Showcase – Filmmaking Finalist Work

Featured Finalists from Filmmaking
Each year, finalists from Media Production in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities show their work in showcases. These have taken place in person, online and in hybrid formats over the years. Clicking on any of the links below will show you examples of just some of the wide range of student work produced this year.

flutterby

Short Synopsis:

‘flutterby’, is a short film that follows a young man struggling to find his place in the world. He has never and will never act upon his urges because he knows them to be morally wrong; he is a paedophile. As he tries to rid himself of his curse and integrate himself into society, he battles with the hatred of his own existence, loneliness and isolation.This film begs the question: Is this character a bad person? You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Director’s Statement:

“The first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think; what you think next defines who you are.” This quote summarises the debate of a film that I have shelved for years for fear of a backlash. However, I have reached the stage where my curiosity to explore this discussion far outweighs any trepidation of confrontation.My interest in this topic stems from my awareness of unjust stereotypes; the “Lime green Porsche owner needs to compensate for something”, or the classic “British people have bad teeth” -which I find decidedly misplaced as a Brit who had a big piece of metal in my mouth for 3 years… So, what would happen if I took these trivial and somewhat humorous stereotypes to an extreme degree. What would happen if I presented the idea that not all Paedophiles are necessarily evil, brutal manipulators –but can be people suffering from a severe mental issue that they actively circumvent because they hold a personality trait that defines the good in humanity –a conscience. The debate I propose highlights the presumed status of the term ‘paedophile’ and instead suggests that celibate paedophiles don’t deserve the same hostility as those who have committed a crime. Surely, wouldn’t they find external help more beneficial than punishment?Backing this controversial idea will potentially scare some of you, but I assure you that I will do the concept justice, and it will by no means stray into the realm of moral questionability. I hope that you will help me bring this fascinating, ifnot potentially ground-breaking film to fruition.

Missing Moments

Short Synopsis:

A queer romantic comedy about a career driven lawyer, Michelle, who moves back in with her old friend Chris, a painter and dreamer. We follow them as they rekindle their old friendship which soon turns to romance and we follow along with all the complications that go with it. When Michelle starts looking for a new job out of town, tensions rise. and Will Chris step out of her comfort zone or will she simply let Michelle go?

Director’s Statement:

As well as assimilating tostandard romantic comedy tropes, I wanted to adapt these, to subvert the heteronormative standards that these films present. Romantic comedies are traditionally used by Hollywood to “return the female to a traditionally and ideologically conventional position” (Neale, cited in Rochelle Mobry, 2004:11), this ideological position being that of a woman in a long-term heterosexual relationship with a man who will “love and take care of her forever” (Rochelle Mobry 2004: 12). Missing Moments subverts this firstly through the film being about two women falling in love but also by finishing with an open-ended conclusion, meaning that neither character falls into a traditional, heteronormative position of a long-term monogamous relationship.

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