UWE Bristol graduates nominated for RTS Student Award

Issue date: 11 May 2015

Filmmaking graduates Hugo Pettitt and Hannah Bush Bailey have received a prestigious nomination from the National RTS Student Television Awards, for their final year documentary 'The Invisible School'.

The talented duo who graduated in BA (Hons) Filmmaking from UWE Bristol in 2014 are one of three finalists in the Undergraduate Factual Category, having previously been named winners at this year's RTS West of England Student Awards 2014.

'The Invisible School' – is a documentary about a school in the heart of the UK for young males aged between ten and sixteen who have shown sexually harmful behaviour. Its location, identity and pupils cannot be disclosed for their own safety and protection. It is the first time the school has opened its doors to a documentary crew. Through interviews and photography, the film explores the workings behind an educational institution, residential care home and therapy rehabilitation unit, that sits on the edge of society.

Hugo Pettitt, said, “Before we even embarked on the pre-production phase of this project, it was difficult to imagine we'd see it through due to so many access, safety and welfare issues. The fact that, not only, did we manage to complete the film, but so many have appreciated it, is something I am incredibly grateful for.”

Hannah Bush Bailey, said, “The whole experience was an incredible journey which taught us both a huge amount about documentary filmmaking. The response we've had from the film and to be nominated for a national award is something I could never have imagined."

Following University, Hugo is now working as a researcher for the BBC in Bristol. Hannah is working at Fly Film, a London based Production Company which has produced award winning films such as Ken Loach's 'The Spirit of 45'. Hannah is currently working with renowned documentary producer/director, Mark Isaacs, on his latest film. Both students gained these roles as a result of their work experience module at UWE Bristol.

Alistair Oldham, Undergraduate Documentary Tutor at UWE Bristol, said, “Hugo and Hannah, and the rest of their production team, have done a great job of making a purposeful documentary short, that is not only beautifully shot and crafted, but also genuinely challenges audiences to reflect on difficult subject matter that is too easily misrepresented by mainstream media. It is particularly pleasing to see them both progressing through the work experience module to embark on such promising starts to their filmmaking careers.”

Dr Susan McMillan, Head of Department of Film and Journalism at UWE Bristol, said, “This is a fantastic achievement by Hugo and Hannah. Every year, our BA in Filmmaking produces outstanding graduates - that not only win awards but get jobs in the industry.”

The 20th annual RTS Student Television Awards will take place on Friday 5 June 2015, hosted by Comedian Romesh Ranganathan at the BFI Southbank in London.

This year, for the first time, the nominated films will be broadcast on Sky One or Sky Two, together with highlights from the Awards ceremony.

For full details of the nominations, see Nominations announced for 2014 Student Television Awards

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

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