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UCLan graduate nominated for Royal Television Society award

26 May 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Lauren Clark on undergraduate open category shortlist for LA Larry short film

Pic (c): Claire Harrison

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate has been nominated for a national student media prize.

Lauren Clark, a film and TV screenwriting alumna, has made the Undergraduate Open category shortlist of the Royal Television Society’s Student Television Awards.

The 23-year-old has been selected for her short film entitled ‘LA Larry’ which is about a man who brings his sunny Los Angeles disposition to the people and streets of Preston. She pitched the idea, wrote the script and directed the action.

Lauren, who won the North West prize in February, said: “I was very surprised when I found out I’d been shortlisted for the national prize. I was very happy to make it on to the North West list and to win that was fantastic so this is brilliant. I’m really excited to go to London to see the other nominees’ films.”

The 20th Student Television Awards celebrate the most outstanding student television work produced during the 2013/2014 academic year.

“I was very surprised when I found out I’d been shortlisted for the national prize. I was very happy to make it on to the North West list and to win that was fantastic so this is brilliant.”

Lauren, who lives in Salford, said: “It was my lecturers Bill McCoid and Sarah Evans that arranged the trip to LA where I made half of the film. It was all funded for by UCLan which was a fantastic opportunity. I was lucky enough to go with an amazing bunch of people that worked really hard on all the films we made.”

The judges of the North West award chose LA Larry because “felt it was humorous, had good characters that contrasted Preston with the sunshine of LA”. She is up against two other people for the highly prestigious industry prize.

She currently works for the charity Care2Save and is one of the writers and project coordinators of the Blackout Project team, which is a feature film set to be made in Preston this summer.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan, on 5 June at the BFI Southbank, in London. This year, for the first time, the nominated films will be transmitted by Sky, together with highlights from the Awards ceremony.

Watch Lauren's film.