Ex Student Becomes Hollywood Filmmaker

Former Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College student turned Hollywood filmmaker, Tayyib Mahmood, returned to his roots recently, visiting our students to promote the British Film Institute Academy. The programme, in partnership with the Midland Arts Centre, gives young people the opportunity to make a short film under guidance from industry practitioners.

Now 23, Tayyib returned to college to showcase the thriving British film industry and promote the programme currently taking place at the MAC in Edgbaston. A BFIA alumni and mentor, Tayyib now works at Pinewood Studios as a Studio Unit Trainee on the front line of production. His impressive repertoire already spans films including Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ (which was famously filmed in Birmingham) and the brand new James Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’.

Tayyib says his passion for film was discovered at college, where he studied Media, Film and Computing. Talking about his time at JCC, Tayyib commented:

“Joseph Chamberlain College helped me discover my passion and love for film which I knew I had but didn’t know how to access. The facilities were amazing as well as the teachers for both Media and Film and they helped me achieve filmmaking at the highest level during my time at the college”.

We are immensely proud of our arts, performance and media department and Tayyib’s story is testament to the college’s reputation of excellence. This year we’re really promoting our Alumni projects, and working with former students achieving huge success across the Arts and Film industry. Other famous faces amongst the JCC alumni include social commentary artist and photographer, Mahtab Hussain, who recently returned to JCC to give students a photography workshop; and actor Adrian Lester OBE, who has starred in many box-office films, stage shows and TV series since leaving us. We’re also currently building our subject alumniand invite ex students across every profession to return to College to inspire our current students who are just beginning their career journeys.

Find out more about the British Film Institute Academy programme here.