Weston College students' hard-hitting film to be shown in schools across North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 May 2017

The team at the filming.

The team at the filming.

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A Weston College lecturer says she is 'incredibly proud' of her students, whose film highlighting the sensitive issue of domestic violence is now set to be shown in schools across North Somerset.

The film was launched at a networking event.The film was launched at a networking event.

The media production students were challenged to create the film for a client, which in this case was North Somerset Council.

The council handed the students a brief and the students created two films, one highlighting a woman in an abusive relationship and one which showed a man in an abusive relationship.

This was because the students said during their research they found there was not enough support out there for men and they wanted to highlight the issues for both genders.

The council’s domestic abuse co-ordinator Louise Branch told the Mercury: “We gave the students a brief to produce a very short film which we could feature on social media and at awareness events.

“We wanted it to be aimed at people who might be living with domestic abuse, getting over the message that domestic abuse is not just about physical abuse – it can also be emotional abuse.

“I thought this was quite a difficult ask but the students went away, did some research and came up with a couple of really good ideas. They then worked on the one I chose and it has reached 2,805 people.”

The films are now freely available to be downloaded and will be used by schools in lessons relating to these issues.

Media production lecturer Gina Hele said: “Our learners took on the sensitive topic and showed great maturity in their approach.

“They attended additional networking events set up by the council to help victims of domestic abuse, so they could understand what they were going through.

“The fact the films are now being shown in schools makes us incredibly proud.”

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