The Australian Film and Television Radio School (AFTRS) has appointed British producer Neil Peplow as director of screen content.

Peplow, who will begin in the role on May 2, will be responsible for developing training for the directing, screenwriting, documentary, screen business and screen studies courses across all levels of courses. He will replace long-serving director of screen content, Graham Thorburn.

Peplow has 16 feature film credits to his name including The Proposition, Waking Ned Devine and Bright Young Things, and was most recently the director of film at the UK’s creative media skills and policy council, Skillset. While there, he worked in conjunction with the UK Film Council to develop and implement A Bigger Future 2 – the UK film industry’s skills strategy.

In 2007, he gained an MBA from the London Business School, and has since acted as a consultant within the media industry with clients including BBC Worldwide, Vue Cinemas and Intandem Films. Peplow has also lectured at the UK National Film and Television School, and the European Media Business School.

Local filmmaker John Maynard joined AFTRS as head of producing in June 2010 however, he has since left the organisation. Earlier this month, it was announced that Alex Daw is leaving AFTRS after 17 years to pursue a Masters of Arts in Information Studies at the University of Canberra.

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  1. So there is no one in Australia who is up to the task of leading film in this school. Really?

    And I see AFTRS has launched a study of the TV industry’s training needs. Is that because they have done no TV training for such a long while and have no TV department any more?

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