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Learning about R industries

WE are learning more about the QPR fans who follow the club and the industries in which they operate.

We continue this feature with film director Mark Campbell-Garrity …

"I have been working in video production for four years and in that time I’ve worked on a huge variety of projects and some really interesting stories.

“I began working in film and television after a friend put me forward for a trainee role on a Bollywood feature film shoot in London.

“It was like a film-set bootcamp - we got around two hours sleep a night and stayed at a budget hotel in Hounslow. We worked seven days a week out of a warehouse in Southall and travelled all around England for the shoot.

“Working alongside a mostly Indian crew gave me a first-hand insight into Indian culture and people - I’ve always been fascinated with other cultures and people so I decided to continue working in film to have more of these experiences.

“Documentary film making really appeals to me because of this. You get close to people and culture’s you’d never normally interact with. One particular highlight was working as a camera operator on a documentary about drag queens living in London and learning about drag as an artform and social movement. Our city has a great mix of cultures and opinions and through film I’ve been privileged to explore them.

“Through BBC New Creatives I made my first narrative short film which aired on BBC4 last November. I was inspired to make the film after reading about the behaviour of birds in captivity and noticing how their behaviour mirrored the symptoms of people who suffer from social anxiety. In the future I would like to develop the story into a feature film or series for TV.

“BBC New Creatives South East is currently open to apply for - it’s a great way to get started in film!

“I’m now in the process of setting up a production company with my long-term collaborator Fatosh Olgacher. So far we’ve produced music videos, commercials and corporate content. Video content for social media has become a huge part of advertising and it’s an area we’re able to fill.

“As for the R’s, well I grew up in Watford and actually went to matches at Watford as well as QPR before committing to QPR!

“I began supporting them after my dad took me to Loftus Road in 1996 to see us play Portsmouth.

“I usually sit in Ellerslie Road Block W with my brother and dad towards the top of the stadium near the away fans to make the most of the atmosphere. My favourite QPR memory was meeting Mick Jones of The Clash in 2008 when we played Birmingham in the League Cup. How many football fans can say they met their hero at half time?

“I’m proud to support a team like QPR because of the values I feel the club holds. Three of our former playing staff have appeared on Question Time and the renaming of the stadium has been an important gesture in raising awareness about the impact of knife crime in disadvantaged communities.

“Football has a huge impact on public opinion and brings together different people from different communities. It’s important that clubs like ours continue to work towards having a positive impact on the area around them.”