Photo: Taken from the film. Credit: Tristen Hall, Arkansas, USA.
Photo: Taken from the film. Credit: Tristen Hall, Arkansas, USA.

A fun and affecting film has been unveiled to capture what students from Edge Hill University are doing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, students were asked to submit a short clip of how they were spending their days during this period of social distancing to capture what it is really like to be a young person under lockdown.

The University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) has produced a short film documenting the responses from the student community, which reflects the diversity of experiences from international students travelling back to Trump’s America to a trainee priest praying in his shed.

A picture of Martin McQuillan
Martin McQuillan

Professor Martin McQuillan, Director of ICE, said: “It is important at this time to keep the creative economy moving, especially for young people. This film has done a lot to bring the University community together at a time when students are practising isolation. From the point of view of one group of students, the film captures a moment in time that in retrospect will come to be a historic moment across the globe.”

Working in partnership with Culture Liverpool and Screenlife Liverpool, the film is the first of several that will capture life under lockdown across the Liverpool City Region.

The film can be watched here www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2hXBSmqEUE and is directed and edited by Roz Di Caprio,  and produced by Martin McQuillan and acclaimed filmmaker, musician and senior lecturer Carl Hunter.

The film features the new single ‘Quarantine’ by Charity Shop Pop, produced by the University’s very own The Label Recordings.

Roz Di Caprio said: “We had a great response from students across the University with contributions coming in from all over the world. Feedback that we’ve had from those involved shows that this was a memorable and immersive project, which allowed many to learn new skills and develop their filmmaking talents.”

Carl Hunter added: “Being stuck in doesn’t mean you can’t go out, it’s a just a matter of swapping geography for imagination. ICE-olation is a snapshot of a student community responding to our current situation.”

As one of three research institutes for Edge Hill, the work of ICE stretches across the University and into the wider cultural and creative world. 

Edge Hill offers a range of courses in film, TV, and media, for more information visit www.edgehill.ac.uk.