27th September 2017
The Media department at York College is delighted for former Level 3 Creative Media student, George Bartlett, whose documentary film about the devastating floods in Tadcaster has been selected by an independent film festival.
George (formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School) left York College in 2015 and progressed to Staffordshire University to study BA (Hons) Experimental Film Production, produced the film 'The Broken Bridge', after being tasked with producing a non-fiction film during the second year of his degree course.
His film tells the story of the Tadcaster Bridge which collapsed during the floods of Christmas 2015. The bridge then remained closed for more than a year and George’s film explores the impact this had on the town's people.
George explains: “I shot the film over a long weekend in February when the bridge was officially reopened. The film is meant as a tribute to the town and its people, who all pulled together over a turbulent year and a half to ensure that Tadcaster, despite being physically divided, never stopped feeling whole. Speaking to the locals I saw resilience and a willingness to carry on, and I came to appreciate the strength and compassion shown by everyone in the town, in the face of disaster.”
As well as capturing interviews with Tadcaster locals, the documentary also uses amateur footage and news coverage showing the destruction of the floods. George’s documentary was first screened at The Broken Bridge pub, after which the film was named, where many people from Tadcaster and the surrounding areas came to see the film and recall the events that took place in 2016.
George’s film has now been officially selected for the Fisheye Film Festival and is eligible for the awards 'Best Short Film', 'Best Director' and 'Best Documentary'.
Dan Hopkins, Course Leader for Experimental Film Production at Staffordshire University, says: “George worked really hard to develop and engage contributors to make The Broken Bridge. The amount of research and interviews he did was staggering. It is so nice to see it being appreciated at film festivals and also in the town itself.”
George has entered his documentary into several other festivals and believes it will appeal to audiences across the country. He comments: “I'm looking forward to my future projects, and hope that 'The Broken Bridge' continues to be a piece of film that is revisited as a depiction of a very poignant point in Tadcaster's history.”
View 'The Broken Bridge' on Staffordshire University's Experimental Film Vimeo pages here.