Five of us are creating a documentary on the town of Lewes for our final year dissertation. We have found is that this small town has maintained a sense of identity and tradition going as far back as the 1600s. We all desire to find our voice and walk our own path in life. This doc will relate how historic and cultural events have shaped Lewes and how that reflects upon the present
Local businesses are featured like Harvey’s Brewery and The Depot Cinema. For the former we will be portraying how their family has maintained their identity seven generations. This is relevant today as multi-national corporations are becoming so powerful and somewhat inhumane. The Depot on the other hand is considered one of the most sustainable cinemas. We are all effected by climate change and seeking to live with our desires in a harmonious way is important.
The production value of this film will be high. We are very fortunate for our University to believe in giving their students access to the same equipment used by cinema-grade productions. However, as we are the first cohort of this degree perhaps, they have not provided us with any other budget. There are expenses in making even a short film; transport, accommodation and food are some of the expenses we have already spent our own student maintenance loan towards. Your help will give us to the opportunity to make more trips to Lewes and stay for longer, which in turn will enable us to give a truer picture of what life is like there.
If people can get off their seats and feel like they have benefitted in a way by watching this film. If it can move corporations and businesses to run in more ethical ways. If it can reassure people to stand-up for their values, then we will consider our film a success.