A thought-provoking short film about disability and inclusion has been produced for the BBC, by a team of talented students from the University of the West of Scotland.
Four undergraduate students – from the University’s highly regarded School of Business and Creative Industries – produced the feature for the 50:50 Equality Project, aimed at increasing diversity within the BBC.
BA Filmmaking and Screenwriting student Keir Jarvie; and BA Broadcast Production TV and Radio students Liska Pleines, Jamie Leckie and Rachel Watson, had their idea commissioned after pitching to a BBC panel, beating other pitches from across the country.
The film looks at the work undertaken by the BBC 50:50 project, exploring how it has increased the representation of disabled people across the organisation. It also examines hidden disabilities, such as autism.
Broadcast Production lecturer Kate Cotter, who guided the students through the pitching process, said: “Working with the BBC’s 50:50 project is a fantastic opportunity, both for us as an institution, and, more importantly, for our students.
“It really encourages our students to consider the importance of diversity in their work. We hope this experience helps them develop skills which will stay with them for the rest of their career.”
She added that she was impressed by the quality of the film they produced: “I am genuinely delighted by the quality of their film. It is incredibly thoughtful and, and powerfully communicates the 50:50 message.”