Meet the team
All staff at The Film Academy Edinburgh are PVG cleared through Disclosure Scotland, and in addition pass an annual Child Protection course.
All staff are paediatric first aid trained.
Creative Director & Producer
Graham Kitchener is an award-winning filmmaker, with experience as a writer, director, cameraman, editor and producer. Involved in youth work for over 30 years, he began his creative career in advertising within the Saatchi & Saatchi group.Teaching film to young people across Scotland for the past 10 years, including at the Edinburgh Pauline Quirke Academy, films created by his students have been nominated and won at film festivals around the world.
He continues to write and direct films for major organisations including Apple Inc, Jack Daniels, NHS and 2020 Productions, in addition to several independent short films.
Gudni Líndal Benediktsson
Screenwriting Tutor & Production Mentor
Guðni graduated from the Icelandic Film School in 2012, and then worked on the sets of feature films like Of Horses and men (2013) and Thor 2: The Dark World (2013), along with a number of short films.
In 2016, he graduated with honors from Screen Academy Scotland with a MA degree in Screenwriting.
He has written four published Icelandic children books, one of which won The Icelandic Children Book Award 2014.
Guðni was also one of the story writers for the mobile video game Box Island (2015), a game designed to teach children the basics in programming, and is a founding member of Fenrir Films, an Icelandic production company.
When he is not thinking of new creatures to put in his next books, he spends his time writing scripts for all manner of films, comics or video games.
Kay studied acting at Edinburgh College and then the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2018 and awarded with the Rosalyn Lipsey Prize for ‘Best Woman in a Comedy Role’.
Throughout her training and since graduating Kay has worked across the industry, gaining experience in film, TV, theatre and radio. Her credits include television series The Loch (ITV), world premier theatre production The Panopticon (National Theatre of Scotland) and radio drama Killing Kate (BBC Radio 4).
Kay is very passionate about teaching and working with young people, encouraging them to build confidence and further their acting skills. She is thrilled to be back in Edinburgh and teaching at the Film Academy!
Post Production tutor
Sarah Fairbrother graduated with a distinction in Film Directing (MA) from Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in creative documentary.
She works as a freelance filmmaker and editor, creating films which have at their heart, human-centred stories. Her short films have included Wild Winter Swim (2016), Losing Ground (2017), Finding Sid (2018) and A Different Approach (2019).
She works with charities and businesses to create video content and is currently developing her first film in 360.
Anna is an actor and singer from nearby Milan, Italy. She has a BA in Cultural Heritage Studies in Italy and an MA in Cinema in France. She has been involved in ensemble physical theatre, working with vulnerable people and wrote her thesis on it.
She’s interested in acting methodology and also studied the method of Anatolij Vasiliev, participating in numerous improvisation workshops (etjud’s method) and hard physical training.
She moved to Edinburgh in 2015 and graduated in Acting for Stage and Screen (Queen Margaret University and Napier University) in 2017. During her studies she also started singing and dancing, performing in the Scottish Jazz and Blues scene ever since.
Since graduating she has participated in theatre and Musical theatre productions, has gone on to study Physical theatre and written two solo shows that she performed at Edfringe18 and Edfringe19: Don’t follow me and Late Bloomers’ Tales. She loves teaching acting and engaging with people of different ages and backgrounds, finding different ways to inspire them and their creativity.
Rachael is a Fife born actress. She studied Acting at Edinburgh’s Telford College and has worked in theatre, TV and film since.
She later went to finish her degree at New College Lanarkshire, where she obtained a First Class Honours degree in Acting.
Most recent screen credits include: Clique (BBC3), Edie (Capewrath films), Bruised (Little City Pictures), Stealing Second (Dugbus films), In town slow down (Leith Agency), River City (BBC).
Rachael also works as a drama facilitator at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow as well as an acting for screen coach on a freelance basis.
She has a passion for getting young people involved in making their own work and can’t wait to meet everyone at Film Academy Edinburgh!
Paul studied illustration and design at Edinburgh’s Telford College.
Since then he was been working as a professional illustrator in a wide range of fields, including book covers, album covers, poster design, comic strips and board games. He made the Best Artist short-list in the 2011 British Fantasy Awards, but didn’t win!
