20 January 2006
A MA graduate from Canterbury Christ Church University has won a national film award and a worldwide distribution deal.
Chris Hooper, from Canterbury, has won the ‘Best Drama’ category for his film ‘Stung’ at the prestigious Exposures Film Festival in Manchester. Chris’s film will now be aired at festivals across the world.
Chris, who graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with an MA in Media Production, said: “It is fantastic to win this award and I am glad that the film will be gaining worldwide exposure. The film ‘Stung’ is about the strange and complex relationship an aging beekeeper has with her bees over the course of 50 years. It took six months of pre-production and six days to shoot, and I am delighted with the response it has received.”
Senior Lecturer at the University’s Media Department, Tim Jones, said: “We are very proud of Chris’s achievement. The award was well deserved and his talent should be applauded. I have no doubt that he will go far in his chosen field.”
Chris is now putting together ideas for his next film making project, after recently managing the production of a National Film School short entitled ‘Hopscotch.’ His ambition is to be a casting director and he hopes to continue writing and directing short films.
Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Department
The Department of Media is a respected academic centre which offers a stimulating environment in which to study a wide range of media. It was one of the first departments in the UK to offer media courses and has gained an international reputation.
The programmes within the department ensure that academic and theoretical work goes hand in hand with practical and creative work. Courses offer opportunities to develop and practice production skills, and to become familiar with critical perspectives.
Teaching on the courses is of a consistently high standard and has been recognised for its excellence. All of the department’s academic staff are engaged in a wide variety of research activities, which helps shape day to day teaching.
The department’s links with the film, radio, television, journalism, digital and other media industries are strong. Visiting professionals and academics are regularly invited to contribute to the department’s courses.
Graduates from the department are consistently in demand, and as a consequence Sky television has set up a scholarship scheme with the University, while BBC operates from a radio studio on campus. The skills the department’s students acquire help graduates find work in a range of jobs: directors, editors, journalists, animators, web designers, producers, academics, cinematographers, and other posts within the media industry.