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Television production students awarded Best Factual Film at the 2022 Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Awards.

10th May 2022
TV, film, media production and technology

Recent TV graduates from Solent University, Southampton, have scooped the award for ‘Best Factual Film’ at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Southern Student Awards with their final major project On Board DH23 - a documentary about life as fisherman at sea.

The film was the final major project at University of Cameron Tait, Kiran Wallace, Teddy Howes and Belinda Villa Rodriguez from the BA (Hons) Television Production and BA (Hons) Post Production for Film and TV courses, before they graduated last summer.

On winning the award, Teddy Howes, from Hertfordshire says: “It took a lot of time, effort, and sleepless nights to put a project like this together but when you get outcomes like this, it is all worth it.”

The 22-year-old, who was the film’s producer, continues: “To be able to gain exclusive access to these fishermen's lives resulted in an incredible few days for the team, as we got to really understand what these people go through daily. This would not have been possible without the help of Mark Richard Durrans (Cam's uncle) who unfortunately passed away during the making of this documentary. We would like to dedicate this documentary to him.”

Teddy, who runs his own music video production company since graduating, gave a shout out to their lecturer, “We would like to say a big thank you to Kate O'Driscoll, who put countless hours into our team and personal growth. This documentary wouldn't have been possible without her.”

Kieron Butler, Course Leader in Television Production and Post Production Degrees says: “We’re really proud of our students and their big win at the Royal Television Society Awards. The RTS continue to be a fantastic support to our students, hosting careers fairs, events and opportunities. While this is not the first time our students have been recognised by the RTS Awards, this year feels particularly special as these students had the added challenge of completing their film during lockdown. Their resilience, creativity and success are an inspiration.”

The moment of their big win can be seen here at the 53m36s mark, and you can view their film here: