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Students’ film nominated for Royal Television Society award

TV Production students’ final year project ‘Not Enough Fish’ has been shortlisted for the prestigious RTS Student Television Award. Television Production students from Middlesex won the Best Drama Award in 2013

A screen still from the documentary Not Enough FishFive Middlesex University TV Production graduates are celebrating after their documentary was nominated for the Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Awards.

Not Enough Fish documents the daily struggles faced by an independent fisherman in the face of strict fishing quotas. It was made by Garreth Cook, Liam Joyce, Raimy Little, Dale Gillett and Danny Kasirye as their final year project.

The quintet, who all graduated in July 2015, must now wait until February 2016 to find out if they have won the Cinematography Award in the Technical Category.

"It is a surprise and quite shocking. To be nominated for an RTS Award is amazing, it's the best of the best when coming out of a TV degree," said Garreth, the film's editor and co-producer.

"I'm very proud of myself and the rest of the team for pulling together," added director and fellow co-producer Liam. "It was a struggle at times, but this has made it all worthwhile."

The team raised £900 through Kickstarter to fund the film and spent the third year of their degrees working on the project. They even had to go on a sea survival course so they could film on the fishing trawler.

"We got a lot of good feedback from our tutors and they gave us a lot of support," said Garreth.

Following their nomination, the team hope their film will be seen by industry professionals and in turn get shown at more film festivals.

"Obviously we'd like to win it," said Liam. "But even if we don't win, the networking opportunities when we're at the awards ceremony will be great."

Two students undergoing sea survival training

The annual RTS Student Television Awards recognise the best of student filmmaking in the UK and recent winners include Middlesex student Alicia Rovira-Parker.

"The RTS Student Television Awards are an important showcase of the extraordinary talent coming out of our universities today," said Stuart Murphy, Chair of the RTS Student Television Awards and Director, Sky Entertainment Channels.

"These students will be the future of broadcasting and it is important to recognise and support them."

Since graduating, Raimy has begun work with TV documentary company Sundog Pictures and Liam has won a six-month paid internship at Red Bull Media House in Austria.

Garreth is now a Post-Production Technician in the University's Media Department, and Dale is working as Content Producer for the Migrant Offshore Aid Station in Malta.

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