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UCA Farnham students enjoy night of success at Royal Television Society Awards

It was a successful night at the Royal Television Society Southern Student Awards for UCA, with BA (Hons) Film Production students claiming the top prizes in two of the awards’ five categories.

The winning films, Cold Feet, which received the highest accolade in the Comedy & Entertainment category, and Morris by Himself, which was named the winner of the Short Feature category, were announced at a ceremony at The Guild Hall in Winchester.

Theo Ashley-Brian, screenwriter for Cold Feet, said: “The film was really just a small comedic exploration of normal people reacting to an abnormal, albeit sinister, situation.

“The team was fantastic; the actors were great and somehow we managed to pull off an outdoor shoot in November with little experience or weather guarantees.

“I think what stood out for the project is its tight focus on a singular event. Keeping the scope simpler allowed us to really hone in on what we wanted to bring out in the film. Other than that, I think its success was enabled by the stellar performances from both Mark and Brian whose great chemistry really allowed some of the more comedic beats to flourish.”

Ryan Morris, who created Morris by Himself, which focuses on his relationship with his father, explained his unique production process for the film. “I kept all my cards to myself. I didn't even let the camera man know what was going until we did our first take. I wanted to orchestrate a tornado and catch it on camera, so a lot of it was left until the last minute simply because I thought it would be more organic to do so.”

In addition to the success of Cold Feet and Morris by Himself, two other UCA films were shortlisted in the awards. Elegy for the Working Man was nominated in the Factual category, while Dash Cam 9 was a finalist in the Short Feature category.

On what he’s working on now, Theo added: “At the moment, I have two UCA film projects which I wrote that are fast approaching completion. Swingers is a comedic tale of responsibilities, kidnapping and llamas, and Kevin, is a heartfelt short comedic film based on isolation, superstition and a piece of rather uncooperative linen.”