

Senior Lecturer - Directing


Bren was the lead director on a range of television drama series including Medics, StarStreet and Island. Other credits include Brookside, Press Gang, The Bill, Eastenders and Making Out. Drama documentary credits include ‘Addicted to Murder’ on Harold Shipman.

She has taught filmmaking at a number of institutions most recently The Met Film School, Ealing Studios, where she was Head of Directing and the BBC as a trainer in single camera drama.

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Carl Reader

Lecturer - Postproduction and Sound

Postproduction and Sound

Carl joined the animation team in January 2015.  While at university he studied Film Production specialising in film editing and is an Avid Certified Instructor.

He was worked on a shorts films, an independent feature as well as various commercial and corporate projects.

Carl’s role within the course is to provide general support to staff and students and manages department resources.

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Babak Jani

Lecturer - Cinematography


Babi who joined the AUB film production team in January 2017 has worked in camera and lighting department since 2006 and in different capacities. As a Cinematographer and Gaffer, he had been involved with over 80 projects including Fiction and Documentary Features and Shorts, Commercials, Music Videos and Video Arts.

His background in Fine Arts and Philosophy helped him to be a recognised as an aesthetic cinematographer in experimental filmmaking. He has recently been involved in Games Design and Animation fields as the Cinematographer/Lighting Designer.

Babi’s aim is to improve the understanding of the ‘Role of Cinematographers’ as visual storytellers by creating a link between philosophical arguments, social movements, cinematographic techniques and film technology.

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