Talented student filmmakers receive film festival recognition

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student filmmakers produce film recognised by film festivals UCW

University Centre Weston (UCW) students are celebrating after their short film received recognition from a trio of film festivals.

The filmmakers collaborated to produce a film called Serpentine, which has been selected for screening at the Cornwall Film Festival and received a special mention at the English Riviera Film Festival.

The film tells the story of a Cornish fisherman who struggles to work after developing anxieties about the ocean, but who must face his fears and return to the sea as debts start to pile up after his wife becomes unwell.

It stars actors Emma Spurgin Hussey and Rory Wilton, who have appeared in television shows including the BBC’s Poldark and ITV’s Doc Martin.

Rory, who plays the main character, Tom Penhallow, has also been nominated for the best actor prize in the Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards – a US-based competition for independent films.

Serpentine was written and produced by students studying Film and Media Arts Production at UCW.

Each student took on roles relating to their career ambitions, with the film shot on location in Coverack, Cornwall, in February and edited at UCW’s Loxton Campus for the creative arts earlier this year.

Grace Fox, who directed the film and is now studying Lens-based Media at UCW, said: “Serpentine really opened my eyes to the world of filmmaking and has ignited my passion for directing.

“Entering film festivals was something I knew I always wanted to do with this project, especially as the film included two professional actors, who, as well as myself and my crew, were so dedicated to the film throughout its production.

“To begin to get some recognition at festivals and for professionals to see the film is a really exciting feeling, and I’m looking forward to attending the Cornwall Film Festival in November and seeing what others think of Serpentine.”

The film and photography degrees at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.