Staff on the course

The course ethos attracts and is supported by visiting lecturers from all disciplines who are experienced and practicing film specialists. In the last two years, MA students have had the opportunity to attend workshops by professionals from across the film industry including:

  • Producers: Sandy Lieberson and Huw Penault Jones
  • Cinematographers: Nic Morris and Hugh Gordon
  • 1st AD’s: David Lawley-Wakelin and Cordelia Hardy
  • Script supervisors: Marzenna Hiles
  • Directors: Noella Smith, Brian Gilbert, Milcho Manchevski and Terence Davies

You can find out more about the teaching staff on the course by exploring their profiles below.

Marek Budzynski Senior Lecturer

Having graduated from the Royal College of Art Film School with a Masters Degree in Film and Television, Marek started directing, editing and...

Dr. Jonathan Carr Course Leader

Jonathan is a filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Documentary. He recently completed a PhD by Creative Practice at the University of York. His recent...

Digby Elliott Senior Lecturer

Digby’s specialism in cameras led to him camera operating on drama productions for most major networks and film production companies both in...

Dr. Patti Gaal-Holmes Senior Lecturer

Patti completed a BA (Hons) Visual Art and AHRB-funded MA Painting at Winchester School of Art before commencing with an AHRC-funded research...

Robert Hardcastle Senior Lecturer

Rob is Senior Lecturer in Film Sound at Arts University Bournemouth. He is currently undertaking research at Australian National University (ANU)...

Babak Jani Lecturer

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...

Jonathan Lewis Lecturer

Jonathan Lewis is an International Emmy award-winning film-maker and novelist. Jonathan directed his first one hour documentary at the age of...

Brenda Simson Senior Lecturer

Bren was the lead director on a range of television drama series including Medics, StarStreet and Island. Other credits...

Witold Stok Cinematographer, Documentary Director

Films include the much awarded Personnel, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski’, with whom he has also made documentaries.

Thomas Strudwick Production Executive

Tom has worked extensively in development, acquisitions, production, business affairs, sales and marketing and training both in the UK and...

Dr. Romana Turina Senior Lecturer

Romana Turina is an experienced filmmaker and researcher with a demonstrated history of working internationally both in the film industry and the...

Dr. Andrew Vallance Senior Lecturer

Andrew teaches film theory and history. He has recently completed a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art. He has curated a number of...

Andrew Zinnes Visiting Tutor

Andrew toiled in Hollywood development for top producers, Norman Lear (Stand by Me and The Princess Bride) and Donald De Line (Domestic...

Andrew Zinnes

Visiting Tutor

Andrew toiled in Hollywood development for top producers, Norman Lear (Stand by Me and The Princess Bride) and Donald De Line (Domestic Disturbance and The Italian Job) for more than a decade.

He soon craved to be more hands-on in the creative process and worked on documentary/reality TV productions for MTV, TruTV, Telemundo and mun2.

Wanting to give back to the community, Andrew became the co-author of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook, part of the best selling The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook series.

He interviewed literally hundreds of documentary professionals – many his colleagues – so that others could avoid pitfalls and land mines in a genre where you might actually deal with pitfalls and land mines.

His latest film, Paper Promises, aired on Super Channel, Canada.