Our Tutors

The best way to learn is to do and at ScreenSpace you will do just that with the support and guidance of experienced industry practitioners. Our tutors are all working industry professionals who are as passionate about teaching as they are about the industry and are chosen for their knowledge of their discipline as well as their ability to inspire. Along with their up to date knowledge of the industry, being taught by working professionals means you can develop a network of contacts during your time at the School. Please find a selection of the School’s permanent and visiting tutors below.

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Lisette Johnston, Head of School, ScreenSpace

Dr Lisette Johnston has been a journalist for the past 15 years, working as a multimedia news reporter, producer and editor, most recently as the Planning Editor for BBC World News in London. Lisette is hugely passionate about education and holds a formal teaching qualification. Since 2008 she has been involved in teaching and training students and has worked as a BBC mentor and outreach adviser in schools and universities. Her work across industry and academia offers her a unique insight into the workings of major news organisations, their use of social media and digital storytelling. She has taught in universities in the UK and US, including courses in practical journalism, interactive news and comparative media studies.

Lisette received her PhD in journalism studies from City University of London in 2016. Her research focuses on social media and citizen journalism, and how their use impacts multimedia news coverage and journalistic practices.

Jonny Persey, Director

Jonny Persey is the Director of MetFilm. He is passionate about creating and maintaining a valuable and industry-relevant educational system, spearheading the synergy between the group’s separate facets to offer students the best learning experience possible. He gets a buzz from watching our graduates win work, runs projects, and apply their trade in film, television, online, and across the creative industries in the UK and beyond.

Jonny has over twenty years’ experience in producing films, and his credits reveal an eclectic mix of thought-provoking, inquisitive and entertaining titles.  He and his team have produced numerous documentaries, including Sundance prize-winning How to Change the World, Grierson winner Deep Water, BIFA nominated The Great Hip-Hop HoaxTown of RunnersDonor Unknown, and School in the Cloud. He has also produced or exec produced a series of fiction films, including most recently The Mercy based on our documentary Deep Water, and Swimming with Men based on our documentary Men Who Swim as well as other award-winning feature films including The Infidel written by David Baddiel, Little Ashes starring Robert Pattinson, and Wondrous Oblivion.

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Steve Pinhay, MetFilm Deputy School Director

Steve comes to MetFilm School with over 20 years experience working in Television. Over the course of his career he has worked on various entertainment genres, always with an eye for producing original format productions.

Steve is a former Arts Centre director, director of regional cinemas and art galleries, Director of the Association of Independent Producers and the founder of Britain’s first Media Centre, where he won the BFI Independent Spirit Award. He has 25 years’ experience of television producing in the UK and across the world, including BAFTA and RTS award-winning shows, working for companies such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Sky and Disney. Steve is a member of the NFTS Television Advisory Board.

Justin Trefgarne, Screenwriting Tutor

Justin is an Emmy-nominated writer and director whose work straddles feature film, television, branded content, video games and commercials.

Justin began his film career working for legendary filmmaker Neil Jordan before joining production house Working Title. Here he edited a range of films from ‘Atonement’ to ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Nanny McPhee’. Justin was part of the writing team awarded an Emmy for ‘Peter Rabbit’ on Nickelodeon and has written for Film4, RSA Films, and BFI.  In 2017 Justin was appointed the Head Writer on a 10-part YouTube Original, scheduled for release in November 2018. The show, a futuristic animation in the style of Akira, is set in a dystopian London of the 23rd Century.

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Jessie Quinones, Production Module Leader

Jesse Quinones is a London based writer/director/producer working across fiction, documentary, and commercials.Most recently, he was Co-Producer on feature film ‘No Shade’, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 British Urban Film Festival. 

In March 2013 Jesse completed his debut feature film ‘Calloused Hands’. ‘Calloused Hands’ stars Andre Royo (HBO’s ‘The Wire’), Daisy Haggard (Showtime’s ‘Episodes’), and Hans Howes (‘There Will Be Blood’). It premiered at the Miami International Film Festival, and has gone on to screen in over 20 festivals around the world, picking up numerous awards. Jesse is currently developing his next feature film ‘Cagefighter’.

Prano Bailey Bond, Directing Tutor

Prano is an award-winning director. Her work invokes imaginative worlds, fusing a dark vocabulary with eerie allure, revealing how beauty resides in strange places.

Prano’s work has screened at events and festivals including the BFI London Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, Slamdance, Ukmva’s, Sitges Film Festival and Melbourne Int’l Film Festival. 

Prano is currently developing with her debut feature film ‘Censor’, a psychological horror backed by the BFIFfilm Cymru Wales and Creative England.

The project was chosen for the BFI Network Weekender 2017, and shortlisted for the Sundance Writers Lab.

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Cassius Rayner, Smartphone Filmmaking Tutor

Cassius is an award winning smartphone filmmaker with more than 20 years’ experience in film and video production across camerawork and directing. His work has been varied from documentaries for the United Nations, PBS, ABC and BBC to dramas entering festivals around the world.

Cassius is a UK leading expert in this field and continues his passion and commitment to smartphone filmmaking making it accessible to everyone.

To him the smartphone equals filming freedom in the last two years Cassius has received over 18 international Film Awards at festivals for a social impact video shot on an iPhone. He also runs Gofilmit, a professional digital video service which shoots content for a variety of clients just solely using smartphones.

Pete Appleyard, Editing Tutor

Pete has a wide range of experience in short films, documentary, music videos and corporate work. He runs our young filmmaker’s camps and is an expert in Adobe Premiere. 

Pete initially started working as a post-production assistant on the feature film ‘Offender’ until moving on to work as an assistant online editor on the feature film ‘The Liability’. 

He has worked as an editor on the documentary series ‘Roller Derby till I Die’ which lifts the lid on the lives of thirteen unique women who compete in the contact sport of roller derby and which is broadcast on the Extreme Sports Channel.

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