Festival in a Day – 21 March 2018

Welcome to the Department of Media’s Festival in a Day!


 The aim of our Festival in a Day is to bring together a range of speakers from across the creative industries. It gives you the opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers, and celebrate the success of our graduates. You can also network with the speakers and get some tips on how to make it in the creative industries when you graduate.

Enjoy, and be inspired!



10.00 – 11.00am and 11.00 – 12.00pm.
CE Multi-Purpose Studio

Debra Hargreaves – The Magic of Make-Up
Debra Hargreaves has worked as a make-up artist with everyone from Jerry Hall, Ronnie Corbett, and Jonathan Ross and worked for many years on Children in Need. As a regular make-up artist on Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale Debra will be discussing the importance of make up when filming and will offer a step-by-step guide on how to achieve studio ready make up on a model under the studio lights.

Please Note: this session will run twice at 10.00am and 11.00am – 30 people maximum per session

10.00 – 11.00am (Animation Students Only) and 11.00 – 12.00pm
CE Animation Studio (CE 002)

Matt Smith – Animation Masterclass
Matt Smith is a specialist 3D CGI Animator, Designer and Artist; having worked for such companies as Sony. He is currently undertaking a project to re-create the lost sculpture of the Italian Futurist sculptor Boccioni titled Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement (or Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Action). To undertake this project Matt is using CGI, 3D scanning, modeling, and printing in order to re-create this lost sculpture. The CGI animation processes Matt has been using is truly fascinating. Come to the session to find out about, aspects of the Animation industry, such as 3D scanning, modeling, and printing by way of Matt showing you the project he has developed.’

Please Note: this session will run twice at 10.00am (Animation students only) and 11.00am for all other Media students – limited seating

11.00 – 12.00pm

BBC CV and Freelancer Workshop – get that entry-level role in TV!
Come along and let the BBC talent Team guide you in all things CV. You will leave this session armed with all the knowledge you need to produce CVs that lead to interviews. With advice from Abi Caitlin who works at the Talent Department at the BBC so knows exactly what you need to be putting on those all-important applications. Also in the session, Joy Monks has worked a freelance script supervisor and TV production manager for over twenty years.

11.00 – 12.00pm

Postgraduate Study at Edge Hill
So you are interested in postgraduate study? Rachel Buckley and Andrea Wright will give you an overview of what courses are available, what you need to do to apply and tell you about funding and bursaries. This session is designed for any students interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree at Edge Hill, so come along with all your questions and queries.

12.00 – 1.00pm

Application Forms Made Easy
If filling out application forms for jobs, courses or placements fills you with dread-fear no more. Let the Edge Hill Careers team offer you hints, tips and approaches to take the aggro out of applications.

All sessions in Creative Edge Lecture Theatre (CE 017)


Festival in a Day opening address from Professor Matthew Pateman, Head of Media

 2.15pm – 3.00 PM

Nazia Mogra – BBC Producer and Journalist
Nazia Mogra is a TV Journalist, Presenter and Producer. She graduated from Edge Hill’s Media department with a First Class degree in Journalism in 2006. From humble beginnings volunteering at her local community radio station to working on local and national radio  and newspapers. She’s worked for the BBC for more than a decade presenting for some of the biggest TV news shows. From BBC World to BBC Sport, and BBC North West Tonight to Newsround. From reporting live outside Downing Street watching history being made as the Prime Minister stood down to travelling across Europe reporting on the referendum. Interviewing heads of huge companies IBM and Microsoft to sporting stars to Bollywood actors to Arab royalty and popstars. Nazia is a published author and has featured in an official Liverpool Football Club book about the clubs Asian fans. Nazia has a passion for bringing to the forefront stories from different communities. Her motto embrace your individuality it’s what makes you stand out from the crowd! Followed by Q&A

3.00 – 3.15pm BREAK – refreshments in the foyer

3.15 – 4.00pm

Dave Skinner – definition of a Director
Dave Skinner is a multi-camera director who has worked his way through numerous positions including assistant floor manager, assistant director, production coordinator, single camera director, edit producer, series producer and executive producer. Dave has worked for terrestrial and digital broadcasters and has worked on The BAFTA Awards, Fame Academy, Sunday Brunch, The Jonathan Ross show and Celebrity Big brother. Most recently he has directed Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up for the BBC. This session is an absolute must for anyone interested in a career in television. Followed by Q&A

4.00pm – 4.45pm

Alumni Superstar Panel
Secrets to breaking into the Film & TV Industries

 Be inspired by EHU Media Graduates who have carved out amazing careers in the worlds of Film, television, and animation. Get hints and tips from our alumni. If they can do it, so can you!

