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!
Pica Disorder: My Earth Craving | INDIE RAE
An investigative radio documentary into the little known eating disorder called Pica. Non-food cravings cause people to consume non-nutritive and dangerous items like dirt, clay, lightbulbs and cigarette butts which can cause critical health problems. The documentary tells the stories of autistic children and women and seeks to campaign for awareness.
The Beautiful Science: Be the Player | JASON LEWIS
Be the Player is an interactive football gaming experience where you get the chance to find out if you can make the right sports science decisions to aid your performance. Think you’ve got what it takes?
Digital Health: Will virtual reality change healthcare? | MOLLY KERRIGAN
A radio 4 documentary investigating how virtual reality is impacting our medical system. The documentary includes interviews with medical and technology professionals who are at the forefront of pioneering this revolution.
Brexit, A Complex Divide | MATTHEW JOY
This documentary examines the representation of the leave campaign in some sections of the media before, during and after the referendum.
Childfree by Choice | ABBIE ROGERS
A radio documentary exploring the lives of women who choose not to have children and the pressures they face because of this.
Losing The Arts | LIBBY MEWES
Losing the Arts is a documentary about the issues and topics surrounding UK schools cutting Drama and Performing Arts from curriculums.
Leaving for Love: The Overseas Filipino Worker Story | MIGUEL ENRIQUEZ
A short documentary exploring what drives nearly 2.5 million Filipinos to pursue life abroad, even if it comes at the cost of leaving their family behind.
The Taboo of Intimacy | MELO RUSWA
Sex and intimacy is a subject everyone is aware about. From sex education at school to the media at large, sex is unavoidable. However, the discussion about sex isn’t inclusive for everyone. Melo Ruswa investigates whether there is a taboo surrounding sex, intimacy and disability.
The Motherhood Paradox | CHLOE DESAVE
A radio documentary investigating the motherhood penalty through the lives of men and women who want to see an end to discrimination against mothers and pregnant women in the workplace.
Unsafe Spaces: America’s Sexual Violence on Campus | DE’GRAFT MENSAH
1 in 5 US college students are sexually assaulted in the United States every academic year. De’Graft Mensah explores the issue in this short documentary through the lens of both victims and those who are involved in support systems.
Femmes Du Feu: Female Firefighters in a Man’s World | ANNIE HOPSON
A final year radio documentary by Annie Hopson, investigating the underrepresentation of female firefighters.
Cutting the Ties: The impact of Social Media on Estrangement | CHARLIE MILWARD
A radio documentary exploring how social media is having an impact on young adults in the UK who have cut contact with their parents.
Clubbed to Death: Gentrification and its effect on the rave | IZZIE HARGREAVES
Are we doomed for a more gentrified city and less clubs? After the result of Fabric’s reopening, Izzie Hargreaves takes a deeper look into the world of clubbing venues and threats to their future.
Threes Company: Exploring Polyamory | LYDIA O’MALLEY
In this radio documentary we delve into the world of polyamory and explore the changes of modern dating, with interview from experienced and new polys.
Wandering the Waterways | CHARLIE MOTT
A short piece exploring the life of one Waterways Chaplain as he patrols the towpaths of Birmingham. These volunteers face challenges around every corner – We follow Reverend Richard Alford as he explains the ups and downs of life on the water.
The Silent Epidemic: Suicide Among Men | ABIGAIL SHARPLES
The Silent Epidemic is an investigative radio documentary and multimedia project, focusing on the prevalence of male suicide in the UK.
Meningitis: The Killer in Disguise | ABIGAIL SIMPSON
Meningitis is a disease which is killing students and yet most can’t even name the symptoms. This radio documentary looks into the disease, its effects, and what young people can do to start protecting themselves.
Post-Brexit Hate | HANNAH KANE
Reports of hate crime more than doubled in the days after the EU referendum. Is this rise in racially-fuelled attacks here to stay?
How to Make it as an Independent Music Artist | RHIA HARRY
The rise of music streaming sites has allowed people to witness just how many independent artist’s there are. Whether these artists aren’t getting the opportunity to be signed to a major record label or if it’s their choice to stay unsigned, I wanted to find out from independent artists themselves, what they have to do in order to reach success.
