Powerful final year film highlights work of NHS porters

A final year film made by three BA (Hons) Documentary Film and Television students has won a Royal Television Society nomination and £5000.

Porters is a short film made by 2014 USW Graduates Dan Ridgeon, Max Cutting and James Dougan about the crucial role porters play in the NHS.

The film has been nominated in the Documentary category in the Royal Television Society Awards, alongside two other films made by USW graduates - Men in Stripes and Powder Rooms of the Female Kind.

The film was also recently awarded £5000 from the 5K Hanger TV/Doc heads shorts competition for the film, in order to create future work.

Filmmaker Dan commented: “Porters was our final year film as part of the course at the University. My father works at Bournemouth hospital and it was actually originally him that mentioned that he thought the porters deserved to have their story told. After meeting with the porters over the course of two months it was clear that this was a film we were all very keen to make.

We felt compelled to tell their story as it gave us an opportunity to highlight the incredible work that they do. The porters are an essential part of the NHS and without them the entire system would come to a standstill.”

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