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Graduate wins prestigious television award

09 June 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Lauren Clark scoops Royal Television Award Undergraduate Open Category prize for her short film

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate is celebrating after winning a highly prestigious national media prize.

Film and TV screenwriting alumna Lauren Clark collected the Undergraduate Open Category prize at the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Student Television Awards on Friday.

The 23-year-old won 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 also won the RTS North West prize back in February, said: “I didn’t expect to win at all so I’m absolutely delighted and so very happy. I was really chuffed to make it to the national final so to come away with a lovely trophy is just fantastic.”

Commenting on Lauren’s work, the judging panel said it was: “A wonderfully realised, well-executed submission with a feel good visual identity all of its own. The judges were impressed with the seemingly effortless juxtapositioning of two worlds and the pacey synching of images and music.”

The awards, in their 20th year, celebrated the most outstanding student television work produced during the 2013/2014 academic year. 

“I didn’t expect to win at all so I’m absolutely delighted and so very happy. I was really chuffed to make it to the national final so to come away with a lovely trophy is just fantastic.”

The Salford resident was among a small group of UCLan screenwriting students who visited America for a week as part of their studies. She 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 fantastic. I was lucky enough to go with an amazing bunch of people that worked really hard on all the films we made.”

Lauren, who was competing against two students, is not a stranger to winning awards. In 2014 she won the UCLan Creative Focus Media Award for her work on LA Larry.

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 were announced at a ceremony, hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan, at the BFI Southbank, in London.

Watch Lauren’s winning work.