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Inaugural Sir Lenny Henry Award presented as The Royal Television Society Midlands Announces its 2019 Student Awards Winners


01 March 2019

The University of Lincoln and the University of Derby led the way, each taking home four awards, with Staffordshire University and Birmingham City University students’ work also winning in the region.

For the first time this year Sir Lenny Henry endorsed a new award for the region, selecting his personal favourite from all the winners across the categories.

The inaugural Sir Lenny Henry Award presented to University of Derby students

The Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Midlands centre announced last night the winners of its 2019 Student Awards at a ceremony held at The Rep, Birmingham. The event was hosted by BBC Radio DJ Yasser, host of the Asian Network Drive show, and Official Chart. For the first time this year Sir Lenny Henry endorsed a new award for the region, selecting his personal favourite from all the winners across the categories.

Industry professionals from the region turned out to support the emerging talent, with the awards celebrating the best audiovisual work created by students at undergraduate and postgraduate level in 12 categories: Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News, Short Form, Production Design, Writing, Camera, Editing, and Sound. The event was supported by regional independent production houses including Second Home Studios, 7Wonder and Full Fat TV who will be offering mentoring and work experience to some of the winners.

The University of Lincoln and the University of Derby led the way, each taking home four awards, with Staffordshire University and Birmingham City University students’ work also winning in the region.

Caren Davies, Chair of RTS Midlands said “Our portfolio of awards continues to grow, and with the calibre of entries for the Student awards thriving we are delighted to celebrate the students’ achievements with a standalone event for the first time this year. It was a wonderful evening and in another first, Sir Lenny Henry put his name to an overall award too, which made the ceremony extra special. Congratulations to all the winners!”

Sir Lenny Henry added “Thank you for sending me these films to peruse, enjoy and in some cases spit out my tea with laughter. I was honoured to be allowed to watch the finished versions of each film. The hard work and perspiration that has gone into these little gems is very easy to see. The makers care about their films and filled each frame with emotion, enthusiasm and energy. I laughed a lot at the winning entry, but I was also moved by the other pieces - curious to know more, to find out more, to experience more of each story. Congratulations to all concerned.”

Please see below the full list of nominations and winners:

Animation

WINNER – ‘Papier’ – Natasha Ray, Charlie Bartlett (University of Lincoln)

‘Harlem Nocturne’ – Chad Clapson-Blake, William Healy, Conor Hunt, Jake Sanderson, Jack Spencer, William Dutton (University of Lincoln)

‘Uplifted’ - Amber Curling, Beth Stubbins, Ryan Williamson, Kirsty Proctor, Christopher Norvill (University of Lincoln)

Comedy & Entertainment

WINNER – ‘Meatball’ – Jack Barrie, Cal Brown, Charlotte Glasgow, Celine Woodburn, Ben Evans (University of Derby)

‘Car Boot Chris’ - Liam Young (Staffordshire University)
‘When the Bombs Came Down’ - Richard Gibbon, Claire Petty (Staffordshire University)

Drama

WINNER – ‘Writers Block’ - Sabrina Bal, Kristen Jennings, Joshua Rout, Kate Seeley, James Fuller, Natalie Afshin Ki, Gianni Basi (University of Derby)

‘Flintlock’ - Michael Strachan Brown, Jake Hatton, Stefanie Oswald, Nicola Cowley, Will Hounsell, Mark Atkinson, Ed Sargisson (University of Lincoln)

‘For My Girls ‘83’ - Soph Webberley (Staffordshire University)

Factual

WINNER – ‘Swan’s Signature’ - Joshua Timmins (University of Derby)

‘The Block’ – Callum Mitchell, Gus Ayling, Joel Bedworth, Lydia Nash, Robert Whittle, Benjamin Ridley Porteous-Butle (University of Lincoln)

‘Point of No Return’ - Cameron Walker (Nottingham Trent University)

News

WINNER – ‘Horse Racing Gender’s Divide: The Final Hurdle’ - Elliott Hawkins (University of Lincoln)

‘Is the Grass Always Greener?’ – James Williams (University of Lincoln)

‘My Cocaine Story’ - Alex Bridgewood (University of Derby)