He has been a life-long film-buff and has a fascination for all aspects of film production, especially storyboarding and production design.
Wilfred Duggan is a video producer, writer and tutor from Suffolk, UK. He graduated in Film & Television from the University of Hertfordshire in 2013.
Wilfred, (or Wilf to his friends) has assisted in the production of a number of award winning films for The Edge Picture Company, Alliance Creative and Sky.
He has worked in multiple broadcast capacities on a Netflix feature, TV entertainment and high-end TV drama including the upcoming adaptation of Brave New World on Peacocks.
In addition to his screen career, Wilf has led Film Production workshops for the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts and Village Camps Film Academy. In his spare time Wilf writes, produces and edits original short films for YouTube and Vimeo.
Joanna Stewart Bolt
Friday Academy Assistant
Joanna has recently left High School and has been working as an assistant with The Film Academy over the last year.
She is interested in drama and media. She also enjoys working with young people and has run a number of drama and musical theatre clubs.
Wednesday Academy Assistant
Stewart McConnell studies HND: Television at Edinburgh College and has a keen interest in filmmaking.
He was taught filmmaking by Graham for 5 years before joining the staff and is looking to pursue a career in the industry. He was the first student to join Film Academy Edinburgh and has always had a passion for behind the scenes work in movies.
Danielle obtained a First Class Hons degree in Contemporary Screen Acting at the University West of Scotland. Alongside this she studied two years in Meisner’s Practical Aesthetics at Acting Coach Scotland and has been working professionally in the industry since.
Danielle has worked on a range of freelance projects as an actor on screen and in theatre, producer and director.
Danielle has recently set up an exciting new production company ‘Turning Heads’ which is set to combine the mediums of film and theatre.
Alongside her professional career, Danielle has taught acting for two years at New College Lanarkshire and has led workshops both in Scotland and internationally.
Kerri first trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University, specialising in playwriting.
She then undertook a post-graduate diploma in Screen Project Development at Screen Academy Scotland, going on to work as a freelance script reader for Scottish Screen and script editor.
She went on to work as a production manager at Red Kite Animation for over seven years, on various International Emmy and BAFTA nominated animated television series for international broadcasters.
Kerri returned to study Acting for Stage and Screen at Queen Margaret University and since graduating, Kerri has worked in short film, corporate voiceovers, touring schools and theatre.
Acting Tutor (July Summer School)
Lauren Grace graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017 during which she received the BAFTA scholarship for acting.In 2012 Lauren was also nominated for a Scottish BAFTA new talent award for best actress in a short film, ‘Bird’, and over the past year has been working consistently in film and television.
Recent credits include ’12 Point Kill’ for Creative Scotland, ‘209ers’ for CBBC and the lead in her first feature film ‘Zero’ with BFI, BBC and Film London.
Lauren’s passion for screen is something that she enjoys sharing with others and she is excited at the prospect of a film school for young people as she only wishes that this had been something available to her when she was starting out her career.
Chuck Cumming has over 15 years in post-production and editing. He has put the finishing touches on projects for countless clients in the corporate communications industry and creative agencies.Beginning his career at the start of the digital film revolution, Chuck was well placed to learn the craft from early pioneers, and through experience develop a deep understanding of the challenging technical environment that editors find themselves in today. Putting the story at the heart of any piece, no matter it’s purpose, he revels in the challenge of assembling the narrative to best deliver the message.
An IOIC award winning editor, Chuck is the Director of Streetlane Media, where he works at all stages of the post-production flow including editing, visual effects, motion graphics, colour grade and delivery.
Marj is currently a 3rd year HND Technical Theatre student who has been involved in the performing arts for the past 7 years.Her interest began with acting before realising that being behind the scenes was her passion.
Marj enjoys being behind the scenes for both theatre and film and for 4 years was taught Film and TV by Graham.
Marj is excited to be involved in The Film Academy and can’t wait to share the fun there is to be had in film making.
Eilidh Cownie has recently graduated with a 2:1 honours degree in Theatre and Film Studies from Queen Margaret University.She has worked on several crowd-funded films in a variation of roles, from writer to producer, and works closely with children both within and out-with school.