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Former students’ true crime film attracts media attention

Through Our Eyes Monday 8 February 2016

Some of the most challenging issues facing modern British society are tackled in a series of short films produced by two Hope alumni.

Joe Reel and Ian Broadhurst joined film production company Through Our Eyes after graduating from Hope and are now preparing for their first film premiere.

The pair who work as Location Manager and Art Director, and Web and Social Media Manager respectively, will welcome journalists, critics and film fans alike to the screening of four hard-hitting short films they have helped to create.

Voices from the Margins will be shown at Manchester’s new theatre venue HOME on Thursday 18th March at 8.40pm, and is expected to draw interest from the press following the high-profile nature of the team’s most recent film.

Murderous Injustice is based on the true-story of the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi who was killed on an estate in Bristol in 2013. The film explores how the event unravelled in a peaceful community and shattered the status quo.

Joe, who studied Film and TV production at Hope, described how the film was shot in a continuous motion on a housing estate in Liverpool.

“I spent months scouting out prospective locations where we could shoot and convincing local residents and the police to allow the filming to go ahead was the biggest challenge,” he said.

“In the end, we filmed on an estate in Aigburth and the families living there were extras.”

Following the recent prosecution of a PC and community support officer involved in the case, the film has sparked an interest in the press.

Joe and Ian have been interviewed by The Independent and the Bristol Post, and are set to speak with the BBC about the production.

Ian, a Hope History and Media graduate, said: “With Through Our Eyes, we want to address real issues affecting real people in today’s society, and we not only work on our own ideas and concepts, but welcome suggestions from screenwriters.”

The screening of Voices from the Margins will be open to the public and tickets can be purchased via HOME.

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