Welcome to BUzz Docs! This is the home of documentary for final year BA(Hons) Multimedia Journalism students. Our stories inspire. They uncover. And they entertain. Thanks for watching!
Forget the Oscars, forget the BAFTAs, the accolades handed out at the Buzz Docs Festival are the most sought after award in filmmaking in 2014. Gathering together the best documentary filmmakers from the undergraduate journalism degree at Bournemouth University to reward them for their hard work and creative talent, the first award ceremony is set to take place on Friday 9th May at the Pavilion Dance.
Don’t miss out on your chance to play a part in the awards by voting for your favourite film in the ‘Audience Award’ category.
MY LITTLE BRONY | ROSIE LORD
Since My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic premiered in 2010, it’s been steadily building up an unexpectedly fervent fan-base. What should have been a show for little girls has transformed in a phenomenon that’s challenging gender and age stereotypes by attracting a predominantly male, older audience.
My Little Brony explores the often-ignored younger sector of the fandom.
GET MY HANDS OFF ME | ROXANA WATSON
Get My Hands Off Me explores two rare conditions, Trichotillomania, compulsive hair-pulling and Dermatillomania, compulsive skin-picking.
It is told through the emotional journeys of Laura and Charlotte, two young sufferers.
An honest and saddening portrayal of what it is like to live with underreported and under researched conditions that may leave you bald and scared.
PCSOS: THE CUT PRICE COPS? | ETHAN DAISH
The role of police community support officers has been the subject of much debate since their introduction in 2002. Fewer people now question their usefulness, however, and those in the force widely regard PCSOs as crucial to policing in the UK. But while cuts to police budgets mean there are less regular officers in our neighbourhoods, there are increasing concerns that PCSOs may be being used in the wrong way, being given extra powers and forced to go beyond their intended role. PCSOs: The Cut-Price Cops? follows a PCSO in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, to investigate the legitimacy of these concerns, as well as hearing from senior members of the force and key political figures.
THE WORLD’S BIGGEST LIAR | CHRIS RICKETT
Tucked deep within the Peak District, a small village boasts about having Britain’s most bizarre local custom. Venture into the quaint village of Santon Bridge to discover the truth behind the lies. Already home to England’s deepest lake and smallest church, this documentary offers a revealing insight into Santon’s annual lying competition – all in search of the World’s Biggest Liar. Can Johnny Liar, 76-year-old farmer and all-time reigning champion, clinch the title for the eighth time? It has to be seen to be believed.
SOUVIENS-TOI REMEMBER | HOLLIE BORLAND
In the Haute-Vienne region of France lies Oradour-sur-Glane. The land is scarred by the massacre of an entire village by Nazi soldiers on 10th June 1944. Under the decree of President Charles de Gaulle, the ruins cannot be destroyed and remain as they were on the day of the murders. This documentary explores what the remains mean to France, featuring interviews from Dr Iain Stewart from Queen Mary University, and Cécile Faure from the Centre de la Mémoire d’Oradour-sur-Glane.
CHILDREN OF MOTHER RUSSIA | ANNA GILLESPIE
A revealing insight into the care system of Russia… told by the very people who grew up in it
TOURING THE DIVIDE | JESSICA LONG
A look at the dark side of tourism in Belfast and if it’s helping the city move on from its recent troubled past
FOOTBALL’S LOST FORTUNES | JASPER TAYLOR
A documentary that explores the growing issue of retired footballers who lose every penny they have earnt.
CAST ASHORE | NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
The story of Alan Harris, a retired sailor from Cardiff, Wales. At age 15 Alan set sail delivering trade goods around the world. Alan visited numerous countries from Yokohoma, Japan to Vitoria, Brazil. Now aged 73 Alan has retired and has children and grandchildren. We discuss his time at sea as well as looking at his life today as a retiree. Cast Ashore is part of the Retirement Series, a series aiming to eradicate the stigma of retirement by talking to those who are fulfilling and enjoying their coming of age.
THE HOMELESS GOAL | KYLE WALLER
The Homeless Goal documentary takes you on the journey of Carlos Guzman and Priscilla Ibacache, who recently overcome social vulnerability to represent Chile at the Homeless World Cup in Poznan, Poland. Read all about Fútbol Calle; the sports social program that teaches life values and morals to addicts and homeless people through the combination of methodical workshops and football. Listen to the Homeless World Cup President and co-founder, Mel Young discuss how a drink with fellow social entrepreneur, Harald Schmied led to the creation of one of the biggest and most successful social projects ever.
BAKE IT BETTER | BRONYA SMOLEN
Meet the brave people who are baking themselves better, one wooden spoon at a time.
87% of people in a recent study said that baking makes them feel happier, but how? In a 7-minute documentary, I meet the bakers who get more out of the kitchen than just fresh bread.
I visit Crumbs bakery, a charity organisation that employs people with mental illnesses, learning difficulties and other disabilities, and speak to others who have felt the benefit of baking on their health and recovery.
From kneading to icing, what is it about the classic pastime that helps people on their journey to better health?
IS MY MAKEUP KILLING ME? | NATALIE TAYLOR
A documentary which explores the health impact the manufacturing of cosmetics can have on us and asks whether we should be using natural makeup instead.