Weston students host film and photography exhibit

PUBLISHED: 19:00 04 May 2018

April Christine and Georgia Chesters held a joint media exhibition. Picture: April Christine

April Christine and Georgia Chesters held a joint media exhibition. Picture: April Christine

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Two University Centre Weston (UCW) students have created media projects dedicated to the town.

Georgia Chesters and April Christine are both final year students on the film and media course and held joint a photography and film exhibition showcasing their work called It’s Your Stomping Ground.

Georgia’s film, No Place Like Home, focused on life on the Bournville estate, a place she has lived on all her life, while April’s photography project, This Is Our Weston, highlighted some of the businesses operating in the town through pictures.

They met at the start of the academic year and quickly became friends and decided to work together on their third year assessment.

Georgia, who suffers from anxiety, has overcome personal boundaries to succeed on the course.

Her proud mum, Pauline Gilpin, said: “She has come on leaps and bounds since joining UCW and has blossomed there.

“She is doing really well and worked so hard on the documentary. UCW has been fantastic with her and welcomed her with open arms.”

Speaking about her motivations to make the film, Georgia said: “I wanted to speak for people who do not have a voice and initiate the conversation surrounding the stigma of council estates.

“People should not be ashamed about where they come from as the Bournville is often referred to as being one of the most deprived areas in Weston, but in my experience this is not the case.

“I have lived here all my life and love it, as do many people I spoke to while making this film.”

Some of the businesses highlighted in April’s project include Renee Kilburn Ceramics, Independent Pet Co and Nicola Bridalwear.

She said: “Local businesses in Weston are not celebrated and recognised enough.

“Those I spoke to were very open about their thoughts on footfall and the changes in shoppers’ habits in recent years.

“You only have to walk through the town centre to realise Weston is dominated by big-name multinational companies, but there are some smaller, independent ones who offer great services to the town.

“We had some great feedback from audience members who enjoyed our work.”

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