At the start of this month, our Year 1 Film Studies students went to the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse for a free screening of ‘The Last Tree’ which was followed by a Q&A with Myf Hopkins, the producer of the film.
The film is about Femi and who grows up with his foster mother amongst the rolling fields of rural Lincolnshire, Femi’s young life seems as idyllic as the landscape. But when he returns to London to live with his birth mother he begins to struggle with the culture and values of his new environment. As the years pass, he must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take and what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s. His search for self and identity will take him on an emotionally charged and utterly unforgettable journey through various stages of his life.
During the Q&A Myf Hopkins talked about the process of getting funding for this low budget independent British film as well as the challenges of marketing it with such a small budget.
The students really enjoyed the trip and said they found the Q&A really fascinating, they hadn’t realised just how tough it is to make films in Britain. They also found the insights into sales, distribution and marketing really interesting too.