Secret Cinema Opportunity

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Sometimes life hands us opportunities, sometimes we have to fight for them. But, in most cases, these opportunities are fantastic and something which will continue to do.

Well, The Rabbit Film Section has been contacted by a dear friend about the possibility of students taking part in a brilliant cinema opportunity.

Check out the information below;

Become a Secret Student!

 The Opportunity:

Become a “Secret Student” and Train/Perform in the upcoming Secret Cinema production.

Limited spaces available so be quick!

The Structure of the program:

  • 1 day workshop and bite size training in site specific, interactive and immersive performance.
  • Rehearsal/preparation for performance.
  • Introduction to the cast, crew and directors of the current Secret Cinema Production.
  • Performances as a supporting artist within the production.
  • Observation and constructive feedback on your performance, with the aim of developing your own style of performance within this genre.

What do you get?

  • £10 travel expenses for each day.
  • On site training/development in interactive performance.
  • Canteen dinner.
  • Beer.


  • The first day of each week will be a training day.
  • You would need to be available for a one week session (if you are unable to commit to 100% of the dates then there can be some flexibility), however you can apply to do more than 1 week should you choose.

Week 1

Wednesday 31st October- 10am.

Thursday 1st November- 4pm.

Friday 2nd November- 4pm.

Saturday 3rd November- 10am.

Sunday 4th November- 10am

 Week 2

Tuesday 6th November- 10am.

Thursday 8th November- 4pm.

Friday 9th November- 4pm.

Saturday 10th November- 10am.

Sunday 11th November- 10am.

 Week 3

Thursday 15th November- 10am.

Friday 16th November- 4pm.

Saturday 17th November- 10am.

Sunday 18th November- 10am.

Week 4

Thursday 22nd November- 10am.

Friday 23rd November- 4pm.

Saturday- 10am.


 Week 5

Thursday 29th November- 10am.

Friday 30th November- 4pm.

Saturday 1st December- 10am.

Sunday 2nd December- 10am.

How to get involved?

For further information or to apply please send an email to

We look forward to hearing from you, and remember, “tell no one”.

Colchester Film Festival – Exclusive Interview

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Film Festivals are an integral part of filmmaking, particularly Independent Films, they act as platforms for filmmakers to gain a buzz about their film. Critics and producers are then able to get the word out about their film.

The Rabbit Film Section was fortunate enough to get an interview with one of Colchester Film Festivals Directors, Tristan Syrett.

Naomi Jeffreys: How important are Film Festivals for Filmmakers?

TS: As this is a short film festival so the importance for filmmakers is increased as short films are the only way new up and coming directors can showcase their talents but the chances for large audiences to see short films is very small. Without film festivals like ours new talents cannot be discovered and gain the praise and reputation they deserve.

TS: The festival is also jammed packed full of Masterclasses and workshops from people like BAFTA nominated director Luke Snellin, Oscar nominated Screenwriter Julian Unthank and Director of Photography Steven Hall who’s credits include ‘War Horse, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Batman Begins’.

NJ: Your programme is varied, how do you begin to decide what makes it in to the Film Festival?

TS: The selection process was simple we picked best films that were submitted.  We didn’t decide the categories or a theme for the festival beforehand we choose the best films and fitted them into categories. We don’t pick the films to fit the festival we change the festival to fit the films.

NJ: What, in your opinion, makes a good film?

TS: We believe that a good story told well is the most important aspect of any film and have selected all the films in this festival with this in mind.

NJ: Do you have any advice for any budding Filmmakers at the University of Essex?

TS: Concentrate on telling a good story. Everything else is secondary.

NJ: When did you know you wanted to enter in the world of Film?

TS: When I heard that Matthew Vaughn married Claudia Schiffer after producing ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’

NJ: Who chooses the Films which are entered in to the Festival?

TS: The films have been chosen by the festival directors Tristan Syrett and Steven Dorrington.

NJ: You have a 48 hour Filmmaking challenge, how do you come up with that?

TS: We took a look at Sci-Fi London’s 48-hour film challenge and thought ‘That’s a good idea, we’ll do one of those’.

NJ: Are you eager to get Students a part of the Film Festival?

TS: Yes, we’re screening four films made by Essex University Students ‘Fine Feathers’ by Martine Wolff, ‘Ram’ by Kit Wood, ‘Mourning Dew’ by Rob Rhys Wills and ‘Bethnal Green’ by Elena Dirstaru in the local films section on Sunday the 7th and are keen for students to come along to festival and be inspired by the work being created by filmmakers from around the world.

NJ: What can Students expect to see at the Film Festival?

TS: They can expect to see a selection of short films from 13 countries that they would normally never get to see, masterclasses and workshops from established professionals, opportunities to network with filmmakers from around the UK, live music from Colchester’s top bands and a whole lot more!