Alumni guests include:

Matt Owen from BBC Sport
Simon Robertson from ITV
Ellie Sergison from Redolution.


 4.45pm – 5.15pm

Screening of Student Work
We proudly present some highlights of student films, including the winner of our annual prize for film of the year, the Paul Cannon Memorial Prize, and films and animation recently nominated for an RTS award (Royal Television Society). Be inspired by the talented students and the work they have created.

Includes the RTS award-winning Peregrine The Pathetic.

 5.15pm – 5.45pm

The Great Creative Egg Hunt
Will it be you? Will you find one of the elusive golden eggs and one of our amazing prizes and exciting work placement opportunities? Make sure you attend the earlier sessions to get your golden ticket to be eligible for the Easter egg hunt!

From 5.45pm The Network Disco in the Creative Edge foyer

An opportunity to network with many of the afternoons speakers, enjoy refreshments and great music in Foyer. Dance around those business cards and make sure you leave with some contacts as well as some complementary food!


The Work Placement Raffle

Receive a raffle ticket for every session you attend at FiaD and you could win an eggstremely eggciting prize!

  • A placement at ITV
  • A placement at the Liverpool Film Office
  • A placement at Foot In The Door films
  • A placement at Redolution



Come and celebrate some festive cheer with the Careers Centre. Win Amazon vouchers, meet the team and grab yourself a freebie!


Animation student scoops prestigious RTS award

L-R Animation lecturer Alex Jukes and Peter Miller. Credit: Claire Harrison photography.

Edge Hill Animation student Peter Miller has won the Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Student Award for Animation.

Peter’s film Peregrine the Pathetic was one of three pieces of Edge Hill student work shortlisted at this year’s awards ceremony, which took place at on 12th March at Salford’s Lowry Theatre.

The film will now be entered into the national RTS Student Awards, with winners announced later this year.

On accepting his award, Peter said: “I must give my thanks to the tutors and students at Edge Hill for making me feel so welcome, and also my co-writer Thomas Richard. I want to give my love and support to all the animation students at Edge Hill – go team EHU!”

When Peter learned of his shortlisting, he said: “It feels surreal to know that my film is being recognized by a society as renowned as the RTS, all the hard work really has paid off.

“The film took me a whole year to complete, which included writing the screenplay over the summer. The idea for my film was heavily inspired by the Monty Python film ‘Life of Brian’ in which the main character is mistaken as the true messiah. That and the film’s humour was something that I really wanted to bring to my animation because I have a huge admiration for British comedy.”

Edge Hill student work Nueva Vida by Yotam Berant, Aidan Alexander, George Rough, Harry Holiday and Isabella Castaneda was shortlisted in the TV Factual category and Pegs by Laura Stokes, Anna Dye, Alisha Gibbons, Hannah Rzepkowski, Charlee Mackey and Ellie Carroll in the TV Short Feature category.

Find out more about studying animation at Edge Hill here.

Television Production Management student joins BBC talent pool

 student Rhiannon Lawrence A Television Production Management student has been offered a place on the BBCs prestigious talent pool.

Following a rigorous interview process at Media City, third year student Rhiannon Lawrence received the news she had been successful. “I’m absolutely over the moon to have been selected to be in the BBC Children’s Production Management Assistant Talent Pool” explained Rhiannon “After a group scenario task, an individual prioritising task and then an interview, I feel I learnt a lot from the process itself which I really enjoyed. I heard about the opening from the Television Production Management Facebook page. This page is great as it encourages discussion between staff, students and alumni.”


student Rhiannon Lawrence Perelandra Beedles programme Leader for Rhiannon’s degree is seeing a trend of Production Management undergraduates being offered positions before they have even attended their graduation ceremony “Rhiannon is such a great example of how the TVPM degree works to prepare students for jobs in the broadcast industry. Myself and fellow Programme Leader Joy Monks, spend a lot of time embedding interview skills and industry knowledge into our programme content. This degree now has a reputation for excellence through the TV industry” and it’s not just the delivered teaching which contribute to the high employability of the programme as Perelandra explains “Part of what makes TVPM students so employable are the industry placements and opportunities they are offered as a result of our industry contacts. Rhiannon attended the BBC Global Children’s summit this year and has shadowed as a floor manager on Children in need and it is partly this experience which has made her so accomplished this early on in her broadcasting career”

