THE Royal Television Society has short-listed the work of a Dunloy media student in its forthcoming awards.
Just last week, we reported how NRC Ballymoney campus media student Nicola Clyde had her dramatic film on date rape and suicide short-listed in the prestigious awards.
Now, it has emerged that another NRC trainee, Rosie McNamee has had a documentary short-listed in that category of the RTS awards.
Dunloy student Rosie who graduated from NRC last year and is now studying media production at Ravensbourne College in London spoke to the Times this week to express her surprise and delight.
“The 30 minute documentary started as an assignment when I was at NRC,” said Rosie who studied for a Diploma in Creative Media Production during her time at the Ballymoney campus.
“It could be based on a topic of my choosing so I decided I wanted to make the documentary around something very personal.
“That’s when I decided to make the film about my sister Aine and her baby Carly and to look at teenage pregnancy from a different angle.
“I wanted to show the difference Carly had made to us since she came into our lives.”
Rosie paid tribute to her sister and her whole family circle for agreeing to participate in the documentary.
“Sometimes in some families a teenage pregnancy can be a touchy subject, but my sister just said she wanted to help me and the whole family was very welcoming to the idea.
“There’s nothing fancy in this documentary. It’s just me and the camera. I filmed and edited it all by myself.”
Rosie submitted her documentary assignemnt to tutor Stephen Price who said that he felt “that there was something in this documentary”.
He persuaded Rosie to enter the film to the Royal Television Society judging panel and, just last week, the rang the 18-year-old Dunloy girl to inform her that she had been shortlisted.
“I wasn’t expecting this at all so I’m trying now to get organised to get to Dublin for the awards.
“It’s a great start to what I hope will be a career in TV production in the media. It’s certainly good to put on the CV,” added Rosie.
The awards will be held in Dublin later this month. Good luck to the Ballymoney NRC media student contenders!