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17th September 2009, 9:43am
Marcella flying the flag for Lincoln at top awards
Still taken from The Lamb and Flag. (c) Nancy Roach A short film by a University of Lincoln lecturer is in contention for a Royal Television Society award.
The Lamb and Flag, written and directed by Media Production lecturer Marcella Forster, has been shortlisted for the Best New Talent prize in the RTS Midlands Awards.

The film is set in a rough British pub on the night of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, when a pub landlord struggles to control the increasingly drunk customers. As he tries to prevent them from trespassing on his private property and seizing his son, he relives the nightmare of abandoning his men to Communist troops during the Korean War. In the end he must decide whether to protect his boy or whether to throw him into the lions' den.

The nine-minute short was shot in Lincoln Liberal Club, with staff and students from the University of Lincoln volunteering their services for the production.

The crew included five third-year BA Media Production students, who worked as runners and boom operators. Six university lecturers – five from Media Production and one from Performing Arts –offered their expertise in production, cinematography, stills photography, choreography and editing.

Marcella said: “It’s wonderful that there is such a strong pool of talent at the Lincoln School of Media and to have this recognised in an award nomination. The shoot was challenging on many levels, and being shortlisted is a testament to the professionalism and skill of all those involved in making the film, including the actors, who are all based in Lincoln. “

Marcella’s previous short film, Daddy’s Girl, won the title of Best UK Short at the 2009 British Film Festival Los Angeles earlier this year.

The RTS Midlands Awards ceremony is on Thursday 29 October at Birmingham Town Hall, hosted by television news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

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