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 20 December 2001 

Student film on World War II wins competition

A film by three University of Sussex students about women in World War II has won Best Documentary in the Imperial War Museum's Student Film Competition.

Susie Passingham, Stephen Hill and Anna Nomikou all studied for the Masters degree in Life History Research: Oral History and Mass-Observation.

Their 22-minute film, called 'A Force for Change? Women in Uniform', was voted Best Documentary by audiences at the Imperial War Museum in London ahead of twelve other films in the competition.

Susie Passingham, who now works for McKinnon Films in London making documentaries, says: "Making the documentary was a brilliant experience for us all. Our tutor, Dee Kilkelly, who taught us camera work and editing has the patience of a saint."

The film explores how World War II affected the status of women and incorporates archive footage from the Imperial War Museum collection.

"The students took to the film-making process like ducks to water," says media studies tutor Dee Kilkelly. "All of them worked very hard to see it through, often editing late into the night. They surely deserve the recognition they have now received."

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For further information, please contact Peter Simmons or Jacqui Bealing, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, Email or

The Imperial War Museum can be contacted on 020 7416 5000.

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