A FILM-MAKER who made a short film about a Caribbean perspective on life in England has won the inaugural Files on Film competition run by The National Archives.
Angus Campbell Golding, a 26-year-old history graduate from Hammersmith, west London, claimed top spot from the judges in the premiere competition that looks at entries of short films inspired by one of ten digitised documents from The National Archives’ collection.
The judging panel handed Golding first place because his three-minute film A West Indian in England “achieved the perfect combination of humour, emotion and drama in bringing the document to life”.
Organisers added: “The judges felt the story was beautifully told and contained elements that would resonate with the experiences of those arriving in England for the first time and those who had lived here all their lives.”
Speaking about his triumph, Golding said: “I am thrilled. The competition was a brilliant way of showing how compelling and engaging these documents are.
“This was a sublime document.”
The Newcastle University graduate added: “It was empathetic, patronising, funny, terribly sad, and moving, all at once.
“A special mention needs to go Josh Wynter, who composed the music, and Matt Christian Reed who was a brilliant actor to work with.”
Swindon-born Golding received a £450 cash prize, while one runner-up got £200.
By Bart Chan