Ben is an independent producer and a teacher of script and creative production. He is producing with Raoul Peck at Velvet Films Paris. Ben has been director of the DFFB from 2016-2020, director of Degree Programs at AFTRS Sydney from 2014-2016 and director of the London Film School from 2000-2014. From 80s to 2000 he was an independent producer and Head of Production at the British Film Institute. His credits include Terence Davies’ The Long Day Closes, Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein, John Maybury’s Love is the Devil, Carine Adler’s Under the Skin and Jasmin Dizdar’s Beautiful People, as well as 25 other low budget features and numerous shorts. From 1981-1987 he was a partner in distributor The Other Cinema/Metro Pictures, acquiring and promoting films by Almodovar, Marker, Akerman and Godard as well as opening London’s Metro Cinema. He has also been an on-stage presenter for Berlinale Talents, a theatre director, a repertory film programmer and a film critic and journalist.