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Former film studies students career success

16th November 2017

Two former Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) film studies students are celebrating after their film has been selected for use at both the 2017 Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and the 2018 London Short Film Festival. 

The two ex-NULC students, Patrick Taylor, aged 23, originally from Fenton, but now based in London, and Leo Robinson, aged 23 from Porthill, collaborated for the film entitled Kiss (Two).  Leo produced the lyrics and music whilst Patrick directed. 

The Super 8 film, which features a woman showing that actions speak louder than words in a support group meeting, has been selected for both the 2017 Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and the 2018 London Short Film Festival. 

Patrick Taylor, who progressed from NULC to study Film and Television at The London College of Communication commented: "We’re ecstatic that this video has been selected for use at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and the London Short Film Festival.  The video deals with themes of anxiety and release. Whether it’s depression, addiction or bereavement, the effects can be debilitating. Yet what remains is a universal desire to make peace with yourself and the world around you. We attempt to express this through dance.”

Verica Travar-Williams, Curriculum Leader for Film Studies at NULC said: “I’m incredibly proud of our students.  It’s great to hear about their career success after they’ve left the college.”

Now in its 11th year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature.  The annual festival takes place in venues across Scotland from 10-29 October, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

Newcastle-under-Lyme College offers A Level courses in Film Studies, Media Studies, Photography, Graphics and Art. In 2016 77% of our A Level Film Studies students were awarded grades A*-B. For further information on courses visit www.nulc.ac.uk, email info@nulc.ac.uk or call 01782 254254.

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