Stirling scoops factual film award

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Film and media students Jamie Sutherland, Kate Galbraith, Sean Hayman and Calum McIntosh collect their prize for Best Factual Film (credit Paul Reich)

University of Stirling students scooped the prize for Best Factual Film at The Royal Television Society Scotland’s annual Student Television Awards. 

The awards, held at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, celebrate the best in student television from across Scotland.

Highly commended

Stirling film and media students Jamie Sutherland, Kate Galbraith, Calum McIntosh and Sean Hayman were recognised for their film The Cornerman.

The jury was impressed by the well shot, professionally produced film about legendary Coatbridge boxing coach Rab Bannan. The team were commended for a piece that was enjoyable to watch and utilised good access to interesting interviewees.

Calum McIntosh said: "We are honoured by our win at the Royal Television Society awards and would like to thank the production staff at the University of Stirling for all their help and support in making this documentary.

“The Cornerman is not just our story to tell – all of Barn Boxing Club can be proud of it. It’s a testament to the incredible selflessness and humility of Rab Bannan, and the dedication of those who give their time to the Barn.”

Film talent

Ups and Downs, by students Jemma Campbell, Laura Beaton, Gemma Miller and Andrea Linhova, was also nominated in the same category.

Dario Sinforiani, Head of Production Teaching at the University, said: 'We’re delighted that to see another group of Stirling production students win at The Royal Television Society Awards.

“The success they have enjoyed demonstrates their commitment and talent to The Cornerman. I'm very proud of the students and the staff who guided them through the process."

Documentaries from Stirling production students also won the Best Factual Film award in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and The Cornerman was recognised at the 2016 Scottish Student Journalism Awards.

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