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Hollywood calls for Brunel film project


A short film made by Brunel University London students in partnership with industry professionals will be screened at the prestigious HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood, USA, this week.

The Sound was selected from among thousands of entries to the annual festival and will be screened alongside competition from major names, including actor and film-maker Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket / Stranger Things).

If it impresses judges enough to win, The Sound could be sent to the Academy Awards for Oscar consideration in the Best Short Film category.

The film was created under the Teach Brunel project, From Script to Screen, which enabled students on Film, TV, Communication and Media courses to work with professionals from the film industry, improve their skills, and gain valuable on-set experience.

Starring BAFTA-nominated actor Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones / Ripper Street) and Sienna Guillory (Eragon / Resident Evil), The Sound was produced with BAFTA winner Noel Clarke (Star Trek / Brotherhood).

The film, which follows a young girl desperate to find the source of the haunting sound plaguing her mother, screens at the world famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 13th at 7.30pm.

View the trailer online

Teach Brunel is an initiative designed to continuously improve Brunel students’ experience, giving them the exceptional education they rightfully expect and the confidence to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. 

From Script to Screen is one of nine projects introduced with Teach Brunel funding in 2016. Led by Media Production Tutor Chris Dundon-Smith and Lecturer in Film Practice Dr Paul Moody, it helps address some of the difficulties of teaching practical film-making skills in the classroom, by immersing students in the on-set environment across pre-production, production and post-production.

Material from The Sound was also used by course tutors in the development of an online course teaching the basics of short film – a module which can now be used for future classes of students as an introduction to the skills they need to work in the industry.

Chris comments: “Paul and I are delighted that the hard work of everyone involved in the Teach Brunel project has paid off with this exciting opportunity. To screen the film at such a prestigious venue and festival is really pleasing, so well done to all the students and staff involved. We hope this is the first of many exciting screenings to come.”

Reported by:

Sarah Cox, Media Relations