Nik Powell, Producer and Director, National Film and Television School ©

British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series

Thursday 01 December 2016 -
18:30 to 19:30
Inclusiveness in Film - A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT Lecture - featuring Nik Powell

British Council in partnership with Puttnam School of Film and Animation, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and facilitated by the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic.


Inclusiveness in Film


Convergence: help or hindrance to Inclusiveness?


In a world that is seemingly less and less inclusive, how do we make the film industry more inclusive?

Nik Powell, co-founder of Virgin in the late 1960’s and producer of more than 45 Feature films including Oscar and Bafta winning films like the Crying Game is currently Director of the UK National Film and Television School which is also an Oscar and Bafta winning school as well as being named by the Hollywood Reporter as the number 1 International School in the world.

Nik will speak about the challenges of making the film and tv industries properly inclusive in a world that is becoming less and less inclusive.

He will specifically look at what is convergence and how it both helps and hinders inclusiveness’.

He will put a spotlight on the role models and pioneers who have broken the glass ceilings and how they have beaten a path for us to follow while helping identify and propose solutions for the challenges they faced.

He will talk about the history of inclusiveness (or lack of) in the UK.

He will interpret some of the statistics of both the NFTS and the UK industry regarding LGBT and Disability as well as BAME.

He will draw on his own experience as an entrepreneur, film producer and now head of a world class institution to illustrate these themes.

Nik will give a wide ranging (and entertaining!)talk on the serious challenges for inclusivity that face the Film and Tv industry today.

As part of British Council’s Inclusive Arts Programme, there will be a sign language interpreter at this session for audience members with hearing impairments.

Timings and Location

The lecture will take place at the Lecture Theatre #F202, Block F,  Level 2, LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940.
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6.00 p.m. - Registration and Arrival of Guests

6.30 p.m. - Introducations and Nik Powell to commence lecture

7.15 p.m. -  Question and Answer Session

7.30 p.m. -  Networking and Reception

8.30 p.m. - Event to Close  


Producer, and Director of National Film and Television School

In the early 1970's Nik Powell set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson and in the space of ten years the pair turned a small mail-order record operation into a multi-million pound conglomerate.

In 1982 Powell went into partnership with Stephen Woolley, having sold out from Virgin in the previous year.Together they formed Palace Video, followed by Palace Pictures, and then Palace Productions, soon establishing each as highly regarded entities within the film distribution and production industry.Powell has acted as Executive Producer on all of Palace's productions including Neil Jordan's COMPANY OF WOLVES, OSCAR NOMINATED MONA LISA, Michael Caton-Jones' SCANDAL, and Neil Jordan's multi Oscar nominated THE CRYING GAME.

Nik and Stephen Woolley's new company Scala produced Iain Softley's BACKBEAT, Terence Davies' THE NEON BIBLE, Shane Meadows' TWENTYFOUR:SEVEN, Mark Herman's Oscar and Golden Globe nominated LITTLE and Vice ChairmanVOICE, Fred Schepisis' LAST ORDERS starring Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay, Helen Mirren, David Hemmings and Ray Winstone, Charles Dance's LADIES IN 1996-LAVENDER, starring Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Miriam Margolis and Daniel Bruer and Nik also executive produced CALENDAR GIRLS.

Nik was appointed Director of the National Film and TelevisionSchool in 2005, although he remains as non-executive chairman of Scala Productions.

Other roles included:

  • Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the board of the European Film Academy and host of the European Awards 1996 to 2013

  • Chairman of the Bafta Film committee and member of the Bafta Board of Trustees 2010-2016

  • Vice Chairman of the GEECT Board 2004 to 2014

  • Member of the US academy: AMPAS (Association of Motion Picture Arts and Science)

  • Director of the board of the Northern Ireland Film and TV Commission and Chairman of its Film Investment Fund Committee 2003 to 2007

  • Member of British Screen Advisory Council (overall umbrella body for UK media)

  • Member of European Producers Club

  • Member of the Academy of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

  • Vice President of the National Society for Epilepsy

  • Chevalier dans l'ordre des arts et lettres

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This lecture is part of the British Council’s Inclusive Arts Programme. Inclusion, diversity and equality are at the core of the British Council’s cultural relations aims and part of building trust, respect and understanding between the UK and Singapore.