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Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

University of Wales, Aberystwyth

MA Media Production with Distinction in Independent Film Production
University of Glamorgan

Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Wales, Swansea

BA (Hons) English Literature
Department of English Literature, University of Wales, Swansea


Television Script Editors’ Training
The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, London

Writers’ Training for Continuing Drama
HTV Studios, Cardiff: Training & Performance Showcase (TAPS)

Writers’ Training for Short Film
BBC Wales Studios, Cardiff
Screening – Channel 4, Horseferry Road, London
Screening – Cardiff Screen Festival

John Truby; Feature Film Structure
University of London (Raindance)

Phil Parker; Training the Trainers, screenwriting
Birmingham (UK Film Council)

Robert McKee; Story
Feature film script workshops,


I specialise in Film Screenwriting and Directing.

The contemporary work I admire most includes The Singing Detective, Fargo Series 1, True Detective Series 1, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

At the moment I’m reading Chernobyl, Big Little Lies and The Virtues.

Nominee — Best Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Industries (Student Choice Awards)
Nominee — Best Supervisor, Faculty of Creative Industries (Student Choice Awards)

Winner — Best Lecturer, ‘Winner of Winners’, University of South Wales (Student Choice Awards)
Winner — Best Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Industries (Student Choice Awards)

Nominee — Best Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)

Nominee — Excellence in Learning & Teaching Award, Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)

Winner — Outstanding Student Support, Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)
Nominee and shortlisted — Best Lecturer (Taught), Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)

Nominee – The Art of Teaching Award, Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)
Nominee – Vice Chancellor’s Enterprise Educator’s Award, Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)

Nominee – The Art of Teaching Award, Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)
Nominee – The Extra Mile Award, Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)
Nominee – The Awesome Team Award with Vivian Mainwaring MA Film, Faculty of Creative Industries (student nominated)

Winner – Most Respected Academic (student nominated), Newport School of Art, Media & Design

Education and Film have transformed my life.

In 1989, when I was twenty-five, I drove up to the gates of Swansea University in the taxi I was driving for a living at the time. The taxi had been lent to me for the day, free of charge, by my mate Gerry Loughlin; the diesel for the Nissan being cheaper than the return train fare from the Midlands. Gerry took the hit on his earnings from his taxi for the day so that I could get to my University interview.

The University Gate Porter asked me who I was picking up. I told him I was there for an interview for a place on the BA Politics. He told me where to park and raised the barrier.

My purpose in Higher Education is to raise the barriers for my students.

In 1998 my MA Graduation film, ‘May Day’ (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor) dramatised the political abandonment of the generation who fought in WWII, won the £30,000 DM Davies Award at the International Film Festival Wales, was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru, broadcast by HTV and described as “very moving” by Jeremy Sandford (Writer; ‘Cathy Come Home’, Dir. Ken Loach, 1966).

My first stab at writing a feature film screenplay, ’King’s Shadows’, 1999, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ exploring globalisation and ownership patterns in the media, was awarded £11,500 in Development Funding by the Arts Council of Wales and Optioned by Antenna Cyf.

Since 2005 I’ve collaborated with many great colleagues and students in Film and Performance to devise and deliver the largest collaboration between student film-makers and student actors in the UK:

Working with Actors: Film Directing, Film Acting

Since 2006 I’ve worked as a contracted Script Consultant to 57 feature film projects at the Oscar® and Palm d’Or® winning Andrzej Wajda Film School in Warsaw on the EKRAN European Training Programme for Film Professionals, providing advice and guidance to the best new film-makers in Europe.

I’ve been a regular ERASMUS Visiting Tutor at ESMAE (Escuola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo) Porto, Portugal, since 2009.

In 2010 I was a Visiting Scholar at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.



