Student Film at Best of Britannia

Best of Britannia

Kensington and Chelsea College Student Film To Be Screened At Prestigious Event Celebrating Best Of British Brands

A film produced by Kensington and Chelsea College students is set to feature in a high-profile event celebrating the best of British Brands.

The 35 minute film exploring the history of Hatton Garden – the epicentre of London’s jewellery trade – is being shown as a feature presentation at Best of Britannia, taking place in Clerkenwell from October 3-5.

Titled ‘Lappings, Lemel & Sweeps’, the film was the result of a Heritage Lottery Fund backed video project, led by jewellery students from the college in conjunction with film-makers Digital:Works.

The film provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the famous London street through a series of candid interviews and stories from those connected to Hatton Garden including jewellers, local residents, engravers, diamond setters and suppliers of metal and gems.

The film is being shown to the public for Best of Britannia at 11am, Friday October 4th, at Clerkenwells’ landmark Farmiloe Building.

Jewellery student Mary Hart said: ‘Making the film was really inspirational. We interviewed people who had spent their entire lives working in Hatton Garden, and their stores are fascinating. The whole Hatton Garden community came together to support the film and were generous with giving up their time to be part of it. As jewellery students, being part of this video project has given us an amazing opportunity to make contacts, learn more about traditional techniques still being used in Hatton Garden, and see how it has also embraced new technology.’

The college offers a wide range of art and design courses, including jewellery courses.

Kensington and Chelsea College has a reputation for excellence in Art and Design, and recently became an associate college member for The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural – a status awarded to only a select number of colleges. Students are taught by industry experts and award winners such as jewellery tutor Kelvin Birk. An accomplished jeweller Kelvin runs his own business, alongside teaching and has exhibited his work in numerous exhibitions including ‘Collect’ at the Saatchi Gallery, and ‘Origin’ at Somerset House.