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Film Studies and Media Studies students honoured at glamorous awards evening

Xaverian College held its highly-anticipated annual Film Studies and Media Studies Awards Evening on Friday 7th June, honouring the outstanding achievements and creativity of its talented students. The glamorous event brought students and teachers together to celebrate the College’s young filmmakers and media enthusiasts.

The Awards Evening was the culmination of two-years of hard work and dedication by students studying A Level Film Studies or Media Studies, courses that have long been known for nurturing aspiring Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Producers, Directors, and media professionals, offering a comprehensive education that combines practical experience with theoretical knowledge.

One of the standout moments of the evening was the screening of students’ work, which highlighted their excellent storytelling skills, technical finesse, and unique perspectives on a range of themes. From thought-provoking social commentaries to gripping narratives, the work showcased a diverse range of cinematic styles and genres.

Speaking about the Awards Evening, Phil Drinkwater, Curriculum Leader – Film Studies, expressed his pride in the students’ accomplishments and the dedication of the department. He said: “This evening was a chance to celebrate not just the hard work and creativity of our students, but also the time they have spent together here at Xaverian. We are so excited to see what comes next for everyone here.”

Film Studies Awards:

  • Best Cinematography – Evie Partridge
  • Best Concept – Aoife Duffy
  • Best Director – Evie Keller
  • Best Editing – Stan Oram
  • Best Film – Hamnah Hafeez
  • Best Performance – Luna Reid
  • Best Screenplay – Kiki Henry
  • Best Sound Design – Katerina O’Toole
  • Cahiers du Cinéma – Amber Kennedy
  • The Derek Smalls – Joey Roberts
  • The Theo Deslandes – Joe Foster
  • The Uber Geek – Sam Clode-Round

Media Studies Awards:

  • Best Cinematography – Thomas Leese
  • Best Design Print – Oskar Latko
  • Best Editing – Eva Murdoch
  • Best Magazine – Kyle Roczniak
  • Best Mise en Scene in Video – Emmalise Barrett
  • Best Mise en Scene Print – Mia Buller
  • Best Music Video – Tilly Wolfendale
  • Best Narrative – Putri Aisyah
  • Best Photography – Loueeza Haroon
  • Best Representation – Holly Beardall and Jim Cross
  • Most Scholarly – Hannah O’Malley and Lucy Scott
  • Ryan Colbert Award – Sabeena Prayag

Aoife Duffy, former Loreto High School pupil, has just completed her A Levels in English Literature, Film Studies and Politics. Commenting on her experience in Film Studies, Aoife said: “Our brief was to make a film on a certain genre and I chose to do mine on horror. The film I made was inspired by German expressionism and it was set in the future. I couldn’t think of a title for my film, so I used the song that I used throughout the film as the title, which is called Summertime. I was proud of the film I’d made as you don’t understand how much work actually goes into making a film until you do it, not only location, shooting and directing, but also editing.

“I’m split between Film Studies and English Literature as my favourite subjects at Xaverian, so much so that I’m going on to study English Literature and Film Studies as a combined degree at The University of Manchester. This is ideal for me as I would like to do something creative in literature or working behind-the-scenes on film sets in the film industry, both of which I am passionate about.”

Kyle Roczniak, who has his sights set on a career as a Multimedia Journalist in the Music Industry, studied A Levels in Media Studies and Music and a BTEC in Music Technology. He added: “The main reason I chose Xaverian was the creative appeal of the Media Studies and Music courses. I knew I would be in an environment where I would meet lots of likeminded students whilst having access to amazing facilities and equipment.

“My favourite subject has been Media Studies! As part of my coursework, I was able to create a music video and a magazine, both of which are tailored towards my interests outside of College. Our classroom was a safe space to share thoughts and opinions and we covered such a variety of exciting topics.

“Looking back on the two-years of hard work I feel really proud of everything I have achieved!”

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