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Media Learning Company students to produce drama with former EastEnders writer

1st February 2018

Cactus Media, who are a group of media students from City College Norwich, with former EastEnders writer Lilie Ferrari and Norwich-based Eye Film, are set to create a 5-part drama series exploring bereavement.

Cactus Media, a production company run by 14 students based at City College Norwich, produces photography, film, graphic design and live events.

Working with Eye Film and former EastEnders writer Lilie Ferrari, they are going to produce a 5-part mini-series, composed of 5-minute-long episodes.

The title for the series is “The Bereavement club” and it follows an informal bereavement encounter group as they attempt to process the deaths of loved ones.

The main characters will take viewers on a heart-warming journey of love and loss; they will learn that it is human to grieve and not be ashamed to ask for help.

The Media Learning Company students have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the project, which will go towards acting talent and equipment to enable high quality production values.  See  for more details and to support the project.     

Shooting will take place in early March and the finished series will go out nightly on Cactus Media’s YouTube channel

Cactus Media is the latest incarnation of the college’s Media Learning Company, which sees students gain real industry experience by researching, pitching, budgeting and creating “live” projects. 

At the end of the 1-year course, students gain a Foundation Diploma.  The unique industry experience provided by the course enables students to go on to jobs within the creative industries or higher education courses.

Jean Clack, Media Learning Company Leader, City College Norwich, said:

“Working alongside an established screenwriter like Lilie, together with Charlie Gauvin from Eye Film, will be an invaluable experience for our students and they can’t wait to get started on this exciting project. 

“The hope is that this series could lead to a future commission with BBC3 Digital, and that the experience will inspire our Media Learning Company students to go on to make their mark on filmmaking in the region’’.