Screen Academy Scotland to welcome award-winning filmmaker

An award-winning filmmaker is set to share her experience with Edinburgh Napier film students as a visiting lecturer.

Date posted

24 October 2016


Last updated

19 March 2020

Filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach is the latest visiting lecturer to link-up with the University and will work closely with students at Screen Academy Scotland.Hope Dickson Leach portrait

The writer/director will lecture the Academy’s MA Screenwriting, MA Film and MFA Advanced Film Practice students, delivering a range of workshops, tutorials and mentoring throughout the course of the year.

She will also deliver a masterclass at the Academy on her feature film debut ‘The Levelling’ which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September and was nominated for a First Feature Award at the recent BFI London Film Festival.

Hope was the first-ever recipient of the IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI and received £50,000 to be used to develop creativity and focus for future projects. She received her award from BFI fellow Cate Blanchett on the eve of this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

James Mavor, programme leader MA Screenwriting, Screen Academy Scotland, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured Hope as a visiting lecturer and look forward to welcoming her to Edinburgh Napier and Screen Academy Scotland in the forthcoming weeks. This kind of close contact is a big part of our commitment to Professional Practice and maintaining close links with the local film and television industries.

“Hope is very much a role model for our students, making the difficult transition from making short films to her first feature. Having access to this experience will be a huge asset for our students moving forward and I’m sure they will relish the chance to learn from someone at this critical and exciting time in her career.”

Screen Academy Scotland is a collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art, dedicated to fostering the future of film makers. From film, TV, animation, photography, journalism and acting, our aim is to allow talent to thrive whilst equipping students with the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to become skilled, confident and employable graduates.

Screen Academy Scotland

Screen Academy Scotland is a collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art. It provides full production and post-production facilities including screening rooms, Avid Media Composer suites, Pro Tool suites, a dubbing suite and up-to-date camera equipment.