UWE team wins RTS Award

Issue date: 28 February 2011

A team from the University of the West of England has won a prestigious Royal Television Society Bristol Centre Student Television Awards 2010 Undergraduate Fiction award for their film Boy.

Boy by Matty Groves (Director), Dan Kay (Producer) and Mike Marchlewski (Camera) is a psychological horror based on a true story.

The film features Roland Boy, 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. With strong influences from Kubrick's subliminal cognitive imagery, the film blends realism with surrealism to create a grim and dangerous world of a man who fantasises about controlling women to assert his competency and validate his masculinity.

Matty Groves says, “I would like to personally thank everyone who worked with me on this project. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful crew and immensely talented actors. The Media Practice course gave me the opportunity to make both drama and documentary films and be creatively free whilst being supported with production and research. A big thank you to everyone at Media Practice. I feel I have an upper-hand in a competitive industry.”

Dan Kay says, "It's really satisfying and rewarding for the film to have won this award. When you're making a student film, everybody involved works so hard, for so many months but once you've graduated, it's easy to forget what an enormous task it was. So for the film to keep going, to carry on, to new audiences and new platforms - long after graduation - makes the effort even more worthwhile.

“The film couldn't have been made without the UWE Media Practice Department, and we are all really grateful to them - particularly Abigail Davies and Dave Neal. They submitted the film to RTS on our behalf, showing their belief in the professional quality of the films that come out of UWE. That's a great compliment."

The Royal Television Society Bristol Centre Student Television Awards 2010 Undergraduate Factual prize was for Don't give up your guns by Juris Kudeiko, also from UWE.

Don't give up your guns 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.

This was a bumper year at the regional RTS awards for UWE as five of the final nominations from the total of six were by teams from the University.

Abigail Davies, the Media Practice award leader from UWE said, "We're thrilled to have won both the Undergraduate Factual and Undergraduate Fiction categories of the Royal Television Society Bristol Centre Student Television Awards for 2010. BA (Hons) Media Practice aims to give students a strong foundation in documentary and drama story-telling so it is particularly pleasing to see our students succeed in both these genres as well as a testament to their creative talent."

Alex Gilkison, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education at UWE said, “We are delighted that a UWE team has won this prestigious award. UWE is obviously attracting some very talented people – this is great as it reflects the excellent teaching reputation that we have built up. Well done to Matty, Dan and Mike, it's a great achievement.”

BA (Hons) Media Practice at the University of the West of England consistently turns out award winning filmmakers. Teaching creative media across multi-platforms, students are equipped with narrative, production and craft skills. The aim is to develop new talent for the creative industries: content producers and craft technicians who understand professional demands.

In 2013, the course moves to purpose-built accommodation at the University's main campus in Frenchay, where it will benefit from new high-spec facilities, including a TV studio, high-definition edit suites and a dubbing theatre. Media Practice is part of the Department of Screen, Media and Journalism at UWE.

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.

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