Programme Leader: MA / MFA Film
University of Wales, Newport
Leading Programme development, writing, validation and re-validation


Academic Leader; postgraduate studies (May – November)
(Grade 9) International Film School Wales
University of Wales, Newport


Film Lecturer
Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies
University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Film Training Co-ordinator
Ty Ffilm, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff


Associate Lecturer
The Open University in Wales, Cardiff


CILECT Representative USW Production and Performance
Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision
(The International Association of Film and Television Schools)


BA Film

Module Leader — Advanced Screenwriting for Fiction (36 students) 3rd year FV3D08 40 credits
Module Leader — Studio Production (80 students) 1st year FV1S31 20 credits

Teaching, assessment and feedback:

Advanced Film Practice (28 students) 3rd year FV2T02
Craft Skills (Screenwriting) (80 students) 1st year FV1S13 20 credits

BA Film Studies

Module Leader — Screenwriting 1, Fear & Desire (12 students) 1st year FV1S23 20 credits
Module Leader — Screenwriting 2, Writing the Hero (12 students) 2nd year FV1S39 20 credits

Total 251 students



Book Chapter

Working with Actors
Orrillard, N. & Smith, A. (2017) ‘Working with Actors: Learning – teaching – Learning’
in Mourao, M., Semerdjiev, S., Mello, C. & Taylor, A. (eds)
The 21st Century Film, Television and Media School: Challenges, Clashes, Changes
CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – The International Association of Film and Television Schools)
ISBN 978-619-7358-00-1


Story (Writer)
Short commercial fashion film with Fashion Designer Jayne Pierson:
• Screening: the Official ‘ON Schedule’ Programme for British Fashion Week, London, September 2013


To Dover (Editor, Co-Director, Co-Producer)
Collaboration with Professor Louis Scheeder, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Twenty Four Dollars (Location Photography credit)
Dir. Jane Hubbard
Prod. Cinetig Cyf.

• Animated and live action history of the sale of the island of Manhattan to Dutch merchants for $24.
• Winner – Silver Sierra Award for Animation, Yosemite Film Festival, USA, 2010
• Shortlisted – Torc Award for Animation , Celtic Media Festival, 2011
• Screening – Native Spirit Film Festival, London, 2010
• Screening – Grey Friars Artspace, Kings Lynn, 2010


Those Who Wait (Writer)

• Short film screenplay
• Optioned by Antenna Cyf., Cardiff


King’s Shadows (Writer)
• £11,500 Feature Film Script Development Award
• Arts Council of Wales
• Optioned by Antenna Cyf., Cardiff


May Day (Producer, Director, Writer, Editor)

• £30,000 prize package: Winner, DM Davies Award
• Best Short Film, awarded in competition at the International Film Festival Wales, Cardiff
• Nominee; BAFTA Cymru: best short film
• Broadcast; HTV tx. 17.12.98
• Short listed; Filmfour Shooting Gallery (top 20 from 500+)
• Screening; Brief Encounters, Bristol, ‘Best of British’

Eating Out (Assistant Director)

• 16mm short film documentary film on Caroline Street in Cardiff
• Screening: Chapter Arts, Cardiff
• Screening: Bristol Brief Encounters Film Festival


King of Discount (Researcher)

• 16mm short TV documentary on the original owner of ‘Poundstretcher’
• TV Broadcast – HTV tx. 1998 (twice)

Coming Home (Writer, Director, Editor, Camera)

• 16mm short Psychological Thriller
• screening – Chapter Arts, Cardiff


Numerous educational and promotional films for the University of Wales Swansea (Producer)

• distributed to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, India and Brazil


The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain since 1999
DPRS / Directors UK since 1999



IPAG – Ecole Superieure de Commerce
Independent Approval Panel Member
Collaborative Partner Approval
University of South Wales


ERASMUS Visiting Tutor
ESMAE (Escuola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo) Porto, Portugal
re-invited by Dr. Olivia Maria Marques da Silva & José Quinta Ferreira
(MA Film Programme Leader and Director of ESMAE)


Panel Judge


Validation Panel Member (Open University Validation Services)
BA Film Making & Creative Media Production, Hull College


External Examiner
BA (Hons) Digital Video
Bucks New University, High Wycombe, UK


Visiting Scholar
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, USA


Validation Panel Moderator (University of Wales Validation Office)
MA Film Business
Lorenzo De’ Medici School, Florence, Italy

External Assessor: MA Film Re-validation
Canterbury Christchurch University, Canterbury

1st Assistant Director to Ken Russell with Mike Bradsell
Pretty Boy Floyd
Filming scenes at University of Wales Newport with MA Film & BA Performance students


Script Consultant
The Andrzej Wajda Film School, Warsaw, Poland

The EKRAN European Media+ Training Programme for Film Professionals
Re-invited by Professor Wojciech Marczewski, Director of the Wajda School

Ninety-minute Script and Story Development Meetings in Warsaw with each of the 57 Producer / Writer / Director teams including:

