On Wednesday 29 May, Regent’s welcomed a crowd of 300 to the University’s stunning lawns where Film, Media & Performance students showcased their final year projects.
During the screenings, students presented a brief overview of their work followed by a two minute clip. Projects included a feminist thriller, an experimental music video, short films, documentaries and many more.
Dr Ken Fero, a lecturer in directing, said the excellent showcase of films was a good reflection of the creative and intellectual journey the students have gone through on their course.
‘We are proud of the range of high quality films shown across the documentary, fiction and experimental fields that were touching and emotional, as well as provocative and socially engaged.
‘Their work also reflected the international nature of our students with filming locations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.’
The evening concluded with Regent's first ever Robert McKee Award for Best Film, which was presented to Screenwriting & Producing student, CJ Matthews. CJ's film, Reality Check, told the fictional story of one boy's quest to slay the ‘monster’ that poisoned his dad: cancer.
‘It aims to teach that although fantasy is a great coping mechanism, you have to accept reality in order to grow up,’ CJ said.
‘My time at Regent’s has been extremely fun. It’s not just a place I go to learn, although I do a lot of that! All the teachers here are amazing and they really engage with you.’
The Film, Media and Performance programmes at Regent's have been designed to give students the skills to respond to the rapid changes that are happening throughout the creative industries.
Jithin Majeed, a Film, TV & Digital Media Production student said: ‘This course has taught me a great deal in terms of the skills and perseverance required to excel in an industry as cutthroat as film and media. There is a certain level of experience, personal advice and learning outcomes that I believe I could not have got anywhere else.’
Reflecting on the students work, Tristan Tull, senior lecturer in Film, Media & Performance, summed up the evening: ‘I am so proud of all our graduates and of the excellent teaching team that helped these students achieve their individual visions.
‘The screening was a celebration of hard work and creativity. Thank you to all in the HASS Faculty and to our team in Conferences & Events who made this possible.’