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    Big screen debut for Middlesex students

    15/06/2012
    Aspiring student television and film producers from Middlesex University have seen their work hit the big screen at Soho’s Moving Picture Company.

    Aspiring student television and film producers from Middlesex University have seen their work hit the big screen at Soho’s Moving Picture Company.

    The top student producers and directors from the television and film courses were chosen to show their films at the screening on Wardour Street.

    One television student showing her work was Norwegian Marita Gjelten Jensen. She has directed and produced a documentary about designer Ian Garlant leaving his ‘glamorous’ London lifestyle for the more humble small Norwegian village of Hatlestrand.

    Marita (23), who is from the Norwegian city of Trondheim, said: “I was excited to see my work on the big screen at the Moving Picture Company. It’s been a long process which started last summer, I did filming in London and Norway, and spent hours in the editing suite. It’s good to hear what other people think about the documentary, I’m proud of my work.

    “I’d like to come back to London one day if the right job was available. I love London - it has become my home for the past few years.”

    Marita enlisted the help of fellow Middlesex students to create the documentary, she added: “My team helped me along the way, I couldn't have done any of it without their help and patience throughout the whole process of making the documentary.”

    Marita has recently returned to Norway after securing a job as a production assistant with Norway’s national TV corporation, NRK. She is currently working on children’s TV programmes but hopes to direct documentaries for the network in the future.

    Another showing his work at the show is film student Richard Ballard, whose documentary is about the democratisation of renewable energy. It goes into detail about how people could create their own energy.

    Richard (38), originally from Bristol, said: “I’ve had good feedback from the film. It’s a topic no one has really covered before, so I’d love to get my documentary made into a feature length picture. I’m planning to take it to film festivals to get feedback and see if people would be interested.”

    This year was the first that Middlesex University students have benefited from an £80m investment in a new building for creative courses, the Grove. The building includes two state-of-the-art television studios and edit suites. Marita Gjelten Jensen said: “It has been great in the new building, it’s got top notch equipment. The edit suites are very similar to those I now use at NRK.”

    The show took place on Thursday 14 June 2012 at the Moving Picture Company in Wardour Street, Soho.

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