Lecturer Joy Monks who still continues to have a successful career in television in addition to her work at EHU is keen to praise Rhiannon’s commitment to getting the role “Rhiannon spent time with myself and Perelandra before the interview, discussing techniques, learning everything she could about the Children’s department and going back through aspects of previous lectures which could help her. This dedication and attention to detail has really paid off and we are so delighted”

BBC Children’s is the home of the UKs two most popular children’s TV channels, CBeebies and CBBC – not to mention two websites, eight apps (and counting), children’s radio content, two YouTube channels and more, so Rhiannon will have plenty of opportunities to use the skills she has learnt during the course of her Television Production Management degree.

Listening In

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Heart-breaking hidden story of Liverpool Chinese families revealed in new exhibition

A major exhibition exploring the little-known story of more than 1,000 Chinese sailors repatriated from Liverpool opens at Birkenhead’s Williamson Art Gallery on 10 February.

In 1946, the Liverpool Constabulary carried out orders from the British government to deport Chinese sailors in Merseyside, many of whom had travelled to England as part of the war effort. A total of 1300 were forcibly repatriated to China. Their wives and children believed they had been deserted, until the release of declassified records 50 years later revealed the truth.

Edge Hill University’s Rosa Fong is behind the exhibition. She worked with local community group The Dragons of the Pool to document the stories of the surviving children of the seamen for the first time.

Rosa Fong

Rosa said: “Liverpool Chinese actor David Yip told me about the forced repatriation and introduced me to Yvonne Foley who has been instrumental in having the episode acknowledged. 

“Like many people, I was appalled by what had happened and wanted to bring the story to a wider audience – as a filmmaker I’m constantly exploring different ways to communicate and bring stories to wider and more diverse audiences.” 

Thanks to a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Funding grant, this year-long project has seen video interviews with the seamen’s descendants, now in their seventies, recorded to capture this important part of British Chinese history for future generations. The project’s research will be then be archived in Birkenhead Library.

The exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery is the culmination of the project, inviting the local community to engage with the history of Merseyside’s Eurasian community. The exhibition will feature the iconic photographs taken by acclaimed documentary photography Bert Hardy.

It is hoped the project will help participants share their stories and educate the wider community about the shocking events of 1946.

Rosa said: “Many of the Dragons lament being cheated out of a relationship with their fathers, but the thing that struck me the most was their feeling of lost identity – not being able to connect with their Chinese roots.  These families lived most of their lives believing that they had been abandoned by their fathers only to find out when it was too late that they weren’t.’

“I have already had a lot of feedback from the local community saying that they are shocked that this happened in Merseyside. World War II experts have said they too are shocked that they did not know about the repatriations.  So there is truly a case of hidden history being uncovered in this exhibition.”

This project builds on Rosa’s previous academic research. She said: “The focus of my work is identity, migration and belonging and I have explored this through experimental film, documentaries, television programmes and academic papers.  This project is informed by and further articulates the underpinning research in my book chapter in Contesting British Chinese Culture (Eds. Diana Yeh and Ashley Thorpe, forthcoming 2018), and my documentary Deconstructing Zoe (2016).”  

The Dragons of the Pool will be on view at the Williamson Art Gallery from 10 February – 18 March 2018. Find out more here

Film & Television Production Students gain Passports to Success

Martin Roberts from BECTU came along to deliver the Creative Industries Safety Passport training course to third year Film & Television Production Students from January 24-26

The course is approved by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) under their Passport scheme which is a nationally recognised scheme and follows The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) syllabus guidelines as well Creative Skillset’s National Occupational  Standards in Health & Safety X2, X3 and X3.5 and the BECTU/TMA Code of Conduct for Get-in/ Get-outs.

It is a level 2 qualification that is valid for 3 years and comes with a workbook and a robust credit card size ID card with a HoloKote finish which is tamper proof. All Safety Passport holders are registered on the IOSH central database so verification is an easy process. With so many employers asking for proof of health and safety training BECTU is providing an approved qualification that is relevant to creative industries workers.

The course has two assessment papers which both require a seventy percent (70%) pass mark to be eligible to receive a passport.


All 38 Edge Hill Students passed the assessment and now have a head start into their careers in the Film & TV industry when they graduate later in the year.

