Film-maker’s double tops

A Cornish film-maker got a double delight during the premiere of her first film when, as well as a rousing reception from those gathered, she was also presented with a national award for her work.

Mature student Debra Jayne, who learnt the art of film-making on the FdA photography and digital imaging course at Truro and Penwith College, premiered her short thriller Seven Deadly Sins at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth. The hotel forms the central location for the film, which stars seven women representing each of the seven deadly sins.

After the well-received screening, the hotel’s owner Aaron Pascoe presented Debra with the Elevation Indie Film Award making the evening a double celebration.

The award recognises artistic and technical attributes in film production and is judged by directors, producers, writers, actors and casting agents experienced in the world of independent film-making.

The panel aims to shine a light on the talent of independent film-makers from around the world.

The judging panel commented: “The film stood out not only in terms of its technical aspects but also in its quality and creativity.”

Mr Pascoe said: “It’s been a privilege to not only be the location for the film but also to be so involved throughout.

“Rather than Debra travel away to Dublin to collect her Elevation Indie Film Award from the panel, we decided that it would be better to host an awards ceremony for her at the hotel.”

Studying for her foundation degree at Truro and Pen- with College, Debra used her experience as a mature stu- dent to navigate the production of her very first short film.

Recorded with the sound- track Drive by American musicians Sinfinis, Debra managed to complete the final filming on location within the short period of 24 hours.

A delighted Debra said: “The way the Penventon Park Hotel has helped to make this film has been incredible; I’m speechless. Everything we could’ve wanted, the hotel has delivered for us.

“This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

“When I got my first camera, I started to climb the ladder towards studying for a degree and it helped me to find all of these talented and supportive people at Truro College.

“The tutors have such enthusiasm and they really do make you believe that you can do it.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the media and photography department.” has course details.

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