The newly launched MetFilm School in Leeds, has appointed Dr Paul Gormley as its first Principal.
He joins from the University of East London, where he was Associate Dean.
The author of “New Brutality Film – Race and Affect in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema” had been taking time out to complete his new book, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Film Theory but Were Afraid to Ask Tarantino” when he saw the job advert:
“I have admired MetFilm School for some time, it’s one of the country’s best known film schools. It has a very clear brand identity and its practical approach to making films is unique – film is at the centre of everything,” he explained.
“As a student, you might be on a screen acting course, or a course on scriptwriting or post production; whatever specialist higher education you’re choosing, and film will be at the heart of it.
“The School’s approach to collaboration and understanding each other’s roles in the making of a film sets MetFilm School apart from other film schools. I think this has been the secret to its success, reputation, and continued growth.”
Dr Gormley completed his BA in English Literature at The University of Sheffield and an MA in Cultural Studies at The University of Leeds.
“I’m thrilled about this new and exciting role at this brand-new campus, there’s a sort of poetry in me returning to the area. Leeds is exactly the right city for MetFilm School, it’s become a cultural hub and I believe that the screen industry can only benefit from being dispersed out of London and across the UK’s regions,” he continued.
“I’m excited to see and be part of MetFilm Leeds journey, to watch it flourish, to see its first graduates begin their careers and be part of that, as well as every aspect of the School’s operation.”