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London has a new college for budding filmmakers, one that comes with the support of some of the U.K.’s best-known producers and aims to address issues concerning diversity behind the camera.
The London Screen Academy (LSA), which was launched Wednesday and is now accepting applications ahead of its opening in September 2019, is a free, state-funded school for 16- to 19-year-olds and was founded by multiple award-winning producers including Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Darkest Hour, Baby Driver), Heyday Films’ David Heyman (Harry Potter, Paddington), Eon Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson (the James Bond franchise) and Lisa Bryer (The Last King of Scotland).
“As founders we believe that everyone who has a passion for film-making should have the opportunity for a career behind the camera in one of the many jobs in the screen industries,” Bevan said in a statement. “We want to make the seemingly inaccessible film and television worlds accessible. We believe that our workforce should better reflect the diversity and cultural richness of the city in which we live.”
Based in the London borough of Islington, the LSA is set to train students for a career in the film and TV industries with a project-based curriculum replicating industry standards and working methods. Games and VR/AR will be part of its future offerings.
In its first year, the LSA is expected to welcome some 300 students, with the figure set to grow to a capacity of 1,000.
Nick Watkiss, an experienced school head with 15 years’ experience, serves as principal designate.
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