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Spotlight on MA Documentary Film – LCC Postgraduate Shows 2018

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Screenshot 2018-12-04 at 13.17.13

Written by
Dayna McAlpine
Published date
04 December 2018

Students from the MA Documentary Film course leave as multi-skilled filmmakers, able to direct, shoot, and edit impressively professional work.  Graduates from this course join the next generation of celebrated faces behind the camera, showing their films in festivals, winning awards and working in broadcasting and the creative industries.

This year’s films, shown in LCC Postgraduate Shows 2018: Show 2, 5th – 8th December 2018, include a record of the longest train journey in the world, personal work exploring family histories, life in remote communities in Finland and Africa, and much more.

Here we shine a spotlight on some of projects on show…

Constantine Elijah

‘Blue T-Shirt’

‘The film ‘Blue T-shirt’ is an observation of the director’s mental state during filming. Applying for this course Constantine originally proposed to make a documentary about his experience of adult ADHD. But when he approached filming, he entered a period of depression. Experiencing this made it impossible for him to isolate his ADHD from his broader emotions. ‘Blue T-shirt’ is his attempt to understand what was happening, and to share his experience of raw emotions with his audience. Constantine made it in the form of a diary, because he felt this would be perfect for observing himself. It reflects rather than shapes.’

Sarah Franke

‘Below the Flood Gate’

‘As sea levels rise, land loss is affecting coastal communities all around the world. This film highlights one such community, putting a human face on an environmental issue by introducing viewers to the eclectic characters who call Cocodrie, Louisiana home. Cocodrie is at the “end of the road,” the last stop before the Gulf of Mexico. Vulnerable to flooding and excluded from a new levee system, Cocodrie has seen a drastic population decline in recent years. Bebe, Vic, and Father Silva, however, have no intention of leaving Cocodrie. Below the Flood Gate is a portrait of a place, its residents, and their vibrant culture, all at risk of disappearing within this lifetime.’