City College Norwich students finish course in style at the Forum

Around 80 City College Norwich students celebrated the last day of their A-level course with an Oscars-style awards ceremony at the Forum last night.

Film studies and media studies students crammed in to see their work projected on the big screen at The Curve inside the Forum with their college lecturers, family and friends, to celebrate their achievements on the course over the last two years.

The winners and shortlisted students were selected by head of subject area Guy Parkinson and lecturer Richard Harrison.

Mr Parkinson said: 'They've been a fantastic group this year, really good, and quite a few are going on to do television production courses at university now as well.

'We are watching the music videos that the students have produced, working with local bands and there is a huge range of stuff.

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'From live performance in a studio through to stop-motion animation and even some human animation, like we've seen in the Amazon Kindle advert on television recently.'

Alex Howes, 18, from West Earlham, was one of the students eagerly waiting to see his work on the big screen. He said: 'It's a great way to finish the course, a culmination of our work from the last couple of years I guess.

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'We get to watch each others work and get to see it on a giant screen. People have said my music video is quite weird and disturbing so I'm looking forward to seeing it.

'The course is really good, I would definitely recommend it to people.'

Fellow media studies student Hannah Whittaker, 18, from West Pottergate, agreed with that sentiment and said the course has had a big impact on her life.

She said: 'I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started and was unsure whether to choose media or film studies, but I think it was one of the best choices I've made because it is going to affect the career I go into now.

'It's fun to have the chance to see all of our work on the big screen, we may not get that chance many times, so it's a good way to end the course.'

Lecturer Mr Harrison added: 'The students have been excellent this year, they really have. They're a terrific bunch and they have worked really hard.'

Full list of winners:

Music Video Awards

- Best Cinematography: Trudy Spillman

- Best Editing: Andrew Johnson

- Best Dramatic Performance: Brittany Robinson

- Best 'As Live' Performance: Caroline Craske

- Best Music Video: Matthew Howes, Peter Lucas, Ashley Bilverstone, Charlie Scrimshaw

Film Awards

- Best Film Cinematography: Zoe Marsh

- Best Film Editor: Alex Chenery-Howes

- Best Film Actor: Peter Lucas

- Best Film Director: Matthew Howes

- Best Film: Ashley Bilverstone, Peter Lucas, Ben Skaites

Are you starting an unusual project at your college? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email

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