A team of Warwick students raised funds for the Prince's Trust with the premiere of their self-produced film, The Family Picture, on Wednesday 29th April.
The students decided upon their fundraising mission after being successful in receiving a grant of £500 from Profitunity, a national enterprise competition run by Ernst & Young in support of The Prince’s Trust, where teams of students from around the country are challenged to design and deliver a fundraising project to raise money for The Trust.
Over the past five months, the team have worked tirelessly to produce a professional, feature length film which could be taken to film festivals internationally. Produced on HD cameras using 35mm lenses, performed by professional actors who are externally casted practitioners in the industry, and output in surround sound, the project is technically in the same league as independent films you would watch at an arthouse cinema.
In a run-down flat resides Victor Knight, an eighteen-year-old orphan who lives with, and for, his younger sister Candy who he nurses through her terminal illness. On the advent of Candy’s birthday she wishes to know one family secret: who are their parents? Victor discretely undertakes this task and starts off in search of clues to his parents’ identity and whereabouts. When Victor is given ‘clues’, he is pointed in the direction of a clock-tower. Whilst trying to race against time for his sister’s sake and demystify this monument’s cryptic significance in their lives, he befriends a peculiarly helpful woman in a nearby church whose family affairs he finds himself inadvertently becoming more and more involved with. Unearthing a family history that doesn’t want to be unturned sends Victor on a turbulent journey of emotions, leaving this teenager-turned-adult with a profound insight behind the concept of family and a dreaded sense of guilt.