The Changing Face of the UK Film & TV Industry - Leeds International Festival
#LEEDSINTFEST 2 - 12 MAY, 2019

Friday 10 May

The Changing Face of the UK Film & TV Industry

Hear from both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras: a spotlight on the TV and film industry.

Join our panel of industry experts for a lively debate on the changing landscape of the UK film and TV industry.

Hot topics up for discussion include: Can traditional cinema continue to thrive against the continued growth of digital SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) services, like Netflix, Apple and Amazon Prime? Does independent film have a future in our cinemas? Can it compete against the proliferation of superhero movies? What does diversity really mean, and how does it affect the film and TV programmes you will watch in the future?

We will also have a peek behind the careers of our panel, made up of leading casting directors, actors, producers and directors, to get a truly behind the scenes snapshot into the truth behind the telly and the secrets behind the screens. The panel will include Nicci Topping who has been a professional casting director for almost 20 years across film, TV, commercials and music promos; Actor John Thompson from the Fast Show and Cold Feet and Film Director Adam Morse, who lost his sight 10 years ago and recently premiered his new film Lucid featuring Billy Zane and Sadie Frost.

More speakers to be announced soon.

Event partners

Standard Tickets

Friday 10 May TBA
L19 Cube @ The Village

Additional Information:

This event will take place in the evening – time and tickets to be announced


Nicci has been a professional casting director for almost 20 years across film, TV, commercials and music promos.

Her feature film work includes work on over 22 features, including the award-winning Northern Soul, and her commercials work includes casting the pre-fall campaign for Gucci in 2017 along with work for many global brands including Nike, Facebook, Amazon, Gillette and Corona. She recently cast the promo for Paul McCartney’s single and John Lewis’ Xmas 2018 campaign.

Nicci is a member of the CSA (Casting Society of America), sitting on their panel at Cannes 2018, the CDA (Casting Director’s Association) and was one of the D&AD judges in 2017.

Nicci is also a firm advocate of education in the industry for both actors and producers – she runs a series of workshops and is a popular blogger, helping aspiring actors to develop their career. (

John is an actor, writer, impressionist and comedian, and has been at the forefront of British television for over 20 years. He is best known for his roles in The Fast Show and Cold Feet, which returned to our screens last autumn after a 13-year gap, and is currently shooting a hotly anticipated seventh season.

Adam is an international award-winning filmmaker from London, England. He had perfect vision until 2009, when his eyesight suddenly deteriorated while he was in Dubai working on the film City of Life. Despite being left with only peripheral vision (registered blind), Adam continued to pursue a career in filmmaking, successfully directing his first critically-acclaimed short film, THE WINDOW in 2014, which has since screened at film festivals around the world where it has won multiple audience/jury awards. Honours include an Audience Award for ‘Best Short Film’ at the London Independent Film Festival and an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film.