University film success inspiring many

Writer Emma Atkinson discusses film success for Newcastle students

Emma Atkinson
26th October 2019
BBC Iplayer Paper Skin
Staff, students and alumni of Newcastle University have received recognition from major Broadcasting Networks and International Film Festivals for their short films.

Two of our own English graduates were selected to be apart of the New Creatives scheme and make short films that were broadcasted on the programme Rhyme and Reason: BBC Introducing Arts last month on BBC Four. Georgia Mulrain’s short film Elephant in the Room explores what it means to be mixed race whilst Isobel Clark’s Paper Skin showcases the experiences of a young woman with a number of ‘sugar daddies’. 

Meanwhile, PHD student Evripids Karydis’ work is, in his own words, ‘being acknowledged by the filmmaking community all around the world’. At the European Film Festival Mainstream and Underground he achieved Best Documentary for his film 98.

Technician James Davoll won best Experimental Film for the film Adlais at the Wales International Film Festival. The film was additionally shortlisted for an award at a BAFTA qualifying Film Festival. James also won best Experimental Film with a fellow staff member Dr Clifton Evers at the ReelHeart International Film Awards in Toronto for their film A Toxic Love Affair. 

James Davoll spoke on his success commenting that:

‘Being nominated for and receiving these recent awards really endorses the quality of these projects and the conscious decisions to push the practice of film making'

The Newcastle University CoHere project’s research inspired Dr Ian McDonalds film Who is Europe? Which has been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research in Film award. Research also inspired Simona Palladino’s documentary Age is just a Bingo Number, which is based around her PhD research into the North East’s Italian community. Her film has also been selected for many film festivals and was presented with the Pietro Corsi Award from the Italian municipality of Casacelenda.

These many achievements are not only motivating to those mentioned but to other members of the community pursuing the same creative pathway.

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