Guiding lights mentee Matthew Orton (left) and mentor Matt Charman (right)
Guiding lights mentee Matthew Orton (left) and mentor Matt Charman (right)


06 January 2016

A Hollywood deal for one of our mentor-mentee teams is the perfect beginning to the seventh wave of Guiding Lights film mentoring partnerships.

Jennifer Majka (top, far right) with her fellow Guiding Lights 7 mentees
Jennifer Majka (top, far right) with her fellow Guiding Lights 7 mentees

We’re pleased to announce the mentors for the seventh wave of Guiding Lights – the film industry’s flagship mentoring scheme, run by Lighthouse, with support from Creative Skillset.

Director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena), writer Abi Morgan (Suffragette, Shame) and producer Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, Ex Machina) join an illustrious list of established names in UK cinema who will support emerging film professionals to develop and progress in their careers.

Underscoring the value of the mentor/mentee relationship is the recent news that film studio MGM has secured current participant Matthew Orton’s Nazi-era thriller about the team that hunted down and captured Adolf Eichmann. The film will be exec produced by Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman, who began mentoring Orton earlier this year. It is the latest in a string of mentees collaborating with their mentors, including Nicky Bentham whose mentor Barbara Broccoli came on board as Executive Producer on the feature The Silent Storm.

Mentor Matt Charman says: “It has been such a thrill to mentor Matt. We grab coffee and chat about where he is at and what he is excited about with every project he’s working on. I give whatever advice I can, but it is his own enthusiasm and excitement that has powered our meet-ups together. Now, with the sale of his spec script to MGM and directors circling, I feel he is really on his way. It’s been an honour to have been part of the journey for such an important new British voice and I’d advise anybody who is asked to mentor to say yes in a heart beat”.

Fellow mentor Abi Morgan, who credits a number of mentors in helping her in her own career, is mentoring on Guiding Lights for a second time. She comments: “I am so excited to be working with Guiding Lights again. The only way we get more diversity in front and behind the camera is to pass on to the next generation and ensure they are snapping at our heels.”

Lighthouse Senior Producer Emily Kyriakides adds: “Guiding Lights is approaching its tenth year, and we are incredibly proud of the collaborations and mentorships which have continued well beyond the framework of the scheme.”

Visit our Guiding Lights 7 page for the full list of mentors and mentees.

Find out more about the Guiding Lights scheme, here.



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