Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK (thisisoxfordshire.co.uk)
by Andrew Ffrench
A school film unit has produced a mini-movie of day-to-day life at Sobell House Hospice to reflect how it helps terminally ill people and their loved ones.
Abingdon Film Unit, based at Abingdon School [a boarding school for boys aged 11-18], sent three students to visit the Headington hospice between November and December – and their six-minute piece has now been praised by a rock star.
Charlie Landells, a sixth former at the private school in Abingdon, said: “It has been one of the most eye-opening and rewarding shoots I’ve been involved in – I sincerely hope it helps to raise money for what is a very worthwhile and necessary cause.”
The 18-year-old worked alongside fellow pupils Freddie Marshall, 14, and Scott Thomson, 16, with guidance from tutor Duncan Pickstock.
They screened their final cut at the hospice at the end of March….
The film features volunteers, patients, fundraisers and staff at Sobell House, including head of fundraising Dominique Cadiou, who approached the club and invited them to document the hospice’s work.
She said: “We were very pleased with it, we’ve shown all the patients and I’m still hearing compliments from staff – we liked the pace of it, it’s quite gentle.
“I proactively approached the school because I knew the film unit was very good and they like to work with local organisations.”
To watch the film visit sobellhouse.org/film