Level playing field | ROSIE CRASS
A radio documentary looking at the current state of homophobia in football
Raising Racists | FAUVE VERTEGAAL
Fauve Vertegaal travels back to the Netherlands to rediscover a childhood tradition that has caused a lot of controversy in the past few years.
Shortfalls of Short Lives | CHARLOTTE CALLEAR
A multimedia project exploring why there is a lack of nurses to take care of dying children in the UK and the consequences of it.
Between the Ropes | ADAM GOACHER
Professional wrestling is a sport that has come under scrutiny for a number of years over one simple question, is it real? Throughout this 7 minute documentary I explore the crazy world of professional wrestling, and uncover all the secrets and goings on that this business has to offer.
Road to Equality | GEORGIA DEERE
A 7 minute radio documentary which looks into the issue of misogyny in the UK, with a focus on street harassment.
Social Egg Freezing: The Modern Day Woman | MOLLY REYNOLDS
Social Egg Freezing: The Modern Day Woman is a special radio documentary that investigates women who choose to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons.
Sound Junkies | LAURA HINDS
A 7 minute radio documentary investigating the expanding world of ASMR; the underground internet phenomenon that’s benefits have gone vastly undiscovered by the scientific community and the public, until now.
Deadstock: The New World of Reselling | WILL CHADBON
In this seven minute documentary, I investigate the new phenomenon of online clothes reselling and the impact it is having on young people. The main focus is on the bedroom entrepreneur, the notion that you can make more money selling old clothes on Depop or eBay than you ever could working at a part-time supermarket job. With interviews from a consumer behaviour expert, a professional middleman and a reseller, this documentary attempts to give as much information as possible on the new world of reselling.
Diabulimia: The Hidden Struggle | CHARLOTTE PETTY
‘Diabulimia: The hidden struggle’ is a radio documentary investigating an unknown eating disorder found in Type 1 Diabetics. In this documentary you hear the personal stories of Diabulimia sufferers and the devastating impact this eating disorder had on their lives and that is still affecting them even after their recovery.
Employed by Depression | JODIE BOYCE
Employed By Depression is a 7 minute audio documentary exploring how young people cope in full time work with depression. With stories of people’s experiences, insights from mental health professionals and looking into the legal aspect of discrimination – the stigma around depression in the work place is a key topic that needs to be discussed.
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS | LAURA McKENNA
Laura McKenna explores the mind-boggling world of fruitarianism, and discovers whether the proof really is in the pineapple.
TAILS OF THE ROAD | ALICE BIRD
Horse riders throughout the UK have kicked into gear to put the breaks on preventable road accidents.
SURVIVING SUICIDE | DOM BELCHER
Surviving Suicide is a radio documentary crafted for BBC Radio 1Xtra, for playout on the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stories programme. It tells the stories of three individuals who have been through a battle with suicide. You’ll hear accounts of two individuals who found themselves staring suicide right in the face, and also the account of a father who lost his son to suicide.
Christian Britain: What does that mean? | AMY PODUVAL
David Cameron says that Britain is a Christian country. Through the presenter and interviews, this documentary explores what it means to be Christian country, and whether Britain should be classed as one.
LITTLE ANGELS ABOVE | JESS FOSTER
A radio documentary which gives a voice to parents affected by the death of a baby, and investigates the standards of bereavement support for infant loss in the UK.
LIFE ROLLS ON | POPPY JEFFERY
Life Rolls On, a documentary about how roller derby can be a powerful and transformative sport for some people and can help them transform their lives.
LEST WE FORGET | MOLLY MILEHAM-CHAPPELL
A radio documentary investigating whether historical and military war events have a value and purpose alongside traditional commemorations of war in the 21st Century.
YO SOY CUBA | ANNA VALERIE PUJOL-MAZZINI
From Miami or La Havana, a group of determined rappers are ready to fight for their freedom of expression, and to represent the people of Cuba.
THE BEE DIARIES | KASSIA WORDLEY
Bees are in trouble, their numbers have dwindled more severely in the UK than anywhere else. The Bee Diaries reveals intriguing facts about these little pollinators and meets the people inspired to put themselves at the forefront of conservation.
FORTY WAVES AWAY | JOHN COTTRELL
Countless faces caught in the waves of a modern Odyssey, their journey determined by three factors.
MINEFIELD AND ME | SARAH TIJOU
A documentary exploring the women who work and live in the minefield of Trapeng bei, putting their lives at risk each day for their families.
