UWE students succeed at RTS awards

Issue date: 12 February 2010

'Jutvari' by Nick Jones Media Practice and Animation students from the University of the West of England won two awards at the regional finals of the South West Royal Television Society Awards held in Bristol last night (11 February 2010).

The winning entries were the documentary 'Jutvari' by Nick Jones and the animation, 'The Creep' by Thomas Malins. The winners will go on to represent the South West Region in the National Finals in London in May.

'Jutvari' by Nick Jones and his team, is set in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 'Jutvari' is a documentary about Segun, the Nigerian coach of a football team of young gypsy boys, for whom Segun is not just a coach but also a role model and even a father figure in their otherwise disoriented lives.

'Jutvari' was described as 'an ambitious documentary' and 'an inspiring programme' with a very original choice of subject',and was the unanimous choice of the jury.

Nick Jones said, “It feels great to have won such a well recognised student award. We put in a lot of effort into the making of this documentary and it's good that our work has recognition. I chose to step out of my comfort zone for this project; filming documentary is unfamiliar territory for me and it was interesting to experience filming in a different country. It's paid off and I loved every second of the whole experience.”

'The Creep' by Tom Mallins was described by the jury, 'as making imaginative use of archive radio drama recordings to support an evocative film noir animation, resulting in a very stylish depiction of American post-war consumer society.'

Rachel Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Animation at UWE, says, “We are absolutely thrilled that Tom Malins won the Royal Television Society Awards. Tom is amongst our first graduating year on the BA (Hons) Animation course at the Bristol School of Animation. He is one of many who are forging careers throughout the animation and media industry both in the UK and internationally.”

Jane Arthurs, Head of Culture, Media and Drama at UWE, says, “This is the longest standing and most prestigious peer acknowledgement of best practice in student film making. The Department of Culture, Media and Drama is delighted to have won a documentary award and that five out of the seven finalists in the regional awards were from UWE's Creative Arts Faculty.”

UWE students were shortlisted in every category for this year's awards and five out of the seven finalists were from the University.

In the fiction category, 'Stand up Tall' by James Thompson and his team is an atmospheric thriller about a young woman who becomes sick of the domestic abuse she suffers and decides to take matters into her own hands. The film has very strong production values in terms of directing, camerawork, lighting and editing.

Also nominated in this category is 'Dead Fish and Unused Condoms' by Alfie Dale and his team. Following the untimely death of his goldfish, purposeless Fred discovers his inner-poet. A tale of self-indulgence, featuring a dead fish and an unused condom.

In the factual category, 'Meriden Way' produced and directed by Samantha Low, is a documentary about the celebrations held for St George's Day on a housing estate in Watford, and explores successfully the thin line between nationalism and racism.

For over 80 years, the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards has provided the UK's main platform for debate about the future of television. The awards are the most prestigious and long-running industry peer-awarded commendation in this field. Each year ceremonies recognise excellence across the entire range of programme making and broadcasting skills.

The RTS Student Television Awards recognise the best audiovisual work created by full- or part-time students as part of their course. The national awards ceremony is held every May in central London.

For more information on studying Media Practice at UWE see:Media Practice

For more information on studying Animation at UWE see: Animation


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