Student documentary makers promote Brighton community project  

21 October, 2021

Students from Screen and Film School Brighton are producing a short documentary to highlight the fantastic work being carried out by volunteers at the Moulsecoomb Community Market project.

The local initiative, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, provides residents of Moulsecoomb – an area which falls within the top 10% of the most deprived in Britain – with access to affordable food and essential household supplies via a charity membership service.

Screen and Film School student using a drone with his phone

Assisted by a group of volunteer staff, and with support from partnerships with local branches of Aldi, Morrisons, Fareshare, Lidl, Nandos, the Hygiene bank and M&S, the Community Market opens up its doors for one day each week, offering a warm welcome and a smile for its members who can select from a shopping list of 14+ household essentials for just £3.50.

The anniversary of the fantastic community project coincided with the launch of Screen and Film School Brighton’s newest building, Brighton Film Studios, which is situated within the Ward. So, it was only fitting that a group of filmmaking students were in attendance to film a short documentary to mark the event.

Two Screen and Film School students with a microphone and camera, both wearing surgical masks.

Heading the project is Councillor Kate Knight of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean Ward, who had the following to say about Screen and Film School’s visit.

“We were so pleased to have this documentary made about our project!  Not only because it will greatly assist us when we apply for funding, but also because it will help to spread the word about the power of grassroots action and the power of communities to work together for the common good! It was great to have such an enthusiastic and positive bunch of students at our celebration and we have every confidence that their documentary will be amazing. A big thanks to everyone concerned for making it happen!”

Sam Warren, a current student at Screen and Film School Brighton, fulfilled the role of Producer during filming of the short documentary, added:

“Creating this documentary has been such good experience for myself and the crew. I hope that people who can make a difference will see the doc and take action so that more communities have access to markets like the one in Moulsecoomb.”

The 15-minute documentary is still in post-production, and will be available to view online in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing our students’ work and wish all involved in the Moulsecoomb Community Market project ongoing success.


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