Screen and Film School Birmingham student working on Mission Impossible

3 December, 2021

There’s nothing we love more than hearing about our students’ success in the film industry- especially when they’ve been working on a Hollywood blockbuster in our very own city!

Birmingham is turning into a Film hub! In the summer, film crews were being spotted around the city centre, blacked-out cars were whizzing around the streets and even a Hollywood actor was seen eating out at a Birmingham Indian restaurant… yep, the New Mission Impossible arrived in Birmingham! This is the seventh instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise following on from the 2018 hit, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The MI film crew have been spotted around major locations around Birmingham, more specifically at Birmingham New Street; where the 1st floor of the station was closed off to commuters for filming.

Yonatan Tiruneh with mask using a film camera

We were even more thrilled that our very own talented student Yonatan Tiruneh, who won the Adil Ray OBE Scholarship earlier this year, was working on set as a location scout for the Hollywood production. Not only was this a fantastic opportunity for our student, Yonatan, to work alongside the likes of Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, and of course Tom Cruise, whilst adding it to his film credit list; but this was also a fantastic opportunity for the city of Birmingham. Birmingham really is proving to be a Hollywood blockbuster hotspot and we can’t wait to see what comes here next.

When asked about his experience on Mission Impossible, Screen and Film School Birmingham student Yonatan Tiruneh stated: “ I was very excited to work on the latest mission impossible! I can’t wait to work on more high-end features with my time at film school.” Yonatan is currently working on an BBC trainer ship alongside his studies.

Our Birmingham campus, which is already seeing first years take on short films are eager to set students up into the industry like Yonatan, as soon as they join. Award winning producer and Screen and Film School Birmingham Principal Hannah Stevenson was ecstatic to have a student working on a Hollywood blockbuster after only being with the school for a few months. ‘It’s absolutely amazing for Yonatan to be working on a production like Mission Impossible, all of us at Screen and Film School are so excited for his career. Having this incredible batch of students and being the only film school in the Midlands more opportunities are just waiting around the corner for them.”

Yonatan Tiruneh leaning down using a camera

Mission Impossible follows a string of recent high-end productions shooting in Birmingham over the past few years. Digbeth was home to Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, Cornwall Street hosted Kingsman: The Golden Circle, zombie thriller The Girl with All The Gifts was shot in the city centre, Jawbone starring Ray Winstone and many, many more. This dynamic movement of Birmingham heading up to the top of film and television industry in the UK’ s due to expand even further. Not only is it Hollywood’s huge interest in the city but if you partner this with a studio expansion by no other than Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight makes it the best place to study filmmaking. The Midlands is fast becoming the go to location for Netflix, BBC and ITV and we can’t wait to see our Screen and Film School Birmingham students playing vital parts on those productions.

If you are interested in kickstarting your career, working on high end productions in the UK’s second city then look no further. Sign up to our Open Day December 11th and find out what kind of filmmaker you are.



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