Two Lives by Georg Maas, Germany
• selected 2014 for the German entry for the “Best Foreign Language Film” Oscar ®
• Starring Juliane Köhler and Liv Ullmann

Fear of Falling by Bartek Konopka, Poland
• Winner: The Silver Gateway Award for the Second Best Film at 2011 Mumbai Film Festival, premiered 2011
• Bartek’s documentary Rabbit alla Berlin was Oscar® nominated in 2010

Coeur Animal by Séverine Cornamusaz, Switzerland
• Swiss Film Prize, Best Feature 2010

Out of Ropes by Fulvio Bernasconi, Italy
• Best Actor Award at the Locarno International Film Festival 2007

Teraz Ja by Anna Jadowska, Poland
• Best Debut Award at the Gdynia Film Festival in 2005

Songs of Love and Hate by Katalin Gödrös
IFF Locarno
IFF Rotterdam
• Warsaw Film Festival
IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg
IFF Salsbrücken
IFF Palm Springs

Courage by Greg Zglinski, Poland
• Production Company: Flash Forward
IFF Busan, 2011

Ki by Leszek Dawid, Poland
• Premiered in 2011
• Venice Days
IFF Venice

Ma Salama Jamil by Omar Shargavi, Denmark
• Produced by Zentropa
• Rotterdam Tiger Award at IFF Rotterdam 2008

Sohnemaenner by Ingo Haeb, Germany
• Produced by Rommel Film, premiered 2012

Sanctuary by Norah McGattigan, Ireland
• Irish-Polish co-production, premiered 2012

Daas by Adrian Panek, Poland
• Production Company: ArgoMedia, premiered 2011


The Hereafter Writer Dir. Magnus von Horn
(Sweden) Prod. Mariusz Wlodarski
Lava Film

The Lady, the Girl and the Man Dir. Irene Langemann
(Germany) Prod. Wolfgang Bergman
Lichtsfilm (NRW)

Women as Lovers Dir. Caroline Cox
(Germany) Writer: Jana Pappenbroock
Prod. Titus Kreyenberg
Unafilm (NRW)

Dreamland Writer / Dir. Petra Volpe
(Switzerland) Prod. Reto Schaerli
Zodiak Pictures

Ivona Writer / Dir. Elisa Amoruso
(Italy) Prod. Costanza Coldagelli
Prod. Valentina Avania
Relief S.R.L / Our Films

The Family Writer / Dir. Julia Kolberger

Diary of a Trip to Budapest Writer / Dir. Rafal Kapelinski
(Poland) Prod. Jan Kidawa-Blonski, Gambit Production Sp. z.o.o.
Cam. Pawel Dyllus

Off Target Dir. Erik Bernasconi
(Switzerland) Writer, Daniel Bilenko
Writer, Mario Fabio
Prod. Elda Guidinetti, Ventura Films S.A.

7,000 kilometres Dir. Wouter van Couwelarr
(Netherlands) Writer, Niels Pieterse
Prod. Trent, Netherlands Film Institute


They Call, But They Don’t Love You Dir. Melanie Andernach
(Germany) Writer / Dir. Andreas Köhler
Prod. Knut Losen, Made in Germany Filmproduktion

Three Sisters and a Body Dir. Jacqueline Surchat
(Switzerland) Prod. Elda Guidinetti
Ventura Films

Soulstealers Dir. Niklaus Hilber
(Switzerland) Co-writer, Olivier Keidel
Prod. Christian Davi
Hugofilm Productions

Blokka Dir. Mirko Ivan Stopar
(Norway) Co-writer, Erlend Loe
Prod. Christian Frederic Martin,
Friland AS

The Shadow Princess Dir. Anne Kjersti Bjorn
(Norway) Co-writer, Anne Helene Soyseth
Prod. Jan Erik Gammleng, Barentsfilm

Sohnemänner Dir. Ingo Haeb
(Germany) Prod. Peter Rommel
Rommel Film

Porcelain girl Dir. Anna Wash
(Netherlands) Co-writer, Marie Kiebert
Prod. Esther Wouda
Gloworm Film

Time’s Fool Writer, Jon Croker
(Britain) Prod. Madeline Elles-Hill
Pablo Films

Air-craft Dir. Marcin Wrona
(Poland) Co-writer, Marek Stokowski

An Unusually Cold April Dir. Michal Otłowski
(Poland) Prod. Michal Otłowski
Cherry Road Pictures

