TV Production students at Middlesex University have picked up a prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Award, winning the Craft Skills: Camera category at the 2016 ceremony at London’s ITV Studios.
Documentary Not Enough Fish was made by Garreth Cook, Liam Joyce, Raimy Little, Dale Gillett Danny Kasirye as their final year BA Television Production degree project and follows a day in the life of a fishing family struggling to make ends meet.
With Danny as cameraman the team researched, produced, directed, filmed and edited the documentary during the third year of their degree.
It is the second time students from the Media Department at Middlesex have won an RTS Award and the third time a team have been nominated. In 2014, TV Production student Alicia Rovira-Parker won the fiction category.
“It’s a great honour to have won and a fantastic feeling to know that a panel of industry professionals see enough quality in what we produced to honour us with this award,” says Garreth, who edited and co-produced the film.
"The RTS Award is a huge tribute to the craft skills of the students,” adds Paul Kerr, Director of Programmes for Creative Production Industries. “It highlights the second-to-none technical equipment and facilities on the Television Production degree as well as the technical and academic tuition.”
The quintet graduated in July 2015 and Lecturer Tom McGorrian, who acted as the group’s Executive Producer, believes their experience making Not Enough Fish is already benefiting their careers.
“The film has no doubt helped the team secure that all important first step onto the TV career ladder, with reputable production companies such as Red Bull Media House and Sundog Pictures,” he says.
Since graduating Garreth has been employed as a Post-Production Technician in the University's Media Department while Dale is working as Content Producer for the Migrant Offshore Aid Station in Malta. Raimy now works for documentary outfit Sundog and Liam has joined Red Bull.
“Even though we are all happily employed at the moment, this award will hopefully make us stand out when pursuing that next job or promotion,” adds Garreth.
Not Enough Fish also won Third Place in Documentary Category at Ffwrnes Ffilm Ffest 2015 in Wales and was selected for the Los Angeles Cinefest and the Monthly Film Festival.