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Thursday 20 May 2010

Students make documentary about MS

THREE students from Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne, have been making a documentary about multiple sclerosis.

The students, who are studying media production, were given the task of making a 10-minute documentary on a subject of their choice.

The team - Joanna Evenden, Dan Dunbar and James Miller - decided to make a film to raise awareness of MS and carried out filming at the Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society resource centre in St Leonards Road.

They filmed interviews with the chairman, Bernard Curtis, and group members, also with Debbie Soave, senior neuro-physiotherapist at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Producer Dan Dunbar said, "We wanted to make a documentary which was different. Where others are making films on the local area we wanted to have a more personal side to ours and to build awareness of MS."
Joanna Evenden, director, said, "It was a good project to work on and I feel I have learnt a lot from it." James Miller, director of photography, said, "My mother has MS so I know how this disease can affect a person.

"It's awesome how the Eastbourne & South Wealden MS Society does a lot to help local people who suffer from MS, and the volunteers deserve a lot of praise for the work they do."

Their lecturer at the college, Dave Alexander, said, "We have had a long running tradition of media students undertaking projects like this with real institutions and groups in the community.

"I am very proud of them and their professional attitude to their work."
Bernard Curtis MS Chairman said, "I am delighted that three young students devoted so much time and energy to this project, and in such a professional manner.

"They deserve the highest credit for helping us raise awareness of multiple sclerosis locally."

The finished film will be screened at the end of year show at Eversley House, Sussex Downs College Friday, June 11 at 5pm.