Arctic Flight Among Cool Screenings At Student Film Night

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Date posted: 28 May 2013

Unique footage of flights over the Arctic Circle, horror and suspense shorts, and social documentaries will feature in the University of Derby's annual showcase of final year students' films.

Students from the University's BA (Hons) Film and Video Production degree course will screen ten short films they've created for the 'Cinerama' event, at the QUAD Derby cinema from 6pm (films start at 7pm) on Monday June 10.

Awards will be presented by Robin Hardy, director of cult horror classic The Wicker Man; and fellow film directors Steven Shiel and Chris Cooke, who both have strong local connections. Alan Piper (Operations Director of RED Digital Cinema) will also be a special guest at the event.

The evening will be free and open to the public, with tickets available by ringing the Quad box office on 01332 290606 or online via website Dress code for the evening will be 'black tie'.

Among the night's proud film-makers will be Jess Victor, who had to delay the completion of her degree course after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Jess, 23, said: "I finished the second year of my degree in June 2011 but fell ill before starting my third year in the September. When I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma I received chemotherapy treatment the very next day, as doctors told me my condition would otherwise be 'terminal' within a matter of three weeks."

During her year out, including six months of chemotherapy treatment which led to a remission of the cancer, Jess struck up a conversation with members of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) project.

This joint Met Office and Natural Environment Research Council collaboration uses a BAe-146-301 Atmospheric Research Aircraft to measure atmospheric conditions around the world, to aid UK research bodies. The aircraft is owned by BAE Systems and operated for them by Directflight Ltd, out of Jess' home county, Bedfordshire.

The chance meeting with FAAM team members led to two weeks in the Arctic Circle in March (2013), filming its work measuring the region's atmospheric conditions. The FAAM documentary was made by Jess and fellow students Adam Barnes, Sam Drake, Smita Odedra and Alex Simpson.

"The FAAM plane would do five hour circular flights running from their base hangar at Kiruna, in northern Sweden, and via Svalbard, north-east of Iceland and part of Norway, and back. We couldn't go on every flight but friends gave us expensive, small digital cameras which we could place in the plane to get footage and the University also provided a broadcast camera to us on an extended loan." added Jess.

A ten minute short FAAM film has been produced for the June 10 Degree Shows film showcase but its makers have enough footage for a half-hour version, which they hope to show at documentary film festivals internationally.

Other short films (each around ten minutes long) to be screened at the Derby Quad event include:

  • The Fisherman's Son - a fisherman with anxiety problems finds out he has a son
  • The Coolest Kid - a boy tries to fit in at his new school
  • Iblis - a psychological thriller
  • All The Wall's Clocks - a man has to deal with his past and issues of regret
  • The Last Meal - a horror story about two characters in an isolated setting
  • Monozygotic - a story of twin sisters, one of whom has severe agrophobia
  • Rebecca - a young woman is introduced to a stepdad who is not quite what he seems
  • My Ears, My Life Story - a short documentary featuring deaf children talking about their hearing impairment
  • Lumi - a commercial fashion film.

Funding for the film night has been raised by students working with the Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District. Film-makers will produce a promotional video of the Cathedral Quarter; highlighting different business sectors and the area's work, leisure and shopping opportunities.

The University's annual Degree Shows - this year called 'The Big Show' - feature free public displays of students' work in crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, music technology, creative expressive therapies, art therapy and many more subjects. All displays will be open to the public from Saturday June 1 to Tuesday June 11, at the University's Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites in Derby.

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