Solstice Dir. Michal Rogalski
(Poland) Prod. Jan Dworak
Renata Czarnkowska, Prasa i film


Jerzy Dir. Greg Zglinski
(Poland) Writer, Janusz Marganski
Prod. Lukasz Dzieciol

Seldwyla Dir. Samuel Schwarz
(Switzerland) Writer, Merret Hottinger
Prod. Simone Haeberling

Adopted Dir. Sander Burger
(Holland) Writer, Philip Delmaar

Non-Swimmer Dir. Marcus Lenz
(Germany) Writer, Lars Hubrich

Tempting Mary Dir. Jan Schomburg
(Germany) Prod. Ronald Muehlfellner

Fear of Heights Dir. Bartek Konopka
(Poland) Writer, Piotr Borkowski

Bravement Dir. Norah Mc Gettigan
(Poland) Writer, Bridget Hourican
Prod. Malcolm McGettican

A+F=X Writer / Dir. Ove Raymond Gyldenas

Partners Dir. Francois Bovy

Clara Wendel Dir. Andreas Mueller

Squat Dir. Tsambor Dyga
(Hungary) Writer, Gabor Krigler
Prod. Balzas Lovas

The Unguarded Dir. Egil Pederson
(Norway) Prod. Eirik Kaasa Eliassen

Gas and Air Dir. Ann-Marie McCormack
(Wales) Prod. Lesley Morgan


Scherzo Dir. Agnieszska Glinska
(Poland) Prod. Marcin Wierzchoslawski

Fat Boy Dir. Greg Zglinski
(Poland) Writer, Michal Jozwiak
Prod. Marek Rudnicki

Obscura Dir. Jochem De Vries
(Netherlands) Prod. Koen Plate
Prod. Trent

The Gymnast Dir. Elena Hazanov
(Switzerland) Prod. Elda Guidinetti

Sails Opera One Dir. Massimo Salvato
(Wales) Writer, Anna Pauletti
Prod. Edward Casey

My First Job Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska
(Poland) Writer, Radka Franczak

Amselfeld Dir. Dennis Todorovic
(Croatia) Writer, Andreas Gassler
Prod. Ewa Borowski

Star Field Dir. Sarah Derendinger
(Germany) Writer, Daniela Cianciarulo
Writer, Isabella Cianciarulo

Here To Infinity Dir. Anette Ostro
(Denmark) Writer, Bjorn Abelson
Prod. Tom Rysstad

Queen Victoria Dir. Maya Vitkova
(Bulgaria) Prod. Stefan Kitanov

Where I Come From Dir. Marcel Ahrenholz
Writer / Prod. Melanie Andernach

On The Run Dir. Ellen-Astri Lundby
(Norway) Writer, Janne Aass
Prod. Aage Rysstad


Ma Salama Jamil Dir. Omar Jari Shargawi
(Denmark) Writer, Morgens Rukov
Prod. Meta Louise Foldager

A Family Affair Dir. Georg Maas
(Germany) Writer, Christoph Tolle
Prod. Dieter Zeppenfeld

Kangur Dir. Grzegorz Pacek
(Poland) Writer, Michal Jozwiak

Unfaithfulness Dir. Anne Hoegh Krohn
(Finland) Prod. Christine Derrer

Two Days in Rome Dir. Lene Therese Teigen
(Norway) Writer, Finn Gjerdrum

Song of Love and Hate Dir. Katlin Godros
(Germany) Writer, Las Theuerkauff
Prod. Valerie Fischer

Mothers Dir. Leszek Dawid
(Poland) Writer, Pawel Ferdek

Animal Relation Dir. Severine Cornamusaz
(Switzerland) Prod. Xavier Grin

Anka’s Dream Dir. Jasna Krajinovic
(Slovenia) Prod. Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Prod. Virginia Surdej

Peeping Toms Dir. Martin Scharf
(Germany) Writer, Arne Nolting
Prod. Harry Flotter
Prod. Jorg Siepman

In Absentia Writer / Dir. Stephen Hanks
(Wales) Dir. Luke Jacobs
Prod. Alan Greenwood

Sisse and Janus Dir. Jens Mikkelsen
(Denmark) Writer, Anna KArina Steenholdt
Prod. Malene Blenkov
Prod. Michel Schonneman


