About us

Barnes Film Academy is the brainchild of Samuel Cullis, Head of Media Studies at The Harrodian School in Barnes. The Harrodian is a forward thinking, technologically advanced school that has produced actors such as Robert Pattinson, George MacKay, Alice Felgate, Caggie Dunlop and Tom Sturridge.

All staff members are experienced practitioners and are fully CRB checked.


Samuel Cullis

Samuel Cullis has been passionate about films since he first picked up his parents' video camera as a child. Since then he has gone on to study film at University in Wales and America before teaching film and media studies at three different schools in the last ten years. He has worked extensively on educational films, shooting several school promotional films in each of the schools he has worked at.

He has worked with cre8ive schools on ‘film in a week’ and was funded by Kent County Council to create ‘Drunk Eyes’, a film on disaffected students in the Kent area warning about the dangers of alcohol.

Samuel’s favourite director is Paul Thomas Anderson and his favourite film is Stand By Me. This is his first film school in London.


Rory Campbell

Rory Campbell is a prodigal young film-maker who loves film production and graphic design. He has created multiple short films and music videos for his 'Toebex' YouTube account, which has 16,000 followers. Some of his works include: ShutEmDown and The Edge. Due to his knowledge of special effects and graphic design, Rory has produced a variety of spectacular short films. Rory is really looking forward to pushing these skills to the limit with like-minded young filmmakers.