‘That’s something I’ve really taken from the experience, actually,’ Tristan continues. While discussing the idea with UWE’s tutors during production the students were introduced to an important storytelling element; ‘although the ideas are macro, telling it through the personable ideas, that’s how people are really going to connect to stuff. I really understand that through making the film. Connecting to another person’s experience and then touching on these little bits on the bigger picture.’
Following its completion, Tristan and Alex have been touring the short, including achieving selection at The British Documentary Film Festival where they took home not just the Best Student Documentary, but also the Environmental Award. ‘The past winners at the festival, and the Environmental Award as well… it’s quite unreal good company to be in,’ Alex says.
But it’s not just the glitz and glamour that makes a film like Forgotten Fibre worth making. ‘A highlight for me actually was being at Wonderwool,’ Tristan illustrates, referring to the Welsh festival celebrating wool and natural fibres annually, where the filmmakers exhibited their short. ‘This lady came up to me at the end and she was really tearful. It’s lovely to be accredited and have some sort of notoriety from a film festival, but when you just meet somebody, knowing that you connected to someone on a personal level, that was everything. It really touched me personally.’