Centre: Performance and Screen Media

My main research interest has become what happens at the point where the ‘story’, the ‘actor’ and the ‘camera’ meet for the first time. What I think I’ve learned over the last eighteen years is that:

- story development and working with actors are the most underestimated activities in film production and film education
- screenplays are theoretical and literary exercises until you start working with actors, building shots and sequences
- we must understand and respect in casting, rehearsal and shooting what the people working with us, at that moment, can and cannot do, and adapt with live creative solutions, rather than blindly flogging the Pre-Production visions in our heads


International Conference Paper (invited)
Working with Actors
Escuola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) Porto, Portugal
Invited by Dr. Olivia Maria Marques da Silva & José Quinta Ferreira
(MA Film Programme Leader and Director of ESMAE)


International Conference Paper (invited)
Continuity is Hard: modelling collaborative Director/Actor relationships
CILECT Conference Paper
HFF Munich, Germany
Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision
(The International Association of Film and Television Schools)


£5,000 Innovation in Learning & Teaching Award
CELT (Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning)
University of South Wales
‘Working with Actors’


Invited Conference Paper
The Narrative Of Crisis, The Crisis of Narrative
Escuola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) Porto, Portugal
Invited by Dr. Olivia Maria Marques da Silva & José Quinta Ferreira
(MA Film Programme Leader and Director of ESMAE)


£5,000 Skillset Media Academy Wales’ Educational Exchange Award
One MA Film alumnus and one BA Performance Graduate attended three weeks of classes at Stonestreet Studios
(a New York University Tisch School of the Arts affiliate)


International Symposium; Film Acting, Film Directing (Co-Convenor, with Dr. Andy Smith)
£5,000 Award Skillset UK


• Ken Russell
• Professor Louis Scheeder – Associate Dean, NYU Tisch
• Witold Stok BSC – Kieślowski’s early cinematographer
• Danusia Stok -Kieślowski’s biographer
• Owen Teale – Emmy ® winning actor
• Dr. Victoria Lowe – Senior Lecturer, MMU
• Jethro Skinner – winner of the Russian ‘Oscar’ 2008
• Vladimir Bouchler – Shukin Theatre Moscow trained theatrical director and film-maker
• Stephen Bayly – former Director of the National Film & Television School, UK

£1,500 Skillset Media Academy Wales Visiting Professors’ Award
Professor Louis Scheeder (NYU) worked with BA Film & BA Performance students and staff for one week on two scenes from King Lear:

To Dover (Co-Director, Co-Producer, Editor) 4:30
The Division of the Kingdom (Co-producer) 5:50


£5,000 Skillset UK Award in support of the International Film Symposium (with Dr. Andy Smith)

International Conference Paper; TAPRA
Training & Performance Research Association
School of Creative and Cultural Industries Leeds University
On Actor & Director Training in the university curriculum (with Dr. Andy Smith)

National Conference Paper; UWN
Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Wales Newport
Reviewing and amending cross-programme collaboration (with Dr. Andy Smith)


£4,425 Research Support Scheme Award, University of Wales Newport
Americana; writing with actors
(Writer, Director, Producer, Editor)
A feature film research and development package. Filmed rehearsals and actors’ workshops at New York University. New York location filming and research.

International Conference Paper; CSSD
Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
They Shoot Actors – Don’t They? On collaboration between Film and Performance practice in the university curriculum (with Dr. Andy Smith & Roger Wooster)

National Conference Paper; UWN Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Wales Newport
Developing cross-programme collaboration (with Dr. Andy Smith)


£5,000 Learning & Teaching Fund Award University of Wales Newport
Working with Actors
A pedagogical research project on film directing and film acting with Dr. Andy Smith and Roger Wooster.


International Conference Paper; MECCSA / AMPE
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association & Association of Media Practitioners in Education
University of Lincoln
Parallax Views – On the semiotics of film editing
(with Dr. Daniel Chandler, University of Wales Aberystwyth)


National Conference Paper; UWN
Learning & Teaching Conference, University of Wales Newport
Assessment patterns and structural strategies in the context of high student numbers

Areas of Expertise

Film Screenwriting and Story Development
Film Directing and Working with Actors
Film Editing
The Political Thriller genre
The Coen Brothers
PT Anderson

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