Recent graduates from BU’s TV production course had their work recognised at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards.
Several 2014 graduates from the BA (Hons) Television Production course were shortlisted in the student categories at the RTS Southern Centre Awards, which celebrate the best of broadcast talent across the region.
Katy Davis won the Best Student Factual category for her documentary It’s Just Play, which explored the world of fetish and S&M.
Katy, who now works as a researcher, said: “It was amazing. I had seen some of the others in my category and it was great just to be nominated, let alone win.
“I created It’s Just Play as I’m intrigued by those documentaries that are controversial and about subjects and people that you wouldn’t otherwise know about.”
She collected her award along with fellow BU graduates Evie Baudains and Debbie Phillips, who helped her create the documentary alongside Barney Leigh, Laura Allen and Augusta Quaynor.
Katy added: “I’m so proud of the BU community, and the fact that we do as well as we do at these awards.
“You know you are going to a great university, but to win something is amazing.”
Scott Craig won the Student Open Category – open to any student feature under 3 minutes – for his film Justice, Inc, which follows a man who is forced to appear on a TV show to execute a convict.
Scott, who now works as a producer-director, said: “It felt really great to win – it’s nice to have your work acknowledged and recognised.
“The film raises a question on people’s minds regarding capital punishment, but also the whole question of portrayals of the public in the media and celebrities who have done nothing, which are both semi-relevant and maybe that is why they picked it as the winner.”
A number of other BU graduates were also shortlisted for the RTS Southern Awards, which took place at Winchester Guildhall.
They were Georgia Jasper in the Student Open Category, for her film Puppettears; Claire Buswell in the Student Comedy and Entertainment Category for her film Vicar of Nibbleswicke; Niels Wee in the Student Factual Category, for his film Soap; and Eve Buckley in the Student Drama Category, for her film Picking Daisies.
Nick Bamford, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Television Production at BU, said: “'My colleagues and I are thrilled, not just with the two well-deserved wins, but with all six nominations. This is a magnificent testament to the creativity, the dedication and the downright hard work of our third year students.
“They had to dream up, produce, fund and direct their own films entirely off their own bats, albeit with advice and support from us. Well done to them all!”