Cinematographer Ben Smithard to speak at UWE Bristol London Graduate Show

Issue date: 19 June 2014


Guest Lecture: Saturday 21 June from 13:00 – 15:00

Venue: The Bargehouse (4th Floor) South Bank, London SE1 9PH

London Graduate Show: 19 – 22 June 2014,The Bargehouse, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

Talented graduates from UWE Bristol's BA (Hons) Photography, Filmmaking and Creative Media (FCM) and Animation courses will be joined by renowned Cinematographer Ben Smithard BSC at their London Graduate Show as part of celebrations to mark 20 years of graduating students from the FCM course.

Course leaders are delighted to host a prestigious talk with Ben Smithard in conversation with Professor Terry Flaxton , Head of UWE Bristol's Centre for Moving Image Research. With supporting clips Ben will talk about his latest film Belle (2013) and other films: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013), My Week with Marilyn (2011), The Damned United (2009) and next year's release of the Best Marigold Hotel 2 (2015). He has also worked on commercials and television (The Trip, 2010) and will in this discussion outline his creative influences and speak about how he established a career in the British film industry.

Abigail Davies, Associate Head of Department, Lens Media and Moving Image at UWE Bristol, said, “We are delighted that Ben has been able to join us for these important celebrations for this innovative practice-based, Skillset accredited course. Filmmaking teaches creative storytelling for the 21st century and craft skills for industry. Ben's achievements demonstrate the importance of combining these skills for a successful career.”

The talk, limited to 150 places, is part of a FREE series of events held during the London Graduation Show for UWE Bristol's Filmmaking and Creative Media, Photography, Animation courses at the Bargehouse, South Bank, London SE1 9PH 19th – 22nd June 2014.

FLUXURE is the title of this year's exhibition at the London Graduate Show from this year's crop of talented graduates from Filmmaking and Creative Media. The exhibition, a collection of dramas, documentaries and interactive projects runs from Friday 20 June to Sunday 22 June. Watch this year's showreel

BA(Hons) Filmmaking and Creative Media builds the strong storytelling, technical and teamworking skills essential to working in the professional media. Its high-quality, multiskilled graduates go on to work in careers in the established creative industries and in groundbreaking roles in digital media. Creative practice is underpinned by an in-depth understanding of culture and context.

Unlike many film degrees, this course is practically based and students learn by making. Creative Industries at UWE Bristol lies at the heart of the university and the Filmmaking teaching team is at the cutting edge of contemporary media practice, with high levels of practical experience and expertise. Based at the Bower Ashton campus, students will have access to unrivalled facilities, with a new state-of-the-art Media Hub supporting studies in broadcast journalism, animation, photography and filmmaking.

Bristol is one of the UK's principal media production centres. Our strong industry contacts, including the BBC, ITV, Aardman Animations, Endemol, Icon Films and E3 Media, ensure ongoing professional input. Recent guest speakers have included wildlife filmmakers from the BBC Natural History Unit and the executive producer of Top Gear. Visiting professors include Tom Archer, a renowned documentary maker. Work placements and internships are integral to the course.

Find out more about studying Photography, Filmmaking and Creative Media and Animation courses at UWE Bristol.

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