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WINNER: The State of Greenock
Gavin Grant, David Newman, Pamela Barnes
University of the West of Scotland
UWS MA Creative Media Practice student work has won a BAFTA New Talent Award.

The film, ‘The State of Greenock’, was developed by Gavin Grant, David Newman and Pamela Barnes as part of their MA Creative Media Practice course work last year. Both Gavin and Pamela graduated from the programme in November, whilst David continues on the programme on a part-time basis.

The BAFTA New Talent Awards, took place on Thursday 21 March at Glasgow’s Òran Mór, to recognise and reward outstanding new practitioners in Scotland’s moving image industries.

MA Creative Media Practice student Gavin Grant said: “We’re all very proud that The State of Greenock has won the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award. The news has come at an exciting time as we have just started filming a follow-up web series, which will pick up where the film left off.”

Anne Gifford, Head of the School of Creative and Cultural Industries, said: “This is fantastic news. The MA Creative Media Practice degree was newly launched in 2010 and already our students are making an impact on Scotland’s film and TV production.”

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 Scottish actress Blythe Duff recently visited Contemporary Screen Acting students at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and took  part in the ongoing StudioLab collaboration project.

Blythe was visiting the studios to record excerpts of Scottish Poetry which will soon be seen on the Infinite Scotland website. Blythe then followed her recording session with a Question and Answer session chaired by UWS Student Natalie Smith, where she answered student  queries on the subject of contemporary screen acting. The entire process was recorded by UWS students and will be edited by the UWS technical team of   Jamie Hare and Keith Bird  and placed online soon.


Blythe Duff with UWS Filmmaking student Elsi Vehkaniemi.

Blythe said: “I had a fantastic time with the students at UWS. I had no idea that the studio facilities at UWS Ayr were so advanced.The whole StudioLab project where students collaborate with one another across programmes is exactly what the professional business is really like.  I will definitely be back in the future to see how their work is progressing   and wish them all the very best ”

The University’s BA (Hons) Performance, BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting and BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programmes were among the first in the UK to achieve Drama UK Recognition – a New Level of Quality Assurance for Drama Training Providers. This recognition  offers students and their future employers assurance that a course with this award has been through a rigorous assessment including a visit from a panel of industry experts to ensure that it delivers what it promises and provides a real benefit to the industry.

Tutors at UWS are committed to giving students an authentic experience of the contemporary creative industries practice, and structured workshops and visits by practitioners such as Blythe Duff are an essential part of that process.

For more information on Contemporaray Screen Acting at UWS, please click here.


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