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DOCUMENTARY DIRECTION STUDENTS

STUDENTS GRADUATED IN 2004

Simon Chambers
Rowena Cohen
Caroline Deeds
John Lundberg
Nora Meyer
Julie Moggan

SIMON CHAMBERS

Simon Chambers
Films at the NFTS

My Bengali Friends
The Company We Keep
Playing Dead
When The Pie Was Opened
Far and Near
On Hold

Having gained a First Class Honours degree in sculpture from Bath Academy of Arts in 1983, Simon showed his work around Europe and the UK. But a burgeoning social conscience and eagerness to see how other people lived their lives led him to a five-year stint as a community worker on a travellers' site, later moving on to become senior youth worker at a rural activities centre for London teenagers.

After numerous arrests for campaigning against South African Apartheid and other social issues, Simon worked with the McLibel Campaign and as an AIDS researcher for a prostitutes' collective. Since enrolling at the NFTS, he has tried to find ways to make films about important issues in an entertaining way, such as When the Pie Was Opened, a black comedy about his frustrations with the council when he lived in Hackney. He also produced and co-wrote the fiction short Playing Dead.