Michael Bray

Drama and Performance Programme; Course Leader, MA Screen: Directing, Writing and MA Screen: Acting, Drama Centre London

I was formally director of the school of Acting for film and television at Arts Ed London, where I created the first BA in Acting for Film and Television as well as a MA in Screenwriting. I directed all their final year films some 240 films, which screened at BAFTA in London and uniquely for any Drama School in the UK, also screened in New York and Los Angeles.

I began my career as a camera assistant for ITN News, before training as an actor at RADA and having a successful career as an actor in theatre, television and film. Culminating in a four-year period at the National Theatre where I wrote and directed my first two Plays for the NT Studio.

I then moved into writing and directing television. Working for many television companies including Channel Four, Central television and the BBC. I then moved into film, joining Winchester Films where I wrote and directed ‘The Sea Change’ staring Ray Winstone, which was chosen for the Sundance Film festival and Cannes. I have since gone onto work for a number of film companies including Jacket Films, Moonlight Films, Sideline Films and Ealing Films and Dog Star films, which I also went onto run. During this period working on films as varied as, ‘Commitments 2’ ‘Maggie’ ‘The Killing Joke’ ‘Black Powder’ and ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, which I co wrote and went onto win the Producers Alliance award for best screenplay in 2004.

I am currently working on a co production in France on my second feature film ‘The Possession of Julie May’.  I also have my own production company that is about to produce ‘Soweto’ a film focused on the terrible events of the Soweto riot of 76.

I am also about to publish a book on screen acting with Nick Hern books.