Graduate Filmmaker nominated for RTS West of England Award

Issue date: 15 March 2017


Hugo Pettitt, a filmmaking graduate from UWE Bristol has been shortlisted for a RTS West of England Award in the Digital Creativity category. This success comes just two years after Hugo was nominated for a RTS Student Award for his graduate film 'The Invisible School'.

Hugo was producer on the shortlisted 'Slavery Street', a BBC Three project on modern slavery and goes 'head to head' with the BBC Natural History Unit's 'Attenborough and the Dinosaur'. Hugo also worked on 'Making a Slave' nominated in the Best Short category.

Slavery Street

Modern day slavery is something that affects us all and is much closer to home than we think. Slavery Street is a digitally innovative and experimental piece that has hard documentary content at its heart. It engages a young audience that is turning its back on traditional long-form linear programmes. By working with leading charities trying to raise awareness of modern day slavery, this thoroughly researched digital video was able to give the most up-to-date context of modern slavery and reveal exactly how and where we may all unwittingly come in to contact with it every day on any high street in the UK. Whether getting nails done, smoking some weed or simply buying the cheapest clothes, we all have our part to play in this dark and underground world.

Hugo Pettitt says, “I'm delighted that my most recent project has been acknowledged by the Royal Television Society again, just two years after receiving my first award for 'Best Student Factual Film'. There's only one other film nominated in my category for 'Best of Digital Creativity', the BBC Natural History Unit's 'Attenborough and the Dinosaur', and they both seem like fierce characters to be going head-to-head with! But both projects are innovative and exciting. Good luck to both teams.

“It has helped tremendously being based in Bristol for both university at UWE and through my integration from academia to industry at BBC Bristol. Bristol has some amazing opportunities in the media world and I can only thank the city for helping me achieve what I have in my short career thus far.”

Documentary film lecturer Alistair Oldham said, “Congratulations to Hugo for another RTS nomination, just two years after winning the regional RTS student factual award with Hannah Bailey, for their film "The Invisible School". Obviously Hugo has done incredibly well to progress so quickly since leaving UWE, after he successfully secured a BBC internship following his UWE work experience with the Sharpshotz scheme run in conjunction between UWE, local charity, Ideal and BBC Outreach."

RTS West of England Awards will take place on Sunday 19 March at the Bristol Old Vic.

Countryfile presenter and host of the Strictly Come Dancing tour, Anita Rani will present the awards, which will be a very special evening to celebrate the achievements of the regional creative community.

For more information on studying at UWE Bristol, visit the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education website.

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