Film BA Honours course team
Course Director, Film and Television BA
After reading English at UCL, Peter Hort worked as an assistant film editor at the BBC, and as an offline video editor before moving into production. He was a drama and documentary producer for 15 years, with a focus on international co-production, including ‘Magic’ (Norddeutsche Rundfunk and Lombard Productions), Angleterre Underground (Channel 4, FR2 and Eurimages) and Murder in Padua (Channel 4 and Berlin Film Fund). He has an MA in Film Theory and has been teaching since 2002.
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Course Leader, Film and Television: Theory, Culture and Industry MA
Educated at the London School of Economics, the Polytechnic of Central London/University of Westminster and the Royal College of Art, Ian has taught part- and full-time at the University since 1978, both on the BA (Hons) Film and Television Production and the earlier MA in Film and Television Studies.
He has also taught on the London University Extra Mural Certificate in Film Studies and at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, the London College of Printing and Royal College of Art. His research interests have included narrative and structuralist theory and masculinity in the cinema, and popular forms of television.
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Producer and Writer
Simon Passmore studied English at Cambridge University and then as a graduate fellow at Boston University before returning to Britain with a master's degree. He entered the television industry as researcher and director on Channel 4 factual series Years Ahead. He then worked for four years as a script editor in the Drama Series & Serials department at the BBC, before producing A Sense Of Guilt for BBC1. Moving to the BBC’s Drama Films department he produced Traitors, Do Not Disturb, The Law Lord and Seconds Out.
After leaving the BBC to set up his own production company, Tyro Films, Simon continued to develop, script edit and produce drama projects for Tyro and other companies, including Seventeen (C4/British Screen), Out Of Hours (Tyro/BBC), Imogen's Face (Tyro/ITV), An Evil Streak (ITV), Forgive and Forget (ITV), Pretending To Be Judith (Tyro/ITV), Foyle's War series I & II (ITV) and Whose Baby? (ITV).
As writer, his recent credits include ‘Leverage’ (60’ radio play, BBC R4, 2011) – Time Out pick of the week – ‘The Patient’ (30’ radio play, BBC R4, 2011) – Time Out pick of the week – and ‘Going To Ground’ (60' radio play, BBC R4, 2010)
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A graduate of BA Film & Television Production, Zoe subsequently completed her MA in Screen Arts at the Northern Media School, Sheffield. She has worked as a Vision Supervisor for Outside Broadcasts worldwide and also in the areas of technological management and research for numerous broadcasters, including MTV Networks and Associated Press Television News.
Her research interests include technological development in digital filmmaking and broadcasting, specifically Web 2.0, IPTV and Digital Cinematography. She is also currently developing a documentary project about peoples’ relationship with their home environment.
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Dr Margherita Sprio
Senior Lecturer, Film and Television Theory, History and Aesthetics
Dr Margherita Sprio studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths (University of London) and The Slade School of Art (University College London) and then worked for a time showing her work internationally before going on to gain her PhD at Goldsmiths. She moved from making photographic and film works to writing and teaching about film and visual culture. She joined the University of Westminster in 2011 and has previously taught at a number of institutions including Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths, Middlesex University, Central St Martins and most recently the University of Essex.
Dr Sprio has also worked as a Script Reader (Renaissance Film &Theatre Production Company), Artist’s Assistant (Luis Camitzer & Judith Barry, New York/London), Curator (The Meyer Gallery, London), and as Screening and Film Programming Consultant (Firstsite Contemporary Art Gallery, Colchester).
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Editing & Post-Production
Julie's professional credits in editing include feature films, TV drama, documentaries and independent short films for the BBC and Channel 4. Other work covers design and prop making for films, exhibition design and animation. Julie is responsible for work placements and professional practice on the course.
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Professor Joram ten Brink
Documentary Film Maker
Joram ten Brink is a filmmaker and a Professor of Film at the University of Westminster. He studied musicology and visual anthropology in Holland before moving to England. He completed his practice-based PhD in 1999 at Middlesex University (with Prof Roy Armes) on the Essay Film. Joram ten Brink works as a writer/director of documentary and experimental films in the UK and Holland. His films have been broadcast and theatrically released in the UK, USA, Holland, Israel, France, Germany and Spain, and screened at the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals and at MOMA in New York. Prof. ten Brink is the director of the Centre for Production and Research of Documentary Film at the University of Westminster. Recent publications include Building Bridges – the Cinema of Jean Rouch (2007) and Image in Violence (2010).
Chris teaches theory modules on CMP. His teaching and research interests include popular music, film, postmodernism, cyberculture, and he is currently writing on the aesthetics of risk, pathology and the accident in the mass media. He received his honours degree in Media and Communications Studies and MA in Cultural Studies at the University of East London (1996-2000), and is in the process of completing his PhD thesis, entitled “Renegade Hardware: speed, science fiction and futurism in drum 'n' bass” at London South Bank University. Chris has also composed a number of soundtracks for installations and short films, including the award-winning Purgatory (dir: Chi Yu 2002). He also contributes to the Film and Television Production subject area.
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