Students get to grips with German film industry thanks to DMU Global

By Mel Hawes

Media students from De Montfort University were given an insight into the German film industry after a DMU Global trip to Berlin.

The trip formed part of their module, Berlin: History, location, media and identity.

Principal Lecturer of Media and Communication, Margaret Montgomerie said: “The trip allowed students to think about the relationship between Berlin and the media representation of people and how we make sense of each other.”


Students visited Europe’s first major film studio, Babeslberg, where films such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Reader’ have been filmed. The studios have also been home to DMU’s Senior Lecturer in Television Scriptwriting, Jim Hill, who has worked on German soap operas.

The trip, made up of 14 students, focused of the differences between German and Hollywood Cinema during and after world war two.

Trips to the Olympic stadium, the Sony Centre and Checkpoint Charlie were just some of the landmarks the group visited. Throughout the trip students were also encouraged to explore Berlin on their own, with many learning about the city’s history as well as its culture.

Aliyah Loughlan, a second year Journalism and Media student, said: “Being able to learn about the history of Nazi Germany and the real impact it had on society and not just about media was incredibly interesting.”




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