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.

Academy activities are covered by certified paediatric first aiders.

Graham Kitchener

Academy Principal & Creative Director

Graham Kitchener, Film Academy Principal & Creative Director
Graham Kitchener,
Academy Principal & Creative Director

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.


Douglas Dougan

Screenwriting Consultant

Douglas Dougan, Screenwriting Consultant
Douglas Dougan, Screenwriting Consultant

Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV including Casualty, Doctors, Holby City and The Bill.He teaches screenwriting at the University of Edinburgh and has delivered filmmaking courses to teenagers and young people with learning difficulties for the City of Edinburgh Council.

A BAFTA award winner in his own right with his company, Fluid Eye Productions, Douglas works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions. His credits as a script consultant include multi-BAFTA award winning dramas.


Guðni Líndal Benediktsson

Screenwriting Tutor & Production Mentor

Guðni Líndal Benediktsson, Screenwriting Tutor & Production Mentor
Guðni 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.


Rachael Keiller

Acting Tutor

Rachael Keiller, Acting Tutor
Rachael Keiller, Acting Tutor
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!


Danielle Neal

Acting Tutor

Danielle Neal, Acting Tutor
Danielle Neal, Acting Tutor
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 Clarence

Acting Tutor

Kerri Clarence, Acting Tutor
Kerri Clarence, Acting Tutor
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.


Chuck Cumming

Post-Production Tutor

Chuck Cumming, Post-Production Tutor
Chuck Cumming, Post-Production Tutor
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.


Lauren Grace

Acting Tutor (July Summer School)

Lauren Grace, Acting Tutor, July Summer School
Lauren Grace, 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.


Glenda Rome

On Set Camera and Director Mentor

Glenda Rome, On Set Camera and Director Mentor
Glenda Rome, On Set Camera and Director Mentor
Glenda Rome graduated from Napier University in 1997 with a Degree in Photography film and Television and has worked in the film industry for over 20 years in productions such as Taggart, various ITV dramas and The Magdalene Sisters.

As a freelance filmmaker her work now concentrates on making short documentaries and dramas, music videos and educational films. This has included working with international organisations to produce films with young people in countries such as Alaska, Nigeria and various countries in Europe.

She has delivered filmmaking workshops to young people for over 15 years with organisations such as Young People Speak Out, Voice of My Own, Polmont Young Offenders Institution and Into Film and is experienced and passionate about all aspects of filmmaking and sharing skills and experience to give young people a voice to tell their stories.


David Barras

On Set Camera and Director Mentor

David Barras, On Set Camera and Director Mentor
David Barras, On Set Camera and Director Mentor
David has been working in the field of media education for 25 years.

He is the owner of Strange Boat, a production company which produces film and provides training for a variety of clients. These include Sky, BBC Scotland, British Film Institute, Who Cares? Scotland, CELCIS, UNICEF, Beyond Borders and the Scottish Government.

David is a film educator, working with both Into Film and Scottish Film Education to deliver teacher training in the use of film in the classroom. He has made a number of films with young people, many of which have been award nominated and which have played in film festivals across the world.

David himself is an award winning filmmaker and has directed one feature, Electric Man (2012) and has just completed a short called Stealing Second about Scotland’s worst baseball team.

David is a member of BAFTA and BECTU and was BAFTA New Talent nominated for the script for Electric Man (co-written with Scott Mackay).


Marj Demaude

Classroom Assistant

Marj Demaude, Classroom Assistant
Marj Demaude, Classroom Assistant
Marj is currently a 2nd 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

Classroom Assistant

Eilidh Cownie, Classroom Assistant
Eilidh Cownie, Classroom Assistant
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.


Elliot Campbell

Behind the Scenes Cameraman

Elliot Campbell, Behind the Scenes Cameraman
Elliot Campbell, Behind the Scenes Cameraman
Elliot Campbell is an experienced film maker who has worked on award winning/Oscar long listed feature films and shorts and for clients such as Edinburgh World Heritage, NHS, Spire Healthcare, Woodland Trust, Diageo, Beyond Borders and many more.

Elliot has been camera operator on productions across the world including Moscow for Johnson and Johnson and across Europe for Canvas Holidays.

He was part of the team filming the Dalai Lama’s visit to Scotland in 2012 and filmed the Queen on her Official visit to Scotland in 2013.

He has produced short films for both Peebles High School and Peebles Youth Trust working closely with kids and young adults through all stages of video production.

Elliot is also Film Production Manager at the prestigious Beyond Borders Festival.