University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

When I Grow Up

By: Daisy Harvey
Laura Newbury
Jo Munkenbeck
Tash Jones

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A subtle exploration into “coming of age” in British society, this documentary explores the concept of adulthood through interview, poetry and poignant visuals. The film emphasizes the mundane and dispels the myth that the journey to adulthood is an instantaneous one.

Despite being influenced by the imagery of documentarists such as Henry Singer and Phil Grabsky this film offers a unique take on explorative documentary, drawing on wider influences such as the photography of Martin Parr and the poetry of Rudyard Kipling to produce an aesthetically pleasing and mentally stimulating documentary film.

The documentary is interview led; focusing upon people of different ages, from various backgrounds and who have had varying life experiences. A Graduate, Grandmother, Artist and Father are just a few examples resulting in a range of views on adulthood being portrayed.

The documentary is directed by Natasha Jones and Edited by Laura Newbury. Jo Munkenbeck is responsible for the cinematography and Daisy May Harvey for the Sound Design.

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The show will open with a bang on Thursday 15th May; this will be the first opportunity to see the culmination of three years hard work from the Media Practice and Theory finalists. There will be a drinks reception to kick start the evening, with a chance to view the fantastic photography and interactive projects on display throughout the building. Following this, screenings of this year's documentaries will take place at 5pm and 8pm. This will be the first chance to see the 2008 MPT films, and food and drink will continue to be served throughout the evening. This night promises to be an extraordinary showcase of talent from one of the most innovative courses on offer at the University of Sussex - definitely not one to be missed!

Due to limitations of space, we regret that the opening night is attendable by invitation only. However we welcome requests for invitations from anybody currently working in the media. If you are employed in a relevant field and would like to attend, please get in touch and we will try to arrange an invitation.

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