Twickenham Studios to host UK's first film university

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Twickenham Studios will house the first university film school when it opens its doors to aspiring film-makers later this year.

In a landmark for the British film industry, the iconic TW1 studios is linking up with the University of Lincoln to establish the UK's first university film school.

The Lincoln Film School, to launch in September, will be steered by an expert advisory board including broadcaster Angela Rippon and Rick Senat, former vice-president of Warner Brothers.

Led by Brian Hall, senior lecturer in film production at the university, and Maria Walker, chief operating officer at Twickenham Studios, it will offer an intensive 20-week practical film making course.

Mr Hall said: "Twickenham Studios has an extraordinary heritage, having played host to figures such as the Beatles and Richard Attenborough, and I can’t think of anywhere more inspiring or better equipped to teach the art of film making.

"TW1 offers a truly unique opportunity, as our students will not only be immersed in a working studio environment which encompasses all elements of the film production process but also have the opportunity to mix with high-profile industry figures at work.

"The school benefits from the combination of state-of-the-art film production facilities at TW1 and the University of Lincoln’s reputation for academic excellence, including staff who previously worked at TW1 before becoming lecturers.

"We are delighted to have such fantastic industry support, as this highlights what a valuable venture the Lincoln Film School at Twickenham will be in delivering crucial training for the future of film across both the cinema and small screen."

Twickenham Studios first opened in 1913 and has provided facilities for films including Shirley Valentine, Zulu, the Italian Job, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and World War Z.

It is the only facility of its kind in London that provides studios for both production and post-production.

Ms Walker said: "There is no better way to learn than through practical experience.

"A course that offers an opportunity to work within a studio environment will expose a student to the real world of film-making and film-makers."

The studio already acts as an outreach base for the School of Media at the University of Lincoln.

When the school launches, students will be able to learn from master classes in a range of fields including directing, editing, cinematography and set design.

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