Salford student wins RTS North West award

Tuesday 22 November 2011
Royal Television Society North West award winner Amber Eames with (left) Matt Bell, the University of Salford’s Associate Head International for the School of Music, Media & Performance and Fraser Durie, School of Music, Media & Performance lecturer.
A film made by a student on the University of Salford’s MA course in Wildlife Documentary has won a prestigious Royal Television Society North West award presented at a special ceremony on Saturday at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel.

Where the Wild Things Were, a documentary on the wildlife found in Scotland’s forests and hills produced and directed by Amber Eames, won the Best Low Budget Programme award at the event. Part of the University’s Wildtrack series of wildlife documentaries shown on Channel M, the film was one of three awards entries from students on MA courses in TV and Wildlife Documentary.

MA student Matt Hamilton was shortlisted in the Best Factual Series category for Summer Secrets of the Itchen Navigation, also part of the Wildtrack series, while Now That You’re Gone, a personal and introspective film exploring perceptions of death in an Irish Catholic family, produced by Johan Jakobson and directed by Alan Dukes, was up for the Best Production (Craft) title.

John Sweeney, Manager of the University’s International Media Centre, said: “This award is a testament to the extremely high standard of programmes that our students are producing, particularly for Channel M. Wildtrack especially has consistently delivered professional quality programmes on low budgets and it is very rewarding when a prestigious organisation such as RTS acknowledges this quality.”

The MAs in Wildlife Documentary and Television Documentary are two of 39 programmes now taught at the University’s new MediaCityUK building. Over 1,500 students can now use cutting-edge audio, video and production facilities at the facility which opened last month.

(The image shows Royal Television Society North West winner Amber Eames with (left) Matt Bell, the University of Salford’s Associate Head International for the School of Music, Media & Performance and Fraser Durie, School of Music, Media & Performance lecturer.)