Joanne scoops top award at prestigous ceremony

Joanne Dickinson who has won an award for a health and safety film
Joanne Dickinson who has won an award for a health and safety film

A 21-year-old from Southowram has walked away with an award from a prestigious ceremony in London.

Joanne Dickinson proved to the outside world that health and safety doesn’t “stifle” a production when shooting the film, Anamnesis.

Joanne scooped a cash reward of £300 from the Institution and the film itself secured a trophy for best health and safety plan, at an awards ceremony during the National Film and Television School Show 2013, sponsored by YouTube.

Joanne said: “I’m delighted that we picked up the award for the film. The film industry is so creative, and new things are tried every day. Directors’ visions need to be met one way or another and having health and safety integrated into the industry allows production to generate means of getting what the director wants whilst keeping everybody on board safe.

“Health and safety has allowed us to push the boundaries we needed to whilst maintaining a stable working environment for the cast and crew.”

Written and directed by Ben Goodger, Anamnesis tells the story of a young scientist whose girlfriend drowns during a trip to the beach.

Harnessing the properties of a recently discovered meteorite, he revisits the fateful day over and over again, always as if he was experiencing the events for the first time. As his obsession is driving him towards self-destruction, he starts to believe in the possibility of a new beginning.

Filmed at Sanna Bay, Scotland and at the CEME College of Engineering in London, Jo managed the production as part of her Diploma in Production Management.

Graham Parker, from the Thames Valley Branch of IOSH, sponsors of the health and safety award, said: “Communication was key when it came to health and safety on this production.

“Jo, the cast and crew have proven to the outside world that realistic, sensible health and safety doesn’t stifle a production, but simply allows creativity to flow without harming or endangering those at work.”

The award is judged by members of IOSH’s Thames Valley Branch and the criteria is tough. As the world’s largest body for health and safety professionals, IOSH sponsors the award to educate and encourage NTFS students of the importance of health and safety in the film-making process.