Film Production graduate Nathan Glendinning has won the Student Undergraduate Award at the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) Learning on Screen Awards Ceremony which was held at the BFI Southbank on 28 April. Nathan's film Leon was selected as the winner from 44 outstanding submissions in 12 categories.
Nathan's film tells the story of Leon, a newly formed skinhead, who must make the decision between his sexuality or his current lifestyle. It was influenced by true events such as the New Cross Fire and the London riots in 1981.
"The film was shot on 16mm which only happened due to the training and guidance from the Film course at UCA. We are very grateful for the hard work and help the staff gave us to hone our skills - without it we wouldn't have created a piece to this standard," said Nathan. "We are overwhelmed, proud and grateful for the award. We never thought at the beginning of this project we would be celebrating this success of the film. It was great to see our work noted for its serious issues portrayed and opening more conversation in equality in sexuality."
Fellow UCA Film Production graduate Leah Revivo was also nominated for the same award for her film, Being Nice. Leah has had previous success with her film Valentines Park, which won a Royal Television Society Award this year.
Our Film School has a long history of producing talent for the film industry, with graduates including Hollywood director Gareth Edwards – who is currently working on the next film set in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One – and Hong Khaou, who was nominated for a 2015 Outstanding Debut BAFTA for his film Lilting.
You can find out more about the courses offered by UCA's Film School here.