Graduating students from BA (Hons) Television scooped all three nominations in the Entertainment category, while BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students and graduates claimed all three Drama nominations and one in Documentary.
Well over half of the guests at the awards dinner were from the University of Westminster!
Victoria Weatherall, James Smith and Daniel Kenneally’s mock-documentary ‘Me and My Life - 2 Years on’ won the Entertainment category, with the judges commenting that it was “a well cast, fun piece, using good characterisation and comic timing to great effect”. The programme was made as a collaboration between Victoria from the BA(Hons) Illustration course and James and Daniel, from Television.
The winning clip can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/vicschipsproductions
‘Tears of the Son’ was the winner in the Drama category, and was described by the judges as “A heart-warming comedy confronting terminal illness and death. It had a strong script, some genuinely funny lines, and tackled a very difficult subject.” The film was directed by Dean Threadgold, written by Tom Coldrick and produced by Emma Schofield, with a crew of 25 second and third year students. For director Dean Threadgold, it was third time lucky: “After the experience of being selected for the competition at the Munich International Festival and then coming second at the ‘Exposures’ Festival, it was fantastic to actually win this time!”.
Also nominated in the Drama category from Westminster were ‘Foxes in the Underground’ and ‘If Love is the Answer’. In the Documentary category ‘Bearsac’, produced by Krystian Jones, directed by Jonny Dickinson and edited by Daniel Davies was commended by the judges as “a sensitive and respectful study” of a woman with Asperger’s, who communicates with people through her teddy bear.
Also nominated from BA (Hons) Television were ‘OSTN: London Calling’ an exciting multi-camera music and entertainment event which showcased music talent from the University. The show was broadcast live in October 2008 to an audience in Cleveland, Ohio, involving a large crew and considerable cross-departmental working. The third nomination was ‘Mu:Zone 2009 - The Hammelburg Experience’ a documentary made in association with the University’s Commercial Music department about a 'Boot Camp' for musicians and music business students in Hammelburg, Germany. The panel commented that “Mu:Zone was a professionally produced factual entertainment piece and was both entertaining and enjoyable.”
Jane Thorburn, Course Leader for Television, commented that the three nominations in the Entertainment category represented a wide range of approaches, from the multi-camera studio show, to the documentary approach of 'Mu:Zone 2009 and, a truly funny programme, showcasing the amazing talent of a student in Illustration. “I am delighted how well our students have done and how the nominations reflect the range of work our students do,” she said.
Peter Hort, Course Leader BA Film and Television Production, added: “Not only was it a great night out for all the film makers, but the fact that Westminster secured seven nominations out of nine in the three categories we entered is a testament to the depth of talent amongst all our students.”