We welcomed Oscar-winning producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin and award-winning director Jo Southwell who came in to talk to students studying Creative Media Production, Media Studies, Film Studies and Performing Arts.
Last week, we had the privilege of welcoming Gareth Ellis Unwin and Jo Southwell who came in to talk to students in Rotherfield Hall.
Gareth, who grew up in Slough, produced the record-breaking, critically-acclaimed 2010 film, The King's Speech, which went on to become the highest grossing British independent film of all time whilst, Jo, who lives locally, was a shadow director on the epic Killing Eve and Trigger Point.
Students were treated to their powerful showreels, inspired by talks about their careers so far and shown an immersive 360 film by ScreenSkills – the industry-led body that provides career development and opportunities within the booming world of film, TV, games and VFX.
There was a Q&A session at the end where eager students asked plenty of inquisitive questions. Gareth was asked what is his must-watch film to which he replied, 'Living In Oblivion.'
Creative Media Production Teacher, Adam Jones, said “Gareth and Jo provided comprehensive detail on the next steps our students can take. Having industry professionals come in and speak with our students really helps them to establish their long-term goals and aims.”
Student Jack Rowland commented “I found the talk very interesting and insightful. They gave us a lot of advice on how to enter the industry or how to progress if you are already a part of it. Having the chance to hold an Oscar was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! It was much heavier than I thought it'd be too!”