4th November 2014, 11:32am
Lincoln filmmakers celebrate award for social media satire
RTS Award winners A team of talented filmmakers from the University of Lincoln are in contention for a national Royal Television Society (RTS) Award after winning a regional title for their satirical review of society’s obsession with social media.

Facebook Anonymous is a ‘mockumentary’ that reveals the real dangers of Facebook addiction, and it was named as the winner in the Comedy and Entertainment category at the RTS Midlands Student Awards.

Produced by Thomas Mckie, Ashley Wilks, Luke Winter and Alexander Whitcombe while students in Lincoln’s School of Film & Media, the film was celebrated by RTS judges as “an outstanding entry”.

The prize was presented by BAFTA award-winning actress Vicky McClure, who starred in This is England, as well as television series Line of Duty and Broadchurch. As winners at the regional awards, the Lincoln team will go on to compete at the national RTS Awards in spring 2015.

The filmmakers, who graduated from the University earlier this year, now work together as Wall Breaker– an independent corporate video production company which has already been commissioned by national clients.

Ashley Wilks said: “We're absolutely thrilled about winning the award. We worked very hard on the film, spending over six months developing, shooting and editing it. We used professional actors and shot in numerous locations throughout the UK.”

The team also secured a nomination for their film, The Last Fisherman, in the Drama section, and a student from the University’s School of English & Journalism, Anna Paterson, was nominated in the Factual category for her documentary, Invincible.

The University of Lincoln has a history of success at the Midlands RTS Student Awards, an industry celebration of emerging media talent. This is the 12th year in succession that Lincoln students have been named as finalists, with the University winning at least one award each year bar one.

Chris Hainstock, Senior Lecturer at the Lincoln School of Film & Media, was the team’s tutor. He said: “They had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I saw the finished cut. I think the RTS jury believed Facebook Anonymous accurately utilised all the factual film making techniques and devices we are all familiar on network television, in a satirical and engaging way. The actors put in very convincing performances as real people and technically the film is almost flawless. It works on so many levels and could easily sit on a mainstream broadcast channel.”

Dr Sarah Barrow, Head of the Lincoln School of Film & Media, added: “We are delighted for the team and offer our many congratulations to all cast and crew. Facebook Anonymous is due to be released very soon, and we hope to welcome the team back to the University for a celebratory gala screening early next year. It is wonderful for current students to share in and be inspired by the success of our graduates in this way, and to benefit from their valuable advice and experience.”

For more information about Wall Breaker and the team’s productions, visit: www.wallbreaker.co.uk.
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