UWE media students dominate regional RTS award nominations

Issue date: 13 January 2011

Students from the Media Practice course at the University of the West of England have once again dominated the nomination stages of the Royal Television Society Student TV awards for the South West region. Media Practice students have notched up five nominations in the total of six and are assured of a win in the Fiction category as all the finalists are from UWE.

Abigail Davies, the Media Practice award leader from UWE said, “We are all thrilled at this outstanding result for the UWE students. A high level of craft skills and the ability to create compelling stories that really engage an audience are central to what we do in Media Practice and this demonstrates the strength of creative talent coming out of the course. The students have done really well as the RTS do not vote anything through to the finalist stage unless it meets their very high standards for production quality.”

Two films have made it through in the Factual category. Both reflect students' adventurous choice of documentary topics and their international scope. Shooting Blind by Andrew Whitehouse and Adaleane Coade is a documentary following the English Blind Football squad as they take on Germany in the last friendly of the season in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. We learn about the skill and competitive drive of the players, who are at the very top of disability sports.

Don't give up your guns by Juris Kudeiko is a documentary following Armand who left Latvia for England because of the economic crisis in his homeland. How has his life changed; is it better or worse? The film explores the life of an economic migrant, his aspirations and dreams.

Three films are in the final running for the Fiction category. Boy by Matty Groves (Director), Dan Kay (Producer) and Mike Marchlewski (Camera) is a psychological horror based on a true story. Roland Boy is a night shift taxi driver who uses his black cab as cover to prowl the streets and pick up women. His position of trust becomes the ultimate betrayal as his passengers' journeys turn into a fight for survival.

Pot Pourri by Rob Hayward (Producer / Director), Juris Kudeiko (Camera) and Sam Coleman (Sound & First Editor) is a comedy about two young men with very different views on life. Their friendship is put to the test when an unexpected visitor is found in their flat, forcing them to stand up for what's important to them.

Patisserie Nights by Mike Marchlewski (Director), Dan Kay (Producer) and Max Creed (Camera) is an unlikely love story. Edward longs to find companionship but cannot overcome his desperate shyness. When his world collides with Jagustyna, an outgoing and quirky young woman, his life is destined to change. The odd pair spend a whirlwind night together, after which nothing is the same.

Alex Gilkison, Executive Dean from the Faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education at UWE, said, “This is a fantastic result and we wish the students well for the finals. That UWE has dominated the awards for the region speaks volumes for the quality of teaching and the direction provided by our brilliant lecturing team here.”

For over 80 years, the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards have 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.


Editors notes:

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

For more information on studying Animation at UWE see: Animation

For more information on studying MA Media: Practice & Culture at UWE see: Media Practice and Culture

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