West Suffolk College students help create comedy-drama film

Published:
14:55 16 June 2022



A new comedy-drama filmed around East Anglia is being developed by students and staff at a Suffolk college.

Those studying the film course at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds are working together to create a new film called ‘The Sheriff’.

Over the past month, they’ve been scouring the county to begin work on their production, which is helmed by film course director Ben Pryke.


Joe Nial and Billy Tonks, both students working on the film, with Joe saying “It was an amazing experience to be a part of this.”
– Credit: West Suffolk College

The project started last year, when Ben opened a screenplay competition.

It received 47 entries, with Tom Crich’s script leading the way.

The film, a short comedy-drama, takes on a similar tone to Hot Fuzz and Mall Rats.

Ben said: “The students were heavily involved in the process.


Esmee White, 19, thinks it will help her in the future, having helped with props, set design, hair and makeup

Esmee White, 19, thinks it will help her in the future, having helped with props, set design, hair and makeup
– Credit: West Suffolk College

“We brought in a mix of professionals to support us and the students got real work opportunities.”

Colin Ramsey, owner of DragonLight films in Cambridge and producer of the film, said: “It was exciting working with Ben and the students. Everyone rose to the challenge.

“We can’t wait for people to see the final results.”


Producer Colin Ramsey of DragonLight films in Cambridge

Producer Colin Ramsey of DragonLight films in Cambridge
– Credit: West Suffolk College

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