Manchester College students talk about Homophobia

Publish Date: 29/03/2012

In October 2011, first year media students at The Manchester College were asked to create a 30 second video to promote the Enough is Enough - Action against Homophobia campaign as the campaign goes into its third year on International Day & against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th.

The Students have spent the last six months writing, researching and producing their own videos to highlight the importance of taking action against homophobia.  Now we want you to judge the best videos for the Enough is Enough-Action against Homophobia campaign!

Each of the students had to do a live pitch to a panel and the best ideas went into production and these are now going forward to a public vote. All the students who wrote, devised and filmed these short films are aged between 16-19 years old. There are 8 videos that have been shortlisted and the 2 videos that are voted the most popular will be used to promote the Enough is Enough campaign from 17th May throughout the next year.

The student’s themselves have also welcomed the opportunity of discussing the issue of homophobia after being involved in the project.

Here’s what they had to say about the project.

Ben: “I didn't know what I was going to do for the project. I didn't know a lot
about the LGF and I didn't know what the advert was going to be about. I
suppose I was a bit worried at first but once I started to research the
LGF and homophobia I started to come up with ideas, it got easier. When I first got the brief I wasn't sure about the subject matter but once I researched and got to work I really enjoyed the topic and the project. Working on the project, I think I developed professionally. Now instead of passing something off because I'm not sure of it, I'll give it a go before I say no.”

Juno: “When I first got the project I was very excited. I was aware of homophobia
as I have friends who have been victims. I wanted to target parents rather than young people. I was very pleased with the work we had done.”

Robert: “I really liked the idea of working on the Enough is Enough project, It was
something that I felt very passionate about. I was able to tackle a very
serious subject. Past productions I've worked on have been a little more
light hearted. I suppose homophobia could be a tender subject but I like the fact that we
all got be hind it, we've have just gone "This isn't right, lets do something about it"
We found the planning quite hard and we struggled to get organised due to
different factors but we got the project done and we are very happy with
it.”

Zack: “I thought the project was very interesting, I didn't realise that
homophobia was such a big problem. It was great opportunity to work
with an official charity to help combat homophobia. One of the biggest challenges I had was getting the idea from paper to video, what I imaged and what I produced are two different things. I experimented with different techniques and eventually settled on one. I think the group worked through the issues we encountered quite well and we came out with a project that was good.”

Heather: “I was quite interested in the project it was something that I have never
really looked into as it has never affected me. It was interesting to find
out what support there is out there for people who are suffering from
homophobia.”

We are sure you will agree that they are all worthy contenders and it will be hard to pick the winners which is why we want YOU to pick the ones that you feel best represent the Enough is Enough campaign.

The Manchester College student’s have shown their commitment to taking action against homophobia and we hope you will be inspired by their work to take action too.

VOTE NOW!

You can view and vote for your favourite video at: http://facebook.com/lgfeie

Here you will see two buttons under one banner. One called ‘view the videos!’ And one called ‘Videos / VOTE!’