6th October 2006


Two final year student projects from the University of Lincoln’s Media Production course have received nominations for the 2006 Royal Television Society’s student awards.


The two Lincoln nominees, produced by 2006 graduates, are both in the drama department; one is a video production called The Hill, the other titled Ben, is a TV Studio production.


Directed and edited by James Bartlett, The Hill is an innovative working of a familiar story, which employs challenging techniques to give a very stylised black and white piece with a dark soundtrack.


The production, which contains inter-textual references to fairy tale, gothic and silent film genres earned Bartlett, his co-director Craig Reeves, and co-producers Lydia Jones and Susan Wood first class honours.


Produced by Helen Bower, Tracey Hedges, Lee Lester, Jessica Newton and Joanna Strachan, Ben follows the curious journey of a fifteen year-old boy with everything to live for.


However Ben’s increasingly vivid dreams begin intruding into his daily life, separating him from reality. With the help of his teacher and his mother Ben starts to learn about his problems and what’s causing them.


Christine Bellamy, co-ordinator of last year’s project unit was full of praise for the nominees: “These students fully deserve their nomination.


“They worked very hard on their projects employing challenging, innovative ideas and creative techniques which is just the sort of thing the RTS judges are looking for.


“It’s just a pity that the nominees are competing in the same category as both would be worthy winners”.


The nominations are not without precedent; last year, Lincoln media student Neil Baker won the RTS Regional Student Award with his animation Screen Culture.


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