Past GL mentors & mentees (from top l, clockwise): Michael Lavelle & Lone Scherfig, Kevin Macdonald & Samantha Harrie, Gurinder Chadha & Deva Palmer, Alison Thompson & Katheryn Needham, Gaëlle Denis & Mike Newell, Barbara Broccoli & Nicky Bentham
Past GL mentors & mentees (from top l, clockwise): Michael Lavelle & Lone Scherfig, Kevin Macdonald & Samantha Harrie, Gurinder Chadha & Deva Palmer, Alison Thompson & Katheryn Needham, Gaëlle Denis & Mike Newell, Barbara Broccoli & Nicky Bentham

GUIDING LIGHTS 6 ANNOUNCES MENTORS


18 December 2014

The UK film industry's leading mentoring scheme pairs new voices with major names.

Lighthouse is pleased to unveil another all-star line-up of mentors for Guiding Lights, the UK’s flagship film mentoring scheme. Established in 2006 and run by Lighthouse, with support from Creative Skillset, it connects emerging talents in film production, direction, screenwriting and exhibition with established industry figures.

This year’s mentor/mentee pairings are as follows:

DIRECTORS

- Michael Pearce – mentor: James Marsh (Man On Wire, Shadow Dancer)
- Elizabeth Stopford – mentor: Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Marley)
- Rachel Tunnard – mentor: Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Southcliffe)
- Jack Weatherley – mentor: TBC

WRITERS

- Joy Wilkinson – mentor: Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Thor)
- Line Langebek – mentor: Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People, The Railway Man)
- George Kane – mentor: Dan Mazer (Borat, Bruno)

PRODUCERS

- Paul Fischer – mentor: Alison Owen (The Other Boleyn Girl, Saving Mr Banks)
- Elhum Shakerifar – mentor: Kate Ogborn (The Spirit of ’45, The Deep Blue Sea)
- Alex Thiele – mentor: Julie Baines (Triangle, Creep)
- Emily Morgan – mentor: Ed Guiney (The Guard, Shadow Dancer)

EXHIBITORS

- Rebecca Marshall – mentor: Iain Christie (Film Scholar & Europa Cinemas)
- Jonathan Hyde – mentor: Helen Dewitt (BFI Head of Cinemas)
- David Parker – mentor: Mark Dobson (Chief Executive, Tyneside Cinema)

The matching of mentors with mentees is carefully considered to foster the most effective and illuminating experience. Over nine months, mentors work closely with their mentees with the aim of equipping them with the skills and contacts they need to take their careers to the next level.

Kevin Macdonald, who is mentoring for Guiding Lights for a third time says:

“Film directors are solitary by nature. We rarely get to discuss our craft with other directors. That’s why Guiding Lights is such a valuable scheme. What I really love about it is that I learn as much – maybe more – from the mentee as they learn from me!”

Previous years have featured mentors such as Danny Boyle, Sam Mendes, Barbara Broccoli, Abi Morgan, Julian Fellowes and Nira Park, and mentees have gone on to produce more than 30 features, with numerous collaborations and partnerships occurring between Guiding Lights participants.

Emily Kyriakides, Senior Producer at Lighthouse, says:

“Each year, we are bowled over by the generosity of the industry luminaries willing to come on board as mentors. The relationships forged through Guiding Lights often last far beyond the programme, and it’s wonderful to see the mentees go from strength to strength as a result of them.”

Lighthouse is pleased to be partnering again with STUDIOCANAL, which has sponsored Guiding Lights for five years, demonstrating its commitment to new talent by supporting the programme year on year.

More than 250 people applied for places on this year’s Guiding Lights scheme, which requires mentees to demonstrate a solid track record in their fields as well as the potential to shape the creative landscape of the future. The selected participants hail from across the UK and beyond, and bring a range of different perspectives on the world, with credits in film, TV, theatre, documentary, comedy, radio and commercials.

This year, Lighthouse has also partnered with Film Hub South East – part of the BFI Film Audience Network – to support the participation of three exhibition professionals from the South East.



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