Media students among best in North West

Still from Peregrine the Pathetic

Three pieces of creative work from Edge Hill Media students have been shortlisted in the Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Student Awards.

Peter Miller’s film Peregrine The Pathetic is shortlisted in the Animation category, Nueva Vida by Yotam Berant, Aidan Alexander, George Rough, Harry Holiday and Isabella Castaneda in the TV Factual category and Pegs by Laura Stokes, Anna Dye, Alisha Gibbons, Hannah Rzepkowski, Charlee Mackey and Ellie Carroll in the TV Short Feature category.

Still from Nueva Vida

The winners will be announced at the Regional RTS Awards ceremony on 12th March at Salford’s Lowry Theatre. Edge Hill students will attend the ceremony and also a conference earlier in the day where they will experience talks from industry professionals and extensive opportunities for networking.

Animation student Peter Miller, who is shortlisted in the Animation category for his film Peregrine the Pathetic, said: “It feels surreal to know that my film is being recognized by a society as renowned as the RTS, all the hard work really has paid off.

“The film took me a whole year to complete, which included writing the screenplay over the summer. The idea for my film was heavily inspired by the Monty Python film ‘Life of Brian’ in which the main character is mistaken as the true messiah. That and the film’s humour was something that I really wanted to bring to my animation because I have a huge admiration for British comedy.

“My career goal is to work in film or television, and maybe even set up my own production company.

“Studying at Edge Hill University gave me the chance to enhance my creativity with the help of great facilities and tutors, I don’t think I would have made this film possible if it wasn’t for everything that they have taught me. I feel more confident in myself and prepared for the outside world as a film maker. I am proud and honoured to have spent three years of study at what I always liked to call my second home.

“My film was also awarded the university’s Paul Cannon Memorial Award and was recently showcased at the Global Chinese Universities Student Film and TV Festival.

Andrew Sugden, Senior Lecturer in Animation and Course Leader in Television Production said: “This is great news and a well-deserved accolade to the creative standards of the work our students are achieving across our media subjects. We wish them every success.”

Stills from Pegs

University appoints new Head of Media

An academic who describes his research interests as ranging from fifteenth century portraits to blockbuster films, via the cultural heritage of 1997 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has been appointed Edge Hill’s new Head of Media.

Professor Matthew Pateman has joined Edge Hill University with the vision of ensuring the department builds on its research and employment links and looks to the future to become an outward facing, confident, first choice destination for students and academics.

Matthew visited Edge Hill University for the first time 20 years ago as a guest lecturer for current Sociology Programme Leader Paul Reynolds.

“I remember really liking the experience and was genuinely interested in Edge Hill. So when this opportunity came up I was really excited,” said Matthew.

“I like the area and have family in Lancashire and this looked like the ideal opportunity to come to an institution that had the care and intimacy that I remember from my first visit in the 1990s but is also growing and has great ambition.

“It is a beautiful campus and a lovely place to work and study.”

Matthew joins the University from Sheffield Hallam where he was Head of Humanities for four years. He was previously Head of School in Performance and Screen studies at Kingston University and Head of Media and Film at the University of Hull. He received his PhD for his research about the fiction of Julian Barnes.

His most well-known research focuses on the late 1990s American supernatural drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its creator Joss Whedon, but his interests span all ages of culture and the arts. Matthew is currently writing a book about 1997 which he describes as being ”the most important in terms of global cultural heritage of the last 100 years.”

He said: “I study art and ancient classical works through to contemporary fiction. I could be interested in a novel from the 1700s, a film from the 1960s or a portrait from 1483. I study the heritage of human creativity.

“I may have made a career out of Joss Whedon and contemporary fiction, but I’m equally interested in the Brontës.

Matthew plans to explore research and partnership possibilities, particularly links with industry, to build the profile of the department regionally, nationally and internationally.

He is also keen to capitalise on the University’s location in the North West which provides opportunities to work with creative industries across Greater Manchester and Merseyside as well as Lancashire and beyond, positioning Edge Hill University as the North West’s local media partner.

Find out more about the Department of Media

Student creates award winning film about autism

After witnessing the effects of autism on his brother’s life, Edge Hill student Tom Griffiths decided he wanted to create a film in an effort to learn more and raise awareness of the neurological condition which affects so many people.

