Top award for Chichester university’s slavery film

Actors in the film
Actors in the film

A FILM made on human trafficking by university students and staff in the city has won a national award.

My Name is Georgina was named the best film on domestic servitude at the Human Trafficking Short Film Competition in London.

University of Chichester media students worked with lecturers and industry professionals to plan the film.

It follows a young African girl brought to England under false pretences before becoming a slave.

The film features lead actress Tayo Elesin, who has appeared in BBC dramas Casualty and Holby City, and it was shot entirely in Chichester.

Writer and director of the film Michael Holley, a programme coordinator of media production at the university, wanted to make the film relevant to the area.

“Human trafficking tends to be associated with sexual exploitation,” he said.

“We wanted to draw attention to servitude as we felt this unseen form of trafficking is more relevant to our region.

“Producing My Name is Georgina was a great experience for our students and one that provided them with invaluable experience of all aspects of production.”

The contest aimed to raise awareness of forced labour in the UK by inviting amateur and professional filmmakers to produce movies based on one of eight real-life stories.

It was one of 12 films shown at the award ceremony in London, on October 8, which was led by anti-human trafficking charity Unchosen.

Organisation spokesman Camilla Brown said: “What is particularly enjoyable about My Name is Georgina is that it has a bit of humour in it, and that makes it so much more accessible for the audience.

“As I have already said to its writer, Michael Holley, it was the only film in 
the competition that made me cry.”

The film will now be played across the UK and Ireland as part of a roadshow about human trafficking, starting in Edinburgh and York next week and visiting Chichester in April, 2014.

To watch a preview of My Name is Georgina visit