Student Film Secures Prime Time TV Slot

Student Film Secures Prime Time TV Slot

A film produced by Kensington and Chelsea College students is taking a prime time slot for its national TV premier.

The 35 minute film exploring the history of Hatton Garden – the epicentre of London’s jewellery trade – is being shown on TV for the first time on Saturday 29th March at 8pm.

Titled ‘LAPPINGS, LEMEL & SWEEPS’, the film will feature on the Community Channel on Virgin channel 233, Sky channel 539, BT Vision and Freesat channel 651. It is also being aired on Freeview HD channel 109 and Freeview channel 63.

‘LAPPINGS, LEMEL & SWEEPS’ 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.

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.”

A wide range of art and design courses are being offered for the spring and summer term, including jewellery and silversmithing workshops from April 2014. For more information visit

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.

Kensington and Chelsea College is based in the creative heart of West London and is closely connected to many of the world famous creative and cultural venues, landmarks and organisations sitting on its doorstep, including the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery.