A film project involving Bournemouth University has been acclaimed by legendary director Ken Loach’s studio.
The SPIRIT OF ‘13 project was organised by Mr Loach’s studio 16 Films along with The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, Media Education Association and Media Magazine to encourage youth to get involved in film while broadening their knowledge of post-war Britain.
Rebecca O’Brien, a producer for 16 Films stated: “It’s been amazing to be able to engage with young people through the SPIRIT OF ‘13 project.” when asked about working with the young minds.
The program was organised in conjunction with the release of Loach’s latest documentary The Spirit of ‘45 and has encouraged 25-and-unders to create a response to themes addressed in the film.
O’Brien added when discussing the pertinence of the youths’ shorts to The Spirit of ‘45: “This project made young people tackle the subject [of change] and find ways in which to make it relevant to their own lives today and to think about lessons from that history.”
The screenings of the final submissions in the contest along with Loach’s documentary took place at British Film Institute of films (BFI) on London’s Southbank on December 6th.
They were followed by a panel including Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien along with several of the participants in the project which is now available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3dYF5A7DKw#t=3871
Contestants’ videos for the project are freely available on the SPIRIT OF ‘13 Vimeo channel: http://vimeo.com/channels/thespiritof13