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A new season of films is launching on Solent TV on Monday 4 April. TV Production students at Solent University, Southampton have been creating content for the TV Channel.

29th March 2022
TV, film, media production and technology

This year's brief was to create films that had strong voices and inspirational stories.

Films featured in the forthcoming season include 'Soton Warriors’ about self-defence and ‘Spiked,’ a film about spiking. ‘Autism, Comics and Me’ is about Solent student's experience of living with autism, while ‘More Than a Game’ follows the story of a group who come together to play Dungeons and Dragons to help overcome mental health challenges. ‘Solent Sharks’ is a short film about the university's wheelchair rugby team.

TV Production student and Producer on the ‘Solent Sharks’ film, Brandon Eveleigh from Hertfordshire says: “Our brief was to create something that included ‘strong voices’ and after meeting Team Solent Sharks, and specifically George, we knew we had found an amazing contributor with real passion for what he does and a story to tell.

“We attended several of the Shark's training sessions and spoke to George at length about wheelchair rugby. It was interesting to learn so much about a sport that I had previously known very little about. I hope our video shows that regardless of the situation you are in, if you find something you are incredibly passionate about and are willing to put in the work, you can do something incredible.”

Filming 'Solent Sharks'

 

Fellow student on the course, Kamilla Fitos, from Hungary, who worked on 'Soton Warriors' along with three of her course mates, says: “We interviewed two girls who attend self-defence classes and asked them questions relating to violence against women and how useful learning self-defence can be. We found that while it does not in any way solve the problem of violence against women, it does make you more confident in standing up for yourself. We hope that our video can motivate others to learn self-defence as well.”

Leila Bachrim, from Brighton produced the film ‘Spiked,’ she says: “My experience with making this film was educational, hard work but fun. I learnt that being spiked really could happen to anyone, no matter how careful you are being. Seeing our film completed and how good it looked was really rewarding. I hope this film helps people to spot the signs of spiking or even saves someone from being spiked." 

The trailer for the season can be viewed here . You can view the channel here.

Solent’s talented film and TV graduates have gone on to work on productions such as Strictly Come Dancing, Love Island, The Repair Shop, Sky News, Fleabag and Game of Thrones. And it is not just TV. Alumni have also worked on films such as Avengers Endgame, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and 1917.