Film and Television students & staff collaborate on short film Mab Hudel

21 January 2022

A student poses in front a camera crew on set
Mab Hudel Beach Shot 4

The Sound/Image Cinema Lab has added a new film to its portfolio. Students and staff have collaborated on new Cornish language film Mab Hudel, directed by Edward Rowe.

Over the January break, students and staff from the School of Film & Television joined forces to shoot short film Mab Hudel (Magical Son), the Kernewek (Cornish language) debut film from well-known Cornish writer and performer Edward Rowe (Bait, The Witcher).

Current students on BA(Hons) Film, BA(Hons) Television and MA Film & Television came together under the supervision of Executive Producer Dr Laura Canning (Course Leader for Film), along with former Film and Television graduates and professional Heads of Department.

The experience of working on a professional film set gave students the chance to develop their technical and production skills, and their confidence.

Second year Film student Lily Coney, who worked on the camera team under the supervision of Director of Photography Mary Farbrother, said “It was brilliant being on set, learning from other people’s experience, gaining my own and all with a fabulous, supportive crew.” 

Arco Parkin, also in their second year studying Film, worked as Lighting Assistant to Gaffer and Associate Lecturer John Crooks. Arco told us that “I learned the dos and don'ts of a film set, collaborating with creatives and understanding how important communication is. Working under pressure, every day I had to face different challenges and think of solutions quickly - focusing on what was important and getting it done.”  

Director Edward Rowe – who played lead character Martin Ward in Mark Jenkin’s BAFTA-winning film Bait – said “It was an absolute joy to work with the students; personally, I learned loads from them, and their enthusiasm was contagious. They added so much to the shoot in terms of their knowledge and their enthusiasm – what great young people!” 

Mab Hudel is produced by Palores Films in association with Bosena Films, supported by Fylm K, Screen Cornwall and Sound/Image Cinema Lab in association with Falmouth University. It is currently being edited and is expected to debut at festivals in the coming year. 

Photo credits Alex Fish, MA Film & Television student

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