Local filmmakers celebrated at first Oxford Filmmakers Night

Wednesday, 04 May 2016

Oxford Filmmakers Night

The Oxford Brookes’ Documentary Club will be hosting its first Oxford Filmmakers Night on Thursday 5 May to celebrate local filmmaking talent.

The Club will screen seven short documentary films which have been submitted by a mix of Oxford Brookes University students and local filmmakers. The films, which running times range between six and 38 minutes, explore topics such as what it is like to be homeless in Oxford, male suicide and addiction to smartphones and social media.

The Oxford Filmmakers Night will be a fantastic grand finale to a successful year of thought-provoking, entertaining and inspiring screenings by the Documentary Club. I’m delighted to be celebrating local, independent filmmakers alongside work by our students.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Paul Inman, Oxford Brookes University

Pro Vice-Chancellor Paul Inman said: “The Oxford Filmmakers Night will be a fantastic grand finale to a successful year of thought-provoking, entertaining and inspiring screenings by the Documentary Club. I’m delighted to be celebrating local, independent filmmakers alongside work by our students.

“The Club has received a tremendous amount of support over the last year and has built up a loyal audience of students, staff and members of the local community. I’m looking forward to September and a diverse, new programme of documentaries for the academic year.”

The films to be featured at Oxford Filmmakers Night are:

The Unanswered Question – a film produced by first-year Digital Media Production students investigating the existence of ghosts and life after death in the Oxford surroundings. 

Hidden Voice – In this film by Oxford-based photographer and filmmaker Roger Gilboy, ‘Neda’, a young Afghan woman talks about forced marriage, marital violence and how it had a devastating effect on both herself and her immediate family. 

Full Stop – Digital Media Production students provide an insight into suicide amongst young adults. This moving piece incorporates an account from an anonymous suicide survivor, a letter from a mother whose sixteen year old son suddenly died from suicide, as well as an interview with a Samaritan representative. Since it's first unveiling earlier this year, Full Stop has been nominated for two awards at the Brighton Public Health Film Festival and the Eskisehir Short Film Festival in Turkey.

More than Just a Mirror – Oxfordshire filmmaker, project manager and media tutor Sharon Woodward documents a museum project researching the origins of a 2000-year old Iron Age mirror found by a metal detectorist in South Oxfordshire in 2006.

No Just Homeless – A group of formerly homeless people took on the challenge to document what it is like to be homeless in Oxford; the least affordable city in the UK. The video project was delivered by community development organisation InsightShare during the summer of 2015.

The Crisis of Disconnection – A light-hearted observation by first-year Digital Media Production students reporting on the addiction to smartphones and social media their generation is currently experiencing.

Friendley on Health in Blackbird Leys – Campaigning group Get the Picture worked with the Friendleys group from Blackbird Leys to produce this film on health for the Oxfordshire Health Inequalities Commission. In the film, the Friendleys talk about their health in general and highlight difficulties in getting GP appointments and a lack of public transport services.

Speaking about working on the project as part of her course, first year Digital Media Production student Betsy-May Smith said: “My experience with the Documentary Club has been brilliant and indispensable. Due to the nature of doing a degree in Film Studies, we deal with a lot of fiction, but personally my heart has always lied in the realms of the factual. 

“Volunteering with the club has given me the opportunity to explore my passion further, enriching, inspiring and educating me weekly on a variety of topics.”

After the film screenings, audience members will be able to vote for their favourite and three winners will receive a prize from the Documentary Club. 

The Documentary Club hosts a programme of free screenings, discussions and special-guest events on Thursday evening. Last month, award-winning director Jerry Rothwell joined the Documentary Club for a Q&A before the screening of his feature documentary How to Change the World. In February, in partnership with the Oxford Human Rights Festival, the Documentary Club welcomed Pakistani diplomat and father to Malala, Ziauddin Yousafzai who introduced the screening of He Named Me Malala.

The Documentary Club will be back with a new programme in September 2016.

The Oxford Filmmakers Night takes place on Thursday 5 May between 7.00pm and 9.00pm in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus. The event is free and open to all to attend. Information about booking your place can be found on the Events webpages

More information about studying Digital Media Production can be found on the School of Arts webpages