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Film, music and television director Adam Smith

Wednesday 18 October 
The ShowRoom

Adam Smith is a multi award-winning film, television drama, documentary, and music video director.

This year saw the release of Adam Smith’s debut feature film, ‘Trespass Against Us’, starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson, a crime drama set in the traveller community, but he is, perhaps, best-known for 20 years working with global electronic dance music superstars The Chemical Brothers. His wild, surreal live visuals have set a benchmark for the way large scale concerts are presented, as was captured in his feature-length 2012 Chemical Brothers concert film, ‘Don’t Think’. He co-directed the Chemical Brothers 2015 Born in the Echoes World Tour – described by The Guardian as “an all-round aesthetic explosion” – controlling all from centre-stage beside Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands. The show headlined Glastonbury, Primavera and other festivals.

Adam is a successful television director. He directed four scene-setting episodes in the first series of controversial teen drama ‘Skins’, which helped launch the careers of Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel and Kaya Scodelario. He was behind the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘The Eleventh Hour’, which introduced Matt Smith as the 11th Incarnation of The Doctor, as well as two further episodes in the fifth season (since its 21st century revival). And he directed six episodes of the BBC’s multi-Emmy Award-winning BBC Dickens drama, Little Dorrit.

Adam was creative director of rapper Plan B latest shows, and has worked with The Streets. His award-winning video for The Streets’ ‘Blinded by the Light’, which was banned from television, has been viewed almost three million times on YouTube.

His documentaries for Channel 4 include an early portrait of the Grime music scene, ‘Wot Do U Call It?’, and ‘A.I.P.S’, which looked at a group of Englishmen who re-enact the Vietnam War in Kent. He has also directed short films, such as the award-winning comedy-musical, ‘What Goes Up Must Come Down’, starring Charlie Creed Miles (and featuring a cameo from Kathy Burke).

Adam has made commercials for Adidas (starring Paul Pogba), Nike (starring Wayne Rooney) and The Children’s Society amongst others. His short film for the Jaguar F type launch starring Damian Lewis premiered at Sundance London 2013.

Thomas H Green will be talking to Adam about multiple aspects of his career, as well as looking at clips of his work. This event is a must for any student or member of staff interested in film or TV in any capacity, as well as event visuals and presentation.

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Producer Laurie Borg

Friday 8 December
The ShowRoom 
Time TBC

Adam Locks interviews producer of the hugely popular series Black Mirror Laurie Borg. Laurie has also produced televisions series Peaky Blinders, as well as the hit films Sense and Sensibility and Little Voice. 

So far we've heard from: 

Polly Higgins (Ecocide Law: The Fifth Crime Against Peace): Polly Higgins has been named by The Ecologist as “one of the world’s ten most influential thinkers”. She is a lawyer who has campaigned tirelessly to place the Law of Ecocide onto the global political agenda. This law would prohibit extensive damage, destruction, or loss of ecosystems and the natural environment. 


Phil Grabsky (documentary film-maker): His company, Seventh Art Productions, has produced documentaries for television and cinema. Phil’s cinema films include The Boy Mir –Ten Years in Afghanistan and his composer series which includes: In Search of…Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and, most recently, Chopin. He has also made major series such as Channel 4‘s ‘Spain – in the Shadow of the Sun’ and ‘The Great Commanders’, BBC’s ‘I Caesar’, Five & Sky Arts’s ‘Tim Marlow’ arts strand, and six award-winning history films with Monty Python’s Terry Jones. Phil is to discuss his career followed by a Q&A. 


Ben Pugh (film producer): Discussed his work in the low budge hit Shifty and recent British action movie Welcome to the Punch (Mark Strong/James Macavoy/David Morrissey) with Michael Holley.


David Morrissey: David is best known for television roles in State of Play, Sense and Sensibility, Blackpool, Red Riding, The Deal, Doctor Who and most recently, Thorne. Highly respected as a theatre actor he has also featured in many films including Hilary and Jackie, Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Stoned, Basic Instinct 2, The Reaping, Centurion, and Is Anybody There?. In addition to acting, David has his own production company Tubedale Films, directing and producing the 2009 film, Don’t Worry About Me.


Philip Glenister (actor): Best known for playing Gene Hunt in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, as well as Quinn Paterson in Mad Dogs.


Hilary Bevan Jones (award-winning TV and film producer): Hilary is best known for producing the TV classics Red Dwarf, Cracker and State of Play. Her most recent work saw her producing the Richard Curtis feature film The Boat That Rocked.

Brian Clemens (TV producer): Best known for the Avengers and Professionals, as well writing for many other popular television series including Danger Man, The Champions, The Persuaders, Thriller, Bergerac, Perry Mason, and Remington Steele. Brian has also written screenplays for a number of feature films including Dr Jeckyll and Sister Hyde, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (which he also directed), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The Watcher in the Woods, and Highlander II: The Quickening.


Robert Watts (producer): Robert is the producer of many films, most notably Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (associate producer), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (co-producer), Raiders of the Lost Ark (associate producer), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (producer), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (producer), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (producer), and Alive (producer). In a highly distinguished career that has seen Robert work for Steven Spielberg five times and George Lucas six, he has also worked with Ken Russell, Stanley Kubrick, and Roman Polanski.


Tim Pope (Pop promo director): Tim Pope has made over 200 music videos with, amongst others, Fatboy Slim, The Kaiser Chiefs, David Bowie, Neil Young, Queen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Beautiful South, Paul McCartney, Style Council, Wham!, Iggy Pop, and The Cure. In 1991, Pope co-founded the production company Cowboy Films which went on to produce feature films such as the Oscar/BAFTA winner The Last King of Scotland (2006). In 2012 Tim was the subject of a Sky TV documentary, meeting up with friends such as Paul Weller, Marc Almond, Norman Cook and Robert Smith.


Hong Khaou (Writer and director): Hong Khaou discussed his 2014 feature film ‘Lilting’ starring Ben Wishaw.