21st March 2001

 

FILM-MAKERS GET FIRST BITE AT FAME

 

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Two graduates from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside hope to take their first steps on the road to a career in film-making with ‘The Rebel’, a three-minute film funded by the Yorkshire Arts Board.

 

Chris Finn and Luke Unsworth shot their film - a satire on marketing and advertising - at Ecclesall Junior School in Sheffield, where they are now based.

 

The Yorkshire Arts First Bite scheme which funded ‘The Rebel’ was introduced last autumn to support writers and directors in the region who have not made a professional film before.

 

The film portrays a future society in which children choose the company they want to be sponsored by - but ‘the rebel’ refuses to be a walking advertisement…

 

Writer/director Chris Finn, who graduated from ULH in 1996 with a degree in  Documentary Communications, got the idea from reading a newspaper article about the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

 

“Apparently, if you weren’t drinking the official soft drink of the games they wouldn’t let you in,” says Chris. “This struck me as being like an apartheid of brand names and the film spiralled out of that.”

 

‘The Rebel’ is the latest in a series of short films to be produced in Yorkshire. “They’re a great training ground for entering the film industry, but they can also be fantastic entertainment in their own right,” says Chris, 27.

 

“There’s no doubting that the skills I learned at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside are called upon whenever I work on a project, whether directing actors or storyboarding. It was a valuable starting point for my career.”

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

Or contact Chris Finn at chris.ympa@workstation.org.uk

 

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