Added 9th March 2015
The fourth Stroud Community TV Awards at The Crown and Sceptre had no red carpet on 9th March but was full of local film makers and those interested in seeing award-winning local films.
The Awards were announced by various local people including Horsley Film maker Pip Heywood, Deputy Mayor John Marjoram, Emma James from The Cotswold Film and Location Office in Slad and Archie Cox, 16, who
played the teenager Laurie Lee in the BBC Cider With Rosie film. Winners were presented with certificates and the ‘Oscats’ – Stroud’s version of the Oscar – the Stroud Community TV ‘cat on a TV logo’ cast in concrete and painted gold by local artist Russ!
Amongst the sixteen films shown during the evening, were films about Bubbly football, autism, a Stroud choir, therapeutic arts, a youth theatre group filmed at a Merrywalks bus stop, measures to reduce flooding, a mobile loo, four music videos and how to be deaf aware. There was also a showreel from ventriloquist Kieran Powell who turned up to collect his award for Best Business film with a ‘friend’ after just getting home from a gig in Singapore. Fifteen film makers spoke during the evening to share more information about their films, while actor Archie Cox, answered questions about his role in Cider with Rosie and confessed he hadn’t realised he was even auditioning for the main role until he was in the final three! Local playwright and performer, Swithin Fry was a runner-up in his film, ‘Dear Tim’, about Ohio Death Row inmate Tim Coleman and gave an update on the hopes to secure retrial.
Philip Booth, who organised the event and compered the evening, said: “It was quite moving to see such a range of films and realise that we are part of such a wonderful creative and diverse community. There were laughs, learning and more as we watched the series of films and heard from film makers.”
Steve Hurrell, who helped organise the event added: “All the films have a connection to Stroud, were nominated by the public and then voted for by a panel of local judges that include a BAFTA nominee, the previous head of a college media department, a BBC producer and local people with enthusiasm and interest in film.”
Links to the winners are below and links to nominations, judges and details of films are at:
Big thanks to Steve Hurrell for all the technical stuff on the evening, to Rodda at The Crown and Sceptre for equipment and space, to Stroud Film Festival for publicity and to artist ‘Russ’ for our cat and tv cartoons and the Oscats! Plus big thanks to James Banks for photographs on the Awards evening; you can see his website full of great photos here.
Meanwhile don’t forget the Stroud Film Festival continues until 20th March: http://www.stroudfilmfestival.co.uk/
Best Local film
‘Autos’: a film by Callum Bonner of Nailsworth looking at the feelings and difficulties of being on the Autistic Spectrum and how it can be overcome. Callum wrote of the film: ‘At the time of making this I developed a fascination and hobby for photographing and filming different forms of reflections. I used this method to create a film in order to use the reflections as a visual metaphor for talking about one’s self.’ See: http://stroudcommunity.tv/autos/
Best Campaign film
‘Dave The Signer’ by Reg Cobb, Ceilidh-Jo Rowe, Hannah Ede and James Banks for GDA. Reg Cobb said; “Booking a fully qualified British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter is imperative in certain situations – financial in particular. Without a qualified BSL interpreter vital communication can be missed and a deaf person left bewildered and confused as to the best options available to them are. Deaf people want to be independent and take control of their own lives, having a BSL interpreter at appointments is just one way that their independence can be achieved. We hope our series of Deaf awareness films, including ‘Dave the Signer’ encourage more organisations to make their services more accessible for Deaf people. The response to the films has been fantastic and this award is the cherry on top of a very big cake”. See: http://stroudcommunity.tv/more-deaf-aware1/
Best Stroud Music film
Hattie Briggs with Tilly’s Song – the award was a hat-trick for Hattie who has been three times winner of Best Music Film with Stroud Community TV: http://stroudcommunity.tv/hattie-briggs-tillys/
Best Community Event film
Sleeping out in Stroud. Film by Rob Evans with OPENhouse and Marah. See: http://stroudcommunity.tv/rough-traders/
Best Local Business film
Kieran Powell ‘Ventriloquist Showreel 2015’: http://stroudcommunity.tv/ventriloquist-2015/
Best Community project film
‘Walled Garden at the Museum in the Park’ by Nikki Simpson with Stroud Valleys Project and The Museum in the Park – see picture left of Clare, Ann and Katherine picking up the Award: http://stroudcommunity.tv/the-walled-garden-at-the-museum-in-the-park-stroud/
Best ‘Green’ film
A film about Rural Sustainable Drainage. Chris Uttley, the Rural SuDS Project Officer at Stroud District council who commissioned the film was able to share how the film came about and answer questions about how well the measures are working to reduce flooding in the Frome catchment: http://stroudcommunity.tv/rural-sustainable-drainage/
Three music videos had received a similar numbers of nominations by the public; Ryan Devine, Sophronie and Clear Conscience. The three films were shown during the evening and the audience at The Crown and Sceptre asked to vote on their favourite to gain the Audience Award. Sophronie with Eyes Wide made with Ragged Moon Studios in Stroud was the winner: http://stroudcommunity.tv/sophronie-eyes-wide/