Many of our Digital Media students on our TV & Film courses are getting to benefit from the College’s partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) once again. 166 Students over 8 days got to take part in the Annual BFI Into Film festival. The festival took place from 6 – 22 November, and the Into Film Festival helps educators bring learning to life for 5 – 19 year olds across the UK by inspiring young people to watch, understand and make film in new and creative ways.
One of the films that a group of students were taken to see was ‘The Swallows of Kabul’ (2019). — “In 1998, Kabul is under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love, and despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.”
Another film they got to see was ‘Limbo’ (2020) at local independent and arthouse destination, Broadway Cinema. The film is “A wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results, ahead of the Refugee Week”.
They also got to take part in an Q & A afterward too. Of which some students got to test out their reviewing skills saying:
Seb Barker: “It was like nothing that I’ve ever watched before, mind-blowing, dealing with such a delicate topic, handling it with such care and elegance, whilst still being one of the funniest films I have watched. I loved the Q&A 10/10”.
Morgan Jenkins: “I really loved this film. It was visually beautiful; I felt the cinematography and slow pacing really demonstrated the bleak reality for refugees in this country. It’s a sardonic and meaningful representation of such a pressing issue and was explored sensitively with care however the film remained funny. Overall, one of the most perfect films I’ve ever seen, I highly recommend
Creative Media students, some journalism students and other TV & Film students also got to experience other films throughout the 8 days of the festival, including, Following the events of COP26, the film A Beautiful Planet (2016) on the IMAX screen in Cineworld, Astronauts aboard the International Space Station capture breath-taking footage of the natural wonders of Earth. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.