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Martyna Ratnikaite

Profession
BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies student
College
London College of Communication
Person Type
Student
Martyna  Ratnikaite

Biography

Martyna is a first year student on BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies at London College of Communication (LCC).

Interview

Why did you choose to study this course and why London College of Communication?

I chose BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies, as industry-oriented film courses turned out to be one of those special snowflakes – degree courses that are extremely hard to come across. Apart from being part of the 2nd best art and design university for in the world, I also chose LCC because the building looked like home - Eastern Europe – hidden in plain sight in the middle of central London.

What was the highlight of your first term at LCC?

Most definitely being selected to attend Berlin Film Festival alongside four of my course mates!

Have you had any opportunities to engage with industry whilst on the course? 

Yes! I had the chance to meet people working in various film-related fields both in and outside the university, such as archiving, programming, organising festivals or producing films. I am sure that many more encounters await in the near future.

What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?

If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. Also, read more books.

Where would you like to be in five years' time?

I'm still trying to figure this one out, as apart from playing the trumpet in a jazz band I’m open to suggestions. Yet I can share my plan for 2020 -  I’m currently programming a season dedicated to the critical exploration of propaganda in a community cinema in Deptford and working on a screenplay for a feature film set in the 70’s Las Vegas.

How do you find being a student in London? Describe your dream day in London.

London is way too expensive, loud and crowded – yet there isn’t a place I would rather be at this point in time.

My very best days in London happen when buddies from abroad come to visit – because while showing them the city, I can once again see it for the very first time myself. On that note, my top picks for London’s first-timers are a brutalist utopia in a form of the Barbican estate, Brockwell park in the neighbourhood where David Bowie grew up, and an Italian family restaurant E Pellicci – a hidden Brick Lane’s gem.

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View the BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies course page.