Short Form

WINNER – ‘The 38 To Hackney’ - Jordan Tonge, Seb Shackel, Edward Walker, Alex De Jesus Egan (Staffordshire University)

‘Perfect Brothers’ – Claire Banks and Crew A (Staffordshire University)

‘Grimace’ - Jordan Tonge, Seb Shackel, Edward Walker (Staffordshire University)

Production Design

WINNER – ‘Flintlock’ - Michael Strachan Brown, Jake Hatton, Stefanie Oswald, Nicola Cowley, Will Hounsell, Mark Atkinson, Ed Sargisson (University of Lincoln)

‘Uplifted’ - Amber Curling, Beth Stubbins, Ryan Williamson, Kirsty Proctor, Christopher Norvill (University of Lincoln)
‘Gorge’ – Kaz Gee, Jayne Slater, Ed Radford, Josh McKeegan (University of Derby)

Writing

WINNER – ‘A Voice Not Mine’ - Amber Griffith (Birmingham City University)

‘Car Boot Chris’ – Liam Young (Staffordshire University)

‘Azadi’ - Alishah Ahmad (Birmingham City University)

Camera

WINNER – ‘The Block’- "Callum Mitchell, Gus Ayling, Joel Bedworth, Lydia Nash, Robert Whittle, Benjamin Ridley Porteous-Butley" (University of Lincoln)

‘Flintlock’ – Michael Strachan Brown, Jake Hatton, Stefanie Oswald, Nicola Cowley, Will Hounsell, Mark Atkinson, Ed Sargisson (University of Lincoln)

‘Swan’s Signature’ - Joshua Timmins (University of Derby)

Editing

WINNER – ‘For My Girls ‘83’ - Soph Webberley (Staffordshire University)

‘Twist Again’ – Carl Heffy (Staffordshire University)

‘Return of the Wolves’ - Georgina Tuffen, Shannon Devine, Ben Stockdale, George Rees Howard-Jones, James Powley, Ellie Ryell (University of Lincoln)

Sound

WINNER – ‘Twist Again’ - Carl Heffy (Staffordshire University)

‘Swan’s Signature’ – Joshua Timmins (University of Derby)

‘For My Girls ‘83’ - Soph Webberley (Staffordshire University)

The Sir Lenny Henry Award

WINNER – ‘Meatball’ - Jack Barrie, Cal Brown, Charlotte Glasgow, Celine Woodburn, Ben Evans (University of Derby)

‘Papier’ – Tabitha Lay, Emily Leaning, Katie Thomas, Natasha Ray, Charlie Bartlett (University of Lincoln)

’38 to Hackney’ - Jordan Tonge, Seb Shackel, Edward Walker, Alex De Jesus Egan (Staffordshire University)

Follow RTS Midlands on Twitter @rts_mids and on Facebook @RTSMidsCentre

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From glamorous award ceremonies to lively debates, the RTS embraces all aspects of television, and is open to anyone with an interest in the medium.

As an educational charity, we encourage and celebrate work in television and its related fields, from finding out how the nation’s favourite shows are made in our Anatomy of a Hit series, to celebrating burgeoning talent at our annual Student Awards.

The industry’s most talented individuals give us an insight into the work that goes into making cutting edge contemporary TV. From Government ministers and CEOs to workshops with great runners, our events look at every part of the business.

Our annual Television Journalism, Programme, Craft and Design and Student Awards, celebrate achievements across the broadcasting industry.

Education is key to what the RTS does. Each year, we offer Television Production and Technology bursaries to help those from less affluent backgrounds get a foothold in the industry and Masterclass sessions bring together students, academics and industry heads.

RTS Futures, which is aimed at those in their first two years of employment, organises an exciting roster of discussion, training and social occasions. Recent events have included workshops on learning to format shows and how to survive as a freelancer, and expert panels explaining how to be the best researcher and how to make it on-screen.

Each year global television leaders gather to discuss what the future holds for television at our London Conference or the RTS Cambridge Convention.

Alongside our engaged community of over 4,800 full members, the Society is supported by Britain and the world's biggest broadcasters, producers and consultants, including Principle Patrons BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky.

Originally founded as the Television Society in 1927, the Society was granted its Royal title in 1966 and HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of the RTS in 1997.

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