University Centre Farnborough is thrilled to announce the outstanding achievement of its very own Film Lecturer, Alessandro Repetti, who has taken the prestigious ‘Best Director’ award at the Heart International Film Festival in Bologna, Italy.

Alessandro Repetti teaches on the BA (Hons) Broadcast Media and Film Production degree at the University Centre. His award-winning work, ‘Transgressing’ (2023), has left audiences and critics enthralled with its profound exploration of family dynamics and the far-reaching ramifications of financial hardship. Drawing inspiration from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s literary classic, ‘Crime and Punishment’, Alessandro’s modern take on Sonia’s story has been recognised as a cinematic triumph.

The film was shot on location in Lancashire

The film boasts a cast of eight and a dedicated crew of thirty-seven, including the distinguished BBC actor, Hannah Saxby, whose portrayal has earned her a staggering six Best Actress awards. The visually mesmerising cinematography of “Transgressing” was expertly handled by Director of Photography, Yana Rits, who is also no stranger to filmmaking awards.

Despite the considerable challenges posed by Covid-19, ‘Transgressing’ was successfully shot in Lancashire during the summer of 2022.

To find out more about the film and to view the trailer, visit transgressingfilm.uk.

‘Transgressing’ has garnered an impressive array of accolades, including 18 Awards, two Nominations, seven Official Selections, six Competition Finals, and two Honorable Mentions to date. This exceptional success is a fantastic recognition of Alessandro’s skills and gives students on the BA (Hons) Broadcast Media and Film Production degree a fantastic role model and lecturer.

About Alessardro

Alessandro began his career in Live News Television, where he directed various programmes, including the popular British TV show ‘COAST2COAST’. His first foray into filmmaking, the 2014 short film ‘MASQUERADE’, made waves within the horror community for its innovative and timely approach.

After dedicating three years to television directing, Alessandro collaborated with Luke Collins on two notable short films: ‘CAPPUCCINO’ (2018, Channel 4 Random Acts) and ‘SWIPED’ (2019, BBC New Creatives). Impressively, these films collectively garnered over half a million views within the opening week on platforms like iPlayer and social media.

In addition to his filmmaking endeavours, Alessandro is an active member of the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew in London.

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