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South London Gallery Film School 2020

Chanthila Phaophanit, Ghost / ສັກສາດ, 2018 (film still)

South London Gallery Film School (formerly known as REcreative Film School) is led by Saeed Taji Farouky, Director and Paul Crook, Young People’s Programme Manager, South London Gallery.

The South London Gallery Film School is aimed at filmmakers aged 18–30 from backgrounds underrepresented in the film industry. The radical, free school explores a range of forms including experimental feature film, short films, documentary, music video and artists’ moving image.

Through open discussions, collaborative project development and conversations with guest artists, the school is dedicated to creating a new generation of filmmakers who are empowered, diverse, fearlessly creative, and who will help build the future of cinema and artists’ moving image.


  • Amar Ediriwira
  • Joseph Adesunloye
  • Evan Ifekoya
  • Mica Levi
  • Jonathan Glazer
  • Bassam Tariq

Find out more about the 2020 student cohort below.


Aditya Sahil Babbar is an Indian-born, Canadian-based aspiring filmmaker, writer and image-maker interested in the limits of language and how people use words to constantly avoid saying what they mean or how they feel. The fine line between what is real and imagined is at the root of his work. Click here to see Aditya’s work.

Chanthila Phaophanit is a moving-image artist whose work explores ideas around the trans-cultural position she inhabits, ‘in betweenness’ and questions the borders through which we are defined. Click here to see Chanthila’s work.

Charlotte Valentine is a London-based musician and artist who makes music under the name ‘No Home’. Charlotte’s debut album Fucking Hell was self-released in June 2020 and was written about in publications including Pitchfork and The Wire. They also make Hungry and Undervalued, a music zine. Click here to listen to Charlotte’s track ‘4×4’.

Conor Powell is a neurodiverse filmmaker, writer and artist from south London who creates genre films and tells stories from an atypical perspective. Watch Conor’s showreel here and click here follow him on Instagram.

Firpal Jawanda is a British-Punjabi artist, illustrator and costume-maker interested in filmmaking around South Asian folklore. Click here to see Firpal’s work.

Jordan Linton makes DIY performance, film, installation, poetry and propaganda under the name onlytheantscansaveusnow. They like talking and making things about capitalism, class, antifascism, the penal system, queer liberation, horror films, and memes. See Jordan’s work here and click here to follow them on Twitter.

Khatun is a Leicester-born artist now based in London. Working primarily with photography, moving image and mixed media, Khatun works closely with notions of identity, belonging and family. Inspired by her dual South Asian-British identity, she constantly explores the fine line between culture and the heavy influence of national identity. See Khatun’s work here and click here to follow her on Instagram.

Mischa Lustin is a Russian-Ukrainian writer and filmmaker originally from Tallinn, Estonia, currently restarting his film career after an academic detour into philosophy and social science. Through an updated critical outlook, Mischa likes to explore radical ways of capturing contemporary moments around him. Click here to see Mischa’s work.

Myah Jeffers is a Barbadian-British documentary and portrait photographer, dramaturg and director, living and working in London. She is currently a Literary Associate at The Royal Court and a 2019 Portrait of Britain winner. Her work in both theatre and photography is focused on Black experiences and aims to use portraiture to illuminate Black and queer joy as acts of resistance. Click here to see Myah’s work.

Calum Perrin is an interdisciplinary artist and performance-maker who creates socially engaged and sensory work. They have made work for the Prague Quadrennial, HearSay International Audio Arts Festival, Short Cuts (BBC Radio 4), and Film Pro. Recently, Calum was commissioned by Arts Council Wales, Festival Stoke and Sydenham Arts to produce sound compositions about the experiences of disabled people across the country during lockdown. Click here to see Calum’s work.

Rōgan Graham is a freelance film journalist and programmer from south London who believes in pursuing avenues vital to broadening the scope of industry and audiences alike. She has worked as a Barbican Young Programmer, with Indie Memphis Film Festival as juror and screener, and by-lines at Little White Lies. Click here to read Rōgan’s work.

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The South London Gallery Film school is a free opportunity for young filmmakers.

Saeed Taji Farouky has been making films since 1998, focusing on issues of human rights, conflict and colonialism, always in reference to his Palestinian background. His work is dedicated to developing a vernacular cinema, liberated from the traditions of narrative construction and distinct from historical European storytelling conventions. His 2015 feature documentary Tell Spring Not to Come This Year premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival where it won two awards. His short fiction film They Live In Forests, They Are Extremely Shy won a Royal Television Society award, and in 2011 he was named a Senior TED Fellow for his documentary work.

The SLG Film School 2020 was supported by the Edwin Fox Foundation

The SLG Film School 2020 is part of the SLG’s Young People’s Programme, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Oscar Humphries and Sophie Oakley and the SLG Council

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