Miskin Theatre take over London BFI Southbank!

12th June 2018

North Kent College’s Miskin Theatre celebrated the premiere of their new short film ‘BLINDS’, at BFI Southbank in London, alongside former Emmerdale star Dominic Power, who wrote and directed the film.

On the 6th June, Miskin Theatre students and staff attended the premiere of the short film ‘BLINDS’ that focuses on mental health, aiming to create conversation to help spread awareness of mental health. Originally starting as a student discussion, it then grew into a 6 month project, utilising resources available at NKC and the Miskin Theatre.

Broken into four parts, it features four different characters and their storylines, highlighting various types of mental health issues. It expresses how mental health can range from depression, anxiety, mood disorders and so forth, as well as seeing and understanding how it can affect people individually. Before the screening began, Dominic spoke about the context, purpose and aims of the film, “It demonstrates how society may not always be aware of what others are going through. We could all probably be a little more present and compassionate to those around us.”

Dominic Power wanted to work with Miskin Theatre Students as, “Instilling passion into young people is what I really missed when I was working away on jobs as an actor, so coming back was a no brainer.” He spoke of the creative process saying, “They started a little bit vulnerable and a bit nervous, but by the time we left they had a different relationship and they have had a massive sense of achievement. Even though we’ve finished filming, the process doesn’t end, because the learning starts again when they watch the film back.”

Following the premiere, Rhiannon Hughes, Deputy Principal NKC, was keen to discuss the film and celebrate everyone’s hard work involved. “BLINDS demonstrated exceptional work from our Actors and Directing team, in partnership with acclaimed Actor/Director Dominic Power. The mental health issues addressed were hard-hitting and harrowing at times, but sadly, so real, and the viewer was immersed into a heart-wrenching believable world of some young peoples’ struggles. It was impressive, well-written, well-acted and the piece of work left you reflective and moved.”

Gavin Brocker, Lecturer in Theatre at NKC, commented “I am feeling very proud of all the actors. Their passion, determination and professionalism is inspiring. The course was set up two years ago and to take something to the BFI of that standard is remarkable. I'm really excited for the future of 'BLINDS' and the course.”

The film was a great success, capturing real life issues that society currently face, in a truthful and moving way and was an excellent celebration of all the hard work from everyone involved.
Lucy Flack, Curriculum Manager Miskin Theatre, spoke of her excitement for the students and the future, saying, “What a success! Premiering at the BFI with industry professionals raving about the standard and quality of the film is an exciting time for the Miskin Theatre. Next, we hope to be venturing to the top Film Festivals in the Country.”

Congratulations to all involved in this process and we look forward to the next steps of their career for all involved! To view the trailer, click here.

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