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Steffan Aquarone

Steffan Aquarone
More than three years ago Steffan Aquarone (BA Politics and International Studies 2003-06) and Guy Browning set about making a film. They didn't have much money to do it with, so they asked the entire village of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire to help them.

And they did. The Women's Institute did the catering and local people put up the cast and crew in their homes. In June 2012 Tortoise in Love received its premiere in Leicester Square. Tractors lined the red carpet as the entire village arrived on coaches to see their film on the big screen.

Visit the website www.tortoiseinlove.com to find out where it's playing.

Steffan Aquarone
Tortoise in Love

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When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I actually wanted to be a filmmaker. But it's always been the business end that's interested me more, so that's what I've done consistently since I was a teenager.

What was the best careers advice you were given?

Paul Webster told me that titles like Entrepreneur and Film Producer are the sorts of titles you only ever get by bestowing them upon yourself

Describe yourself in three words

Tenacious, passionate and articulate

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

Binning people off is never very fun.

What have you done that you are most proud of?

Enabling a whole village to make a feature film!

What drives you?

A desire to disrupt the status quo.

What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?

I've actually just done it: getting a PA. It's meant my day now has space for thinking and opportunity-grabbing.

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?

A digital radio, a full photo album and a corkscrew.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?

A proud Brit with a family, running a number of successful technology companies.

How would you like to be remembered?

As one of the people who brought down the traditional banking industry.

What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?

Convincing the University to work with us on an ambitious scheme to pipe the student TV station Warwick TV into halls of residence via the computer network. At the time it was the largest project of its kind in Europe.

Do you have any advice for new graduates?

Big accountancy firms and corporates refer to salary & benefits as 'compensation packages' for a reason.

Anything else you would like to add?

Time, manner and place have as much to do with success as they do German grammar.

Steffan Aquarone: the facts
Age: 27
Lives: Birmingham

Education:

Home educated until 12, Norwich School, Warwick
Career: Making things happen
Interests: Politics, Quakerism