Tom, aged 21 from Chirk in Wrexham, who is studying Film Studies with Film Production, has directed, written and produced Autism: A Curious Case of the Human Mind which has won awards and praise across the globe.

Tom with his brother Owen

Through the piecing together of home videos and interviews with people both on and off the autistic spectrum, Tom attempts to learn more about the condition whilst telling his own story and that of his  younger brother Owen. He created the hour long documentary with a group of fellow film students on a small budget of £370 in an attempt to raise awareness and society’s understanding of the condition.

“I was due to set off to university after my final year in college so I thought that it would be a good time to learn more about my brother’s condition and other peoples life experiences with autism,” said Tom. “Documenting it on film allowed me to share my experience with the audience – hopefully helping them understand the condition better too.”

Autism: A Curious Case of the Human Mind was the winner of Best of Festival and Best Feature Documentary at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2017, nominated for Best Documentary Feature at Prince of Prestige Academy Awards 2017, a semi-finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017 and a semi-finalist at Oniros Film Awards in Italy.

“People all over the world have seen my work and it is mind-blowing,” said Tom. “To think that this film was made by a few teenage film students from North Wales and to now reflect on its message being watched and applauded from all over the world is absolutely surreal.

“The more people that watch the film, the wider platform the message reaches and hopefully the more aware our society becomes of this fascinating condition.”

The film has received a large number of positive reviews. Ukfilmreview.co.uk states “Griffiths is young and just starting in his filmmaking career, and to tackle such a subject so early on is a bold move and as I said the content is there, it’s engaging and most importantly…informative.” Blogger Emmakwall described the film as “a very thoughtful, interesting documentary with the added twist of including the complex relationship between two different brothers. Well written and made, it’s a pleasure to watch.”

In the future Tom wants to continue making films and music videos and plans on working hard to build a reputation for himself and solidify a career within the film industry.

The film is now available to watch on Vimeo.

Lecturer’s Beatles-inspired film wins international prize

A short film directed by an Edge Hill lecturer which reimagines a Beatles song while experimenting with the concept of time has won a top award.

A Day in the Life (24 Zero Hours), directed by media lecturer Carl Hunter and written by Liverpool’s Frank Cottrell Boyce has won the Short Fiction prize at the London Labour Film Festival’s International Contest.

Carl worked alongside producers Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos from Liverpool’s Hurricane Films on the short. Clare Heney, who lectures at Edge Hill in film and documentary was responsible for all the additional photography featured in the film. Third year film studies with film production student Faye Darwent is also credited on the film as a camera assistant.

Starring legendary Liverpool comedian Tom O’Connor as retired river captain Arthur, and rising star Paislie Reid as Ellie, his carer, the film takes a ride on Liverpool’s famous 86 bus – the route which Paul McCartney took to school – and beyond, though the space-time continuum.

Carl said:

“I’m really pleased to win this award, especially given it is a Labour Film Festival which highlights inequality and justice.”

He added: “I’m a big Beatles fan so to be involved in a reimagining of the song A Day in the Life with Frank Cottrell Boyce was a pleasure. It’s a film based on Sgt Pepper so we asked ourselves ‘what would the Beatles do?’ So we made an experimental film, exactly how we thought the Beatles’ music would be if it became a movie. We made a film which isn’t real.”

The film plays heavily with the concept of time, comparing the two free hours of Ellie’s day after her caring duties with that of Arthur who counts time only by the tide-schedule.

Experimenting with how the Beatles music would be if it were a movie, the soundtrack makes use of actual sound clips from Venus and Mars supplied by NASA.

Sol Papadopoulos from Hurricane Films said:

The film was a cinematic response to the track (of the same title) from the inspiring Sgt Pepper Beatles album as part of the 50 year celebration of its release. 

“Writer Frank Cottrell Boyce and Director Carl Hunter decided to play on different people’s perception of time – A zero hour care worker and her patient with Alzheimer’s. Hurricane films are thrilled to have the film recognised by the festival.” 

The short was part of the Sgt Pepper at 50 programme, commissioned and produced by the City of Liverpool.

The London Labour Film Festival’s International Contest aims to encourage creativity and support the dissemination of audio visual works that contain stories about work and workers, giving importance to their point of view of the world and to social issues affecting their daily lives, those of their families and the communities to which they belong.

The producers, writer and director behind A Day in the Life are currently collaborating on a feature film, Triple Word Score. This is a family drama about words and loss, starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter and Tim McInnerny.