What are you up to these days?
I work as a Short Film Executive at Lifesize Pictures in Sheffield. Lifesize Pictures manage all of the UK Film Council´s short film schemes. To date these schemes have produced over 700 short films, many of which have won international awards and screened at festivals around the world.
Why did you decide to study history at Sheffield?
I decided to study history because I like stories and thinking about what motivates people and why things happen in different sets of circumstances. These are also some of the reasons I love working with short films. I found the History course at Sheffield University very flexible and I was encouraged to study a wide range of topics as well as specialise in areas of particular interest.
What skills did you learn on your course?
The most useful skills I learned were to research everything thoroughly, listen to different opinions, and ultimately to question everything and form my own opinions. These are invaluable skills, which I use all the time in my job.
What did you enjoy about Sheffield as a city?
The advantage of studying in Sheffield is that the University is right in the middle of a great city with character, warmth and interesting culture. There is something original and understated about the city. It has a vibrant music scene, the brilliant Showroom Cinema and Crucible Theatre, but there are also lots of other interesting cultural events that are organised by enterprising locals, which happen in the gaps in sometimes unusual locations. It is a good place to be to explore other interests outside of university life. I channelled my interest in short film by putting on screenings and events, which eventually led me into the film industry.