Leading Talent Agent Duncan Heath comes to Aberdeen 

2pm, Friday 4th May 2012, Belmont Picturehouse, Belmont Street

6pm Friday 4th May 2012, Kings College Conference Centre

Join us for two special Director's Cut events next week with Duncan Heath, one of the world's leading talent agents, whose clients include a 'who's who' of film stars and directors.  

Duncan Heath is one of the world's leading agents and co-chairman of Europe's largest talent and literary agency, the Independent Talent Group, based in London.

His clients include such stars as Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth and Anthony Hopkins, as well as directors including Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle and Mike Newell. His modelling agency represents Naomi Campbell, Iman and Elizabeth Hurey.

Son of the Battle of Britain Spitfire ace Sir Barrie Heath, Duncan studied law and then got his start at the William Morris Agency. His company has 32 agents representing over 1500 clients. With 30 years experience of deal making at the top of the film industry, our evening event will highlight the pivotal role of the agent and how the deals for some of the best known films were put together.

Click here to book your tickets today.

Meanwhile at our afternoon masterclass session at the Belmont Picturehouse, participants will have an opportunity to discuss the process of getting feature films made, and gain a better understanding of the business side of the film industry from its top deal maker.  Email events@abdn.ac.uk to reserve your place.

Limited tickets are available for both sessions, and an informal reception will follow each event.



Limited tickets available for second Director's Cut Masterclass

The Director's Cut Masterclass series will continue on April 25 when Ken Hay, former CEO of Scottish Screen, will give a fascinating insight into his career in the film industry. 

The session, which will once again take place at The Belmont Picturehouse, Aberdeen forms part of the University of Aberdeen’s successful Director’s Cut series, which sees high profile filmmakers and broadcasters discuss their careers.

Ken will give a fascinating insight into his career in the industry, from his role running Nottingham's Intermedia Film and Video to his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the Edinburgh Film Festival.

The event takes place at 5.30pm on April 25 at The Belmont Cinema and limited tickets are available for this event. Contact Anne Hunter in the Events Office for more details - events@abdn.ac.uk

Masterclass offers students insight into the business of film making      

A University of Aberdeen graduate who has been involved in overseeing the production of more than 100 films including Trainspotting, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill passed on the benefit of his experience to current students and members of the public at a recent Director's Cut Masterclass. 

Malcolm Ritchie, who has enjoyed a successful career in London and Los Angeles as former Chief Operating Officer of Polygram Films, hosted the masterclass at the Belmont Cinema on 29 February.

He is currently partner or director in four media companies, including some of the largest in Scotland, and during his time at Polygram Films was responsible for overseeing a large number of highly successful movies, including Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Hudsucker Proxy, Dead Man Walking, Bean, The Big Lebowski, Elizabeth and many more.

It is the first time a community outreach masterclass of this kind was held and Dr Alan Marcus, Head of Film and Visual Culture at the University and organiser of the series said the idea was to give students and film lovers insight into the business side of making movies.

He said: “We were delighted to have an industry specialist of Malcolm Ritchie’s calibre to take part in this special Director’s Cut Masterclass, which marks a joint collaboration with the University’s Business School.  

“Malcolm’s immense experience at the top of the Hollywood and Scottish film industries is impressive, and was of huge interest both to our students and members of the public attending the event.  

“This essential area focusing on the interrelationship between the economics, funding, distribution and marketing side of the film industry rarely forms part of most Film Studies University programmes, and we feel this is a valuable opportunity to redress that balance by launching a short series of masterclasses on the theme.’