RTS Wales Student Television Awards 2017

RTS Wales Student Television Awards 2017

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By Tim Hartley,
Thursday, 13th April 2017

Lukas Burks and Sam Jordan-Richardson, two of the winners in the Craft Awards category

The University of South Wales had an outstanding night at the RTS Wales Student Awards, which were held this year as part of the Wales International Documentary Festival at the Blackwood Miners Institute.

USW won five awards: best Animation; Factual; Short Feature; Production Design; and Camerawork & Editing.  Aberystwyth and Trinity St David’s universities took the awards for Drama and for Comedy & Entertainment.

The chair of the Awards jury, Zoë Rushton, said: “We once again saw some excellent films.  The standard of production was as high as ever, and congratulations must go to all the students and their tutors”.

The Awards ceremony on the 7th April was hosted by the star of BBC One’s Line of Duty, Vicky McClure, and actor and producer Jonny Owen, who won a Welsh BAFTA for the documentary, The Aberfan Disaster.

The Wales Centre took part in a discussion on disability as part of the documentary festival.  Playwright Kaite O’Reilly told the session that disabled people had been demonised in fiction, from Shakespeare’s Richard III to Bond villains.  She said more opportunities must be found to portray disability on TV properly.

RTS Wales also joined the careers day, which gave the Centre the opportunity to introduce students from Bridgend and Merthyr colleges to the work of the Society.

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