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Hope graduates’ film premieres at Manchester’s art house venue HOME

Film students Tuesday 22 March 2016

Four hard-hitting short films co-created by Hope alumni Joe Reel and Ian Broadhurst premiered to a full house at Manchester’s HOME.

Voices from the Margins features a series of stories produced by film company Through Our Eyes, which tackle social issues within Britain and gives a voice to the disenfranchised.

Introduced by Director Gavin Scott Whitfield, the screening featured The Last Regal King Size, Thomas Hartley, The Slain and Murderous Injustice.

Joe, who studied Film and TV Production at Hope, and History and Media graduate Ian joined Through Our Eyes after university and were among the team that created perhaps the evening’s most topical film Murderous Injustice.

The short was based on the true-story of the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi, who was killed on an estate in Bristol in 2013, and whose death was covered widely in the press.

In the lead up to the premiere, The Independent, The Bristol Post and indie magazine The Skinny carried news of the films production alongside coverage of the real-life court case.

Discussing the competitive nature of the film industry, Joe and Ian provided advice for Media students currently studying at Hope.

Ian said: “Don’t wait until you’ve finished your degree to look for work, get involved early - pick up equipment and have a go.”

Joe added that experience is important, but will not always be profitable. He said: “Don’t be afraid to work for free if it means you can get exposure to the industry.”

The films were well received and successfully challenged preconceptions, undoubtedly leaving the audience to reflect on the message and state of British society long after the credits rolled. 

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