Talking Point

TP. Network

"Having an industry mentor makes all the difference when you are starting out. I can't believe how much advice, contacts and opportunities I've been given! "

The TP. Network provides a range of information, workshops and one to one sessions which ensure mentees are industry ready and armed with the right contacts and knowledge to progress their career. One element of this scheme is time spent with an established industry mentor, who provides insights and advice on how to work effectively in their chosen department.

We have already had amazing industry mentors working with us this year. These have included:

Donald Sabourin, Production Supervisor (Now You See Me 2, Woman in Gold, In the Heart of the Sea)
Lisa Chugg, Set Decorator  (Detective Pikachu, SnowWhite & the Huntsmen,  Zero Dark Thirty)
Alison Harvey, Set Decorator (The Crown Season 2 and 3)

James Foster, Supervising Art Director (Beauty & the Beast, Skyfall)
Nick Gottschalk, Supervising Art Director (Mary Queen of Scots, Darkest Hour, Beauty & the Beast)
Dean Thompson (Star Wars The Last Jedi, Murder on the Orient Express
Baz Irvine, DoP (Trauma, SafeHouse, The Aberfan Young Wives Club, Bobby)
Muffin Green, Prop Master (The Favourite, Annihilation, Paddington 2)
Sue Morrison, Production Buyer (Outlander, Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones)

A list of previous mentors can be viewed by following the link here – The Talking Point Mentoring Network

NB – Mentors are subject to change dependent on their work commitments and availability. If changes have to be made, the mentor will have a similar level of experience and established position in the industry.

We work with 10 individuals in each round, for a period of 3 months. Membership cost is £125 +VAT and via application process.

Applications NOW CLOSED

TP. Ambassadors

We have strong relationships with many practitioners and organisations, currently working in both the studio and independent sectors. This ongoing liaison with established film professionals is a key component of all our programmes and central to our #learnfromthebest ethos.

We are delighted to also have the TP. Ambassadors, who advise our work and provide guidance on programmes we run. They are amongst the most experienced industry professionals in the UK and work with us to identify skills gaps and create the most appropriate solutions. Their vast experience and understanding of the current industry ensures we are always creating industry focussed and relevant programmes.

Sarah Greenwood, Production Designer

Sarah has a wealth of experience and expertise from over 25 years of working in the art department. BAFTA and European Film Awards recipient and an Academy Award nominee, she works on a wide range of productions, from UK independents to US studio projects. Recent credits include Working Title’s Darkest Hour, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Film 4’s Our Kind of Traitor.




 Tommy Gormley, 1st Assistant Director/Co-Producer

Tommy is a world leading Assistant Director with a vast array of expertise across all budget ranges. He has worked with acclaimed directors including Ken Loach, Brad Bird and JJ Abrams and is the recipient of the BAFTA Outstanding Contribution to Craft Award. His recent credits include Wonder Woman, Star Wars – The Force Awakens and Star Trek – Into Darkness.  He is currently in production on Mission Impossible 6.