Sunderland graduates celebrate film award

Ben Iland and David Adamson of Juggernaut Productions.
Ben Iland and David Adamson of Juggernaut Productions.
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THREE Sunderland University graduates are celebrating international award success for their short film.

Office Worker, focusing on life in a dead-end office job, won Best Comedy Award at the International Film Festival 15 Minutes of Fame in Florida.

David Adamson, Daniel Hewitt and Ben Iland, all aged 22, formed Juggernaut Productions, a North East video production company, after meeting at Sunderland, supported by Creativitiworks – a business incubation centre at the university.

Office Worker is Juggernaut’s first short film.

Director David based the script around his own experiences of working in an office environment.

The film is a frustrated rant about everyday office life, accompanied by the crazed imaginings of a broken-down worker.

David and Ben graduated in 2011 in Film and Media Studies. Dan graduated the same year in Media Production.

The three came together as they wanted to create a production company that would be unique to the region, taking influences from many aspects of cinema and applying them to their video projects.

Office Worker is currently doing the festival circuit and has been well received both nationally and internationally.

It has been shown at the Whitley Bay, Peace River (USA) and Yellowknife (Canada) Film Festivals.

Ben and David both managed to raise funds to make the trip out to Canada and address the audience at the screening.

“We are ecstatic that we’ve achieved this level of success with Office Worker,” said Ben.

“The film has reached an international audience and has worked as a comedy and narrative short abroad, which has really built up our confidence.

“For a North East-based company to have a film shown abroad really shows the talent and potential that this region has to offer.

The 15-Minutes of Fame is a selection of short, independent films produced by filmmakers from across the US and around the globe.

Now in its fourth year, they welcome everything from music videos and documentaries, to animation and narratives.

To view the trailer for Office Worker, >>CLICK HERE

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