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Directing advice for media students


Over the coming months, Coleg Ceredigion’s media department are organising a series of industry professionals to give online talks with their students.

The first talk was from renowned director Colin Thomas who has produced and/or directed several pieces of work including: The Dragon has Two Tongues, Cracking Up, The Divided Kingdom and Reel Truth as well as winning several awards such as the Jury Award Celtic Film and TV Festival 2006 for Border Crossing, RTS West’s Best Indy Production 2005 for Till the Boys Come Home, RTS West’s Best Indy Production 2003 for Dead Man Talking and the Gold Award at Houston International Film Festival 2000 for The Farmer Who Wouldn’t Let Go.

Colin Thomas gave a talk on documentary filmmaking and truth, which raises questions about a filmmaker's moral code and how to navigate a career in the industry with integrity.

Following the talk, the virtual floor was opened to the year one and two students in attendance to quiz Colin on the subject as well as seeking tips and advice about how to get started within the industry.

According to media lecturer Sophia Bechraki: “It was a privilege to have an experienced director of Colin Thomas’ calibre talk to us about his career and discuss the principles by which to navigate professional dilemmas in the industry.

“It gave rise to a lot of thinking and reflection among the students and grounded them in the reality of what it means to be a responsible filmmaker.

“The talk was a great success and I’m sure it will benefit the students for the rest of their studies at Coleg Ceredigion and beyond.”