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News Students help to make true crime documentary

A true crime show made with help from Staffordshire University students is being aired on Channel 5 tonight

Students helped behind the scenes of the new documentary
Image: Students helped behind the scenes of the new documentary

To recreate the violent attack on Stephen Cameron the crew had to work with a range of locations to make the filming safe as possible. This included airfields and private racetracks to take full control of the complex filming and the students gained invaluable experience.

Paul Ottey, Course Leader

The revealing documentary Road Rage Murder: Stephen Cameron made by Manchester-based Title Role Productions is being broadcast at 10.30pm, Thursday 11 February.

It explores the 1996 killing of Stephen Cameron, who died from stab wounds after being attacked by a fellow driver on the M25 slip-road and Film and Media Production students were part of the crew which helped to recreate the dramatic events.

Course Leader Paul Ottey: “To recreate the violent attack on Stephen Cameron the crew had to work with a range of locations to make the filming safe as possible. This included airfields and private racetracks to take full control of the complex filming and the students gained invaluable experience.”

Staffordshire University has strong links with Title Role Productions and has helped them to create factual television programmes for more than a decade, providing students with work experience across the whole production process.

Fiona Graham, Associate Professor of Film Technology at Staffordshire University, has developed several series about Britain’s major crimes and helped to establish the relationship with Title Role.

She said: “We have been an industry and academic team for many years and have created over 30 factual broadcast films together. Our students get hands-on experience and gain industry knowledge first-hand from amazing directors, production managers and producers.

“This is so important for new talent coming into the industry and helps students to gain credits for their CV from a Royal Television Society awarded company. We’re proud to have Title Role as a friend and supporter of Staffs and hope our relationship will continue for many years.”

Helen Tonge, Managing Director of Title Role Productions, added: “Tragedies like Stephen’s murder are always difficult to tell and do justice, but it helps to work with talented people to bring it together. Having Paul Ottey and Staffordshire University students on the team was a real asset and helped to create a rounded documentary.”

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