A team of well-qualified staff from the School of Performance and Screen Studies teaches this course, including:
Mata Ayoub is the course leader and a senior lecturer in television and film studies. She teaches on the practice modules and enjoys working on productions with students.
Mata's experience both within and outside academia and her non-traditional academic background has given her a commitment and understanding of the importance of broadening access to education. Mata is always looking for innovative ways to work; for example, she is an advocate for peer-assessment, an established model with proven success, which is nevertheless not widely used in universities. She is currently studying for a PhD in Education, the focus of which is on finding new strategies to engage in assessment for learning. Mata also reads around social justice issues with specific interest in the social nature of disablement.
Dr Matt Melia is a senior lecturer in film and TV with a research interest in the representation of space in television and film. In particular, Matt is interested in the work of Ken Russell and Stanley Kubrick, as well as post-war British TV.
Colette Balmain is a specialist in East Asian cinemas and cultures and has written on Japanese horror cinema, K-dramas and video games as well as European and US cinema and television. Her PhD in philosophy and film brought together post-structuralism and feminism to offer a new framework through which to read the films of Italian horror auteur, Dario Argento. Her current work focuses on questions of gender and race in cinema and television, with particular reference to critical whiteness studies, audience studies, feminist and postcolonial theory. She is currently completing work on the second edition of her book on Japanese Horror Cinema, a book on East Asian Gothic cinema and a book on trauma and memory in Korean horror cinema.
Alex Perrin is a screenwriter and producer with more than 20 years' experience in television. His new crime series, The Level, written with Gaby Chiappe, has recently completed filming for ITV. Additional writing credits include Shetland and Casualty (BBC), and two series of Leonardo for CBBC, as well as projects in development with Carnival Films, Kindle Entertainment and STV. Prior to writing, Alex worked as a script editor on EastEnders (BBC), and went on to become Series Editor on long-running crime series The Bill (ITV), and Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC), as well as producer on two series of Casualty. In addition to teaching at Kingston, Alex is a regular guest lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at the London Film School, where he also acts as a mentor to students on the MA in Screenwriting.
Allan Swift is the joint module leader for Screenwriting and Writing The Television Drama Series. He has 25 years' experience of writing and directing in television (EastEnders, Casualty, Hollyoaks and Brookside among others) as well as having written several full-length stage plays for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. His play, "None But Friends" was the centrepiece production of the 2010 Kingston International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), performed by 48 Kingston University students. He is currently engaged in writing a feature length film script and developing a new television drama series, a co-production with Canadian TV.