Why RAFT?

Robinson is immensely proud of its vibrant alumni community, many of whom are working in Film and TV in a range of areas from writing to acting and production. RAFT provides a focus and a forum for this group and can harness their experience and advice for students seeking to follow their lead.

Purpose

Robinson Alumni Film and Television Group (RAFT) aims to:

  • Bring together Robinson alumni who work in the film and television industries in any capacity with current students to create a community around common professional interests
  • Participate in events aimed at socialising the knowledge and experience within the Robinson community
  • Provide guidance to current students and alumni on issues relating to working in film and television, through informal mentorship and other channels
  • Stimulate paid work experience and internship opportunities for Robinson students in the creative economies, and otherwise open doors for students seeking to break into the media sector

Upcoming event

RAFT launch event, 30 January 2021, 4pm (BST)

“Career Paths in the Film & TV Industry: Post-Pandemic Insights”

Registration: click here

Event speakers

Konnie Huq (1993, Economics), is one of Britain’s most loved presenters. She was Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter from 1997-2008 and since then has gone on to present shows including The Xtra Factor, King of the Nerds and London Talking to name a few. She is also a brilliant interviewer, having given J.K. Rowling her first ever interview in 1997 and Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai at Central Hall Westminster on the publication of Ziauddin's book, Let Her Fly. In 2018, Konnie signed a 3-book deal for a children’s series with Piccadilly Press. This will be her first foray into children’s books and the main character is inspired by Konnie’s own London Bangladeshi background and her love of science and being a bit nerdy. Konnie also co-wrote the second installment of the successful and critically acclaimed Channel 4 series Black Mirror. She is currently an ambassador for the Princes’ Trust and the British Asian Trust.

Saul Metzstein (1989, Architecture), is an award-winning director of two feature films, and the 2nd unit director of a few more. He has directed dozens of episodes of TV drama, as well as the occasional documentary and advert. He studied Architecture at Robinson, graduating in 1992.

 

 

 

Jonny Persey (1988, SPS), is the Director of MetFilm, a unique organisation based in Ealing Studios, which comprises the UK's largest film school and an award-winning feature film production and sales company. He is passionate about creating and maintaining a valuable and industry-relevant educational system, spearheading the synergy between the group’s separate facets to offer students the best learning experience possible. He gets a buzz from watching our graduates win work, runs projects, and apply their trade in film, television, online, and across the creative industries in the UK and beyond. Jonny has over 25 years’ experience in producing films, and his credits reveal an eclectic mix of thought-provoking, inquisitive and entertaining titles.  He and his team have produced numerous documentaries, including Sundance prize-winners How to Change the World and The Reason I Jump; Grierson winner Deep Water, BIFA nominated The Great Hip-Hop HoaxTown of RunnersDonor Unknown, and School in the Cloud. He has also produced, or exec produced a series of fiction films, including most recently The Mercy based on our documentary Deep Water, and Swimming with Men based on our documentary Men Who Swim as well as other award-winning feature films including The Infidel written by David Baddiel, Little Ashes starring Robert Pattinson, and Wondrous Oblivion. Having studied psychology at Cambridge University and worked for several years as a youth worker and organisational development consultant, Jonny produced his first feature film, Everyone’s Child, in Zimbabwe in 1996. He then went on to study at the National Film & Television School where he produced a series of acclaimed short films both through the school and independently.

Isabella Wing-Davey (2004, History), is an award-winning filmmaker and the New York Film Festival  Artist Academy Fellow. After getting her Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University Grad Film, she worked in production and development for Philip Seymour Hoffman. Stand Still premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2019 and won Best UK Short at Link International Film Festival and was nominated for Best UK short at Sheffield Shorts and Birmingham Film Festival. The Rain Collector (2015) starred Hermione Norris and played at festivals around the world before premiering online with MoMI NY (The Museum of the Moving Image New York), and is now on Amazon Prime. Upcoming projects include a feature about a Brooklyn neuroscientist with Park Pictures and a period feature with BAFTA-winning Producer Emily Morgan. She is part of Cinesisters and is represented by Independent Talent.

Host

Sandra del Valle Casals is a PhD Candidate in Latin American Studies at Robinson College, Cambridge University. Her current research looks at the representation of migration and notions of citizenship in post-dictatorship contemporary Chilean cinema. As a film producer, Sandra’s credits include Camaleón by Jorge Riquelme, internationally premiered at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival in the first feature competition. Among her latest publications are chapters in the published books Afrocubanas: History, Thought, and Cultural Practices (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2020), and A Cuban Cinema Companion (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2020).