UCW filmmaker counting her successes ahead of premiere

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A talented University Centre Weston (UCW) student is celebrating a number of successes as she puts the finishing touches to her latest short film.

Grace Fox is about to finish thriller Among Us, and has also received plaudits at ten film festivals for Serpentine – which she directed and co-wrote with her peers on her course last year.

Serpentine was screened and nominated for awards at the Cornwall Film Festival and Two Short Nights Film Festival, and it also received a special mention at the English Riviera Film Festival.

It tells the story of a Cornish fisherman who struggles to work after developing anxieties about the ocean, and stars Emma Spurgin Hussey and Rory Wilton, who have appeared in television shows including the BBC’s Poldark and ITV’s Doc Martin.

Grace secured their services after she approached Rory with a brief synopsis of the project on Twitter and persuaded him to take part.

Grace returned to Cornwall earlier this year and recast Rory and Emma in Among Us, with her numerous achievements then recognised at the recent UCW Awards 2019, where she won the Student Success of the Year prize.

Among Us will have its public premiere at the UCW Film Showcase at Weston Cineworld on Monday 20th May alongside other short films made by UCW Film and Media Arts Production and Lens-based Media degree students.

She said: “The films I make now, I want to count, so it is great that Serpentine has done so well at the festivals.

“The success has just made me want to keep going and carry on making films that I am proud of.

“I couldn’t stop smiling when I won at the UCW Awards!

“It was an amazing feeling, and I’m not sure I could’ve achieved so much if I had gone anywhere else as the tutors have helped me so much and we have so much access to equipment.

“I’m really looking forward to screening Among Us for the first time in Weston.”

The 22-year-old has also achieved mass appeal alongside critical acclaim, with the first film she made – a mockumentary called The Hum – having already been watched 1.8 million times on YouTube.

Grace will soon graduate from UCW and intends to apply to the British Film Institute for funding for her next film project, and is also contemplating postgraduate study.

The degrees in Film and Media Arts Production and Lens-based Media at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.