The documentary ‘Hope’ originated from a collaboration between Film Production/Photography students at the University of Portsmouth and a Prince’s Trust Team programme cohort at Waltham Forest College. This project was originally thought to honour the outstanding work of Team Leaders in supporting young people to develop key skills to further their career goals. We had to revisit this creative collaboration due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak last year, we were not about to be defeated by long distance working relationships! ‘Hope’ has taken an unexpected turn, it has matured to a reflection on how young people benefit from the Team Programme in such unpredictable climate. These young people's testimonies show the importance of building communities and strong educational projects

  • Laura Chevalier
  • Thaïs Verhasselt and Laura Chevalier
  • Thaïs Verhasselt
  • Grégoire Proust
    Sound designer
  • DynaMix
    Music composer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Genres:
    Observational, Factual
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    XAVC S 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Portsmouth
Director Biography - Laura Chevalier

Laura Chevalier is a French filmmaker based in Portsmouth, UK. She is currently attending the University of Portsmouth, in second year of Film Production and is set to graduate in 2022.
She directed her first short film in 2016.
She wrote her first short film for a 48H film challenge in 2019, which was nominated in 5 categories and won 3 awards.
Hope is her first time as director on a documentary.
Her dream is to become a professional writer/producer for film and television.

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Director Statement

I directed this documentary when my friend asked me if I was interested to be part in a project which was close to her heart: making a film about young students enrolled in the Prince's Trust Team Programme. I was thrilled to be able to work on a documentary that would benefit young people. The documentary follows the Team Leader and the students from their point of view on how they felt at the beginning of the programme and at the end. It was very important to have two categories of protagonists to better show the insight of the course. Creating an observational documentary was the best way to share the students experience, and show future students what the course can bring to them.
When we first met the students and their Team Leaders, we knew we would get touching testimonies. They opened up to us during interviews and were very comfortable to share their stories.
The making of this documentary made me realise how important are education and personal development.