Honorary Service

Sewering is a German doctor. In World War II, he is alleged to have participated in transferring 900 Handicapped Catholic children into a camp where they were killed. In 2008, the German Federation of Internal Medicine awarded Sewering the Gunther-Budelmann medal for services to the nation’s health system, its highest honor.

A friend of mine was completing an MA in Film Studies at the University of East London. As her first piece of coursework, she had to complete a five minute film that would be a “profile” of a person. She sought my help in the writing process.

I’d initially considered making a mockumentary about Dracula, but then when I was curious to read about episodes of Doctor Who that had been dubbed into German, I stumbled across an article about an elderly German doctor who had apparently been responsible for the deaths of thousands of children during the Second World War. But much later in his life, he’d received an award for his positive contributions to the nation’s health system.

This short film uses a fictional situation to very briefly bring together these two contrasting aspects of Sewering’s life.

We were lucky enough to find Robert Rowe, a German speaking actor, through Casting Call Pro. The other cast members are film students. The film went on to receive Distinction.

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The Photographer

I studied Film and Video: Theory and Practice at the University of East London (UEL). During the first year, we had to create a 90 second film that made use of stereo and widescreen. At the time, not everyone worked in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Together with my flatmates in Finchley Road, I used the 90 seconds to create a trailer for a non-existant French film about a photographer who develops an obsession with potatoes.

This was shot on MiniDV using Sony DCR TRV27E in 2006 and edited using Ulead Media Studio 6. The music is by Joe Hisaishi and comes from the film Howl’s Moving Castle.