University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

Chasing a Fortune

By: Lewis Rose (Director)
      Lauren Tee (Producer)
      Pete Swinford (Camera)
      Hayley Briggs (Sound)


An observational/interactive documentary following two Brighton based gamblers; Kevin Williams a semi-professional poker player and Buzz, a regular bookie gambler. Following Kevin's progression through the GUKPT, the UK's biggest national poker tour, we see how he takes a rational approach to the game, relying on his skill to make money. In contrast Buzz, who takes us to his local bookmaker and to Brighton's Greyhound Stadium, depends solely on pot luck for quick cash.

Taking influence from Louis Theroux's character based approach, yet refraining from using an on screen interviewer, "Chasing a Fortune" offers audiences an insight into the everyday occurrences within the gambling culture. Its pacy and entertaining style is underlined by a real human interest encouraged by compelling and empathetic characters. Exploring the differences between the two forms of gambling, the documentary contrasts Kevin and Buzz's attitudes and approaches to their game of choice, ultimately questioning the nature of gambling.

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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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By: Natasha Jones
Jo Munkenbeck
Daisy May Harvey
Laura Newbury

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.


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