Award winning filmmaker visits Staffordshire students

“It is so important for students to learn from people who are actually out there making films and television shows. Being able to meet these professionals, and see that they are real people like them, is a great way of inspiring the students.”

Dan Hopkins, Experimental Film Production Course Leader

An award winning documentary maker has been sharing her industry insight with aspiring filmmakers at Staffordshire University.

German director Christine Franz visited campus for an exclusive Q&A with students and a screening of her documentary about Nottingham-based electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods just days after it won Best Film at the Q Awards.

“Lots of people said the film was too niche - who would be interested in a bus driver and an unemployed beatmaker who used to work in a chicken factory?!” Christine explained.

“So I'm hoping to inspire the students to not always listen to other people, do their own thing and listen to their hearts.”

The resulting documentary Bunch of Kunst was Christine's first foray into filmmaking after beginning her career as a music journalist and working on German television's longest running music show.

She said: “It's very important for students to connect with people in the industry. If I hadn't already been working the television industry then I wouldn't have been able to make this documentary.”

The visit came about after students Adam Coadey and Robert Clough from the BA (Hons) Experimental Film Production course pushed for the documentary to be shown at the Film Theatre on campus earlier this year. When their lecturer tweeted about the screening, Christine saw it and got in touch.

“It's nice knowing that this has happened because of that screening and great to get get exciting visitors in,” commented Adam.

Robert added: “I think it's brilliant. Sometimes film feels like this huge bubble away from the public view so to actually meet a director like Christine makes it more accessible.”

Students will be treated to further visits from acclaimed screenwriter Chris Lang and Icelandic filmmaker Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir this week.

Dan Hopkins, Experimental Film Production Course Leader, believes direct links with industry professionals is vital for students.

“It is so important for students to learn from people who are actually out there making films and television shows. Being able to meet these professionals, and see that they are real people like them, is a great way of inspiring the students.”

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