One students to launch documentary Developing Ipswich

Chitiphat Rangphuree and Luke Penning who are make a documentary called Developing Ipswich at Suffol

Chitiphat Rangphuree and Luke Penning who are make a documentary called Developing Ipswich at Suffolk One. - Credit: Archant

Two budding filmmakers in Ipswich have taken their cameras into the streets to make a documentary on the development of the town.

Eighteen-year-old Luke Penning and Chitiphat Rangphuree, who both study at One, have been working on Developing Ipswich, a film which explores the change from an old Tudor town into a modern university location.

Luke, who wrote and directed the film, said: “The idea came about just out of curiosity really.

“I had an idea in my mind for a long time about making this specific documentary as I feel Ipswich has changed a lot over the last couple of years, with development which has significantly been made to Ipswich Waterfront.

“I like listening to people’s opinions around Ipswich as it is the town I have always lived in.

“I feel Ipswich is becoming personal to me and I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen in the next couple of years.”

For the film, the pair have spoken to residents, professionals and Ipswich MP Ben Gummer to gain an insight into how the town has developed, and where it is heading next.

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The film, which is due in late March or early April, is the latest project for the filmmakers who have already seen modest success with their student production company Village Green Pictures.

They have already worked on music videos, short films, promotional videos and corporate videos, as well as making their first foray into the documentary genre since establishing in September last year.

Luke added: “Since our founding in September 2014 we have been quickly gathering pace in building contacts and getting an audience that will notice us.

“As we’re a student-based production company funds aren’t the main focus for us as it is our determination and enthusiasm for film and media which drives us for success.”

Their latest projects have included experimental short film The Great Outdoors which explores the natural habitat of creatures, and tense drama Followed.

Luke added: “When I founded the company I was very apprehensive of what we would be, and what has happened recently surrounding Village Green Pictures has overcome my expectations.

“It’s an exciting time for the company, and I’m becoming more and more excited every single day for what is going to happen.”