BRITAIN BIBLE BUBBLE | ROSIE NGURE
Welcome to Britain Bible Bubble. It’s probably not the first time you are hearing that Britain’s church congregations are shrinking and most likely than not, not the last time either. You are about to learn so much more about the situation of christianity in Britain.
KNOW YOUR GENES | PRISCILLA NGETHE
A young couple unmask their fate in hopes of starting a family in the future.
Follow Ernest and Maureen as they find out if Sickle Cell disease is in their genes and how it can affect them in the future.
IT’S A MATCH | KATIE MALLALIEU
It’s A Match is a short, investigative documentary exploring dating in the 21st century and whether the evolution of dating apps and websites has transformed the act of dating into a game.
ICELAND: HOME AWAY | JUSTINA DARACIUTE
Iceland : discovering lives of those who looked for safety
TAKE THE PLUNGE | CHARLOTTE SOUTER-PHILLIPS
The number of people swimming outdoors has risen dramatically in the last year, but why are so many diving into the cold British waters? Is there something that the rest of us don’t know about?
GREED AND DECEPTION: UK PUPPY FARMING EXPOSED | LAURA DICKINSON
You’re probably familiar with the battery farming of chickens. Maybe you buy free range meat and cruelty free cosmetics? But did you know you need to be just as careful when buying a puppy?
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS | TIM TAYLOR
My radio documentary is called ‘Behind Closed Doors.’ A project that tells the story of an asylum seeker that defied all odds to build a life in the UK. I also made a production blog behindcloseddoors123.wordpress.com and a twitter account @timtaylor93 that looks at the wide range of issues that surround asylum seekers/refugees as well as describing how my documentary was made.
FOLLOW MY LEAD | LAURA HATCHER
A short documentary giving an insight into how an autism assistance dog can provide help and support to an autistic child and their family.
THE CATCH OF GAY LOVE | AUGUSTINAS SUKYS
Gay couples in Europe are put in very difficult situations, because the regulation of their relationships vary from country to country.
YEAR OF THE TWERK: IS BIGGER BETTER | RENEE BAILEY
Year of the twerk: Is Bigger Better? sees Renee Bailey explore and experiment the rise of bum enlargement and the influences that pop culture has had on this.
THE PRICE OF OLYMPIC GOLD | BETTY GLOVER
With Rio 2016 around the corner, Team GB athletes are approaching the home straight in their final preparations for the greatest sporting show on earth. This documentary follows some of GB’s top elite on their Olympic journey.
A CHANCE FOR CHAGOS | EMILY WAKEFIELD
After 50 years battling the British government, a small community uprooted from the Chagos Islands may finally find justice.
POWERSLAMS AND PAGEANTRY | MICHAEL WILSON
A documentary about the return of British Professional Wrestling and the people who are bringing it back.
FROM PIT BOOTS TO FOOTBALL PITCHES | ELEANOR REWCASTLE
The inspirational story of a group of underdog coal miners who defied all odds.
THE BIG BLEACH: SKIN WHITENING UNCOVERED | LAUREN ANTHONY
A powerful, investigative documentary that unearths the secrets of the skin lightening industry.
(LIFE ON LONDON’S) BOTTOM RUNG | ALEX FOLKARD
A documentary investigating affordable housing policy in London.
LIFE AFTER BARS: HOW PRISON SET ME FREE | LEXIE O’HARA
Ray is an ex-convict and truly believes that prison was ‘the best thing that ever happened to him’. We follow Ray on his journey back to Winchester Prison and hear about how his life was both before and after prison.
THE MEN WHO SAVED THEIR FOOTBALL CLUB | BEN FISHER
Portsmouth fans saved their football club from going bust – but what impact has it had upon those involved?
DON’T VOTE YOU’RE AN IDIOT | KATRINA QUICK
Portsmouth fans saved their football club from going bust – but what impact has it had upon those involved?
ALCOHOL BOUGHT IN VOLUME | CHRIS FAY
A radio documentary analysing the restriction of production of high ABV drinks and the affect they have on the vulnerable people they target.
BLACKENGLANDMANAGER | CONOR COSTELLO
BlackEnglandManager is a short, investigative documentary looking into why there is a lack of black and ethnic minority (BME) coaches in football in England
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.