University of Plymouth students studying BA (Hons) Film & Television Production have assisted Trevi House, the local leading women’s charity in Plymouth, in filming its 2018 Christmas Campaign this year.
A group of first year students spent the day at Trevi House in November and filmed the charity’s Christmas video. They then edited the film ready for its launch on Monday 10th December.
The film highlights some of the shocking statistics centred on child care services including every 16 minutes another child is taken into care and only 1 in 10 are reunited with their mum. It features Becky Sanders, a specialist Key Worker at the residential rehabilitation site and Jasmine Casey, an ex-child resident who was at Trevi approximately 16 years ago with her mum and baby brother. Coincidentally Jasmine, who moved away from the area, attended the University of Plymouth a few years ago to study Media Arts as a student.
Phaedra Stancer, Lecturer and Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Media Arts programme at the University of Plymouth states: “Jasmine was an award-winning student who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Arts here at the University of Plymouth. We are proud of her, and the students who volunteered their time to tell her story.
“Media practices can be powerful tools for good or bad, and ethics and issues of representation are important elements in the teaching of the Media courses here at Plymouth. Our Collaborative Practice module involves developing and realising a creative project with people and organisations beyond the University. Students have done fantastic work promoting and supporting a range of local charities over the years, and some of our graduates have built upon this, going on to work with social enterprises and community interest companies.
“Many, like the Film & Television Production students involved in this project, volunteer their free time and skills to support others outside of their module work.”
So far in just 3 days, donations have arrived from all over the world in excess of £2,000 with messages such as: “Your work is vital in supporting these brave women and long may it continue” and, “What phenomenal work you do. If I lived nearer I’d sign to volunteer in a flash!”