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Film screening shows how students rose to challenge of sensitive subject

A special screening of five short films made for the Havering & Brentwood Bereavement Service by our Creative Media students was described as stimulating and professional.

The films were created for HBBS to promote and raise awareness of #4ME – a unique, free counselling service for young people in Havering and the surrounding areas.

The students, working in five groups, were tasked to make a short film aimed at either 11-18 year-olds who had suffered the loss of a loved one, or aimed at parents of primary school children in the same situation.  The collaboration between the College and the counselling service was part of the Film & TV BTEC Diploma’s Social Action and Community Media Production units.

All five films at the screening were received exceptionally well by the audience, with Lousie Mundy from HBBS describing them all as sensitive, stimulating and professional.

Louise said: “When I first came to pitch the idea of a film for the bereavement service to the students, they were a bit apprehensive and nervous because it is a difficult subject.

“But as they worked together with me, the conversations developed, the ideas were amazing and they really rose to the challenge. And it was a challenge – it was a big ask because bereavement and death are hard things to talk about.”

She added: “But these films they have made are very respectful and sensitive and that takes some doing. The scripts, performances, acting and editing were all excellent. HBBS will use them to reach out to young people and show them the help that is available in a way that we haven’t been able to in the past.”

Louise went on to say that due to the collaboration, the #4ME counselling service has already introduced a texting system for young people to get in touch – something that was suggested by the students while working on the films.

Creative Media TV & Film tutor Holly Whelan said: “It has been a very positive experience for both our students and the clients at HBBS to work together and we were pleased to be able to share the result of this collaboration at the screening.”

To view one of the students’ films, click on the link:

For more information about HBBS bereavement service for young people, please visit:


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