Young filmmakers picked for BBC show

Published: 19 January 2015 at 15:16

Filmmakers Jo Gill (left) and Hayley Dean (right) with Jack (centre)

Anglia Ruskin Film & Television Production students attend London premiere

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Two projects produced by Anglia Ruskin University students as part of their coursework will feature in Life Through Your Lens, a BBC Three programme that will air later this year.

One of the films, Jack: Differently Abled, was produced by BA (Hons) Film & Television Production students Jo Gill and Hayley Dean, and released online last year as part of the BBC Fresh series. It follows the day-to-day life of Jack, a student at Impington Village College who has cerebral palsy.

Hayley said: "We wanted to strip away the taboos of disability, concentrating on how fulfilling life is for Jack but also touching on the difficult times they have faced as a family. Most importantly we wanted to highlight Jack's abilities, and show what a strong support network he has around him."

Jack: Differently Abled has already gained attention after various charities helped to promote it, with over 6,000 views on YouTube.

Hayley and Jo, now in their final year of our BA (Hons) Film & Television Production course, are currently working on another short documentary, this time focusing on people who care for the disabled. They are looking at the reasons why people volunteer their time to assist those who have disabilities and explore the relationships between carers and the disabled.

X by David Powell, a recent Film & Television Production graduate from Anglia Ruskin, will also be featured on the show. X is a short film about the treatment of disabled people in Portugal compared to the UK.

The filmmakers were invited to a preview screening of the Life Through Your Lens programme at the BBC's New Broadcasting House in London on 15 January.

Before the event, Hayley said: "We are really, really excited! It's a great opportunity to meet filmmakers and industry professionals, and discuss our film in depth. We are taking Jack's parents to the screening as guests too, which is a lovely way for us to thank them for allowing our trust and cameras into their lives."

Dr Shreepali Patel, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Production, said: "We are extremely proud of Jo, Hayley and David. I have seen them really work through the complex ethical debates within their subject matter and step out of their comfort zones in order to tell the stories of their central characters. I have no doubt that we will continue to see more insightful and thought-provoking films from them."