South Molton Student Takes Top Award at National Film Awards
PUBLISHED: 10:38 15 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:21 20 February 2013
At a star studded evening at Cardiff's Millennium Centre, South Molton girl Stephanie Doel, became the only person from her University to secure a prestigious It's My Shout award, for young up and coming talent in the film industry in Wales.
At a star studded evening at Cardiffs Millennium Centre, South Molton girl Stephanie Doel, became the only person from her University to secure a prestigious Its My Shout award, for young up and coming talent in the film industry in Wales.
Stephanie, who is now in her second year at Cardiff University studying Costume Design, received the award for her work on the wardrobe of Fetch, one of six short films made on location in Wales during this summer. Stephanie was previously a pupil at West Buckland School and later attended Petrocs Barnstaple campus, where she first studied costume design. Nearly one thousand young people were involved in the 2012 Its My Shout initiative, so to secure an award was no mean feat for Stephanie.
A host of famous names stepped out on the red carpet at the Awards, including Charles Dale, Suzanne Packer, Richard Elis, and Celebrity Big Brother winner Alex Reid, who also starred in one of the six films. Roger Burnell was himself awarded a BAFTA Cymru award on the same night for his contribution to developing creative talent.
Stephanie said of the evening: It was amazing to be nominated for this award and to win it was even better! Collecting the award in front of 2,000 people in such a fabulous venue was a bit daunting but a great experience. I really enjoyed working on the costumes for the films and we learnt so much in such a short space of time. I am very grateful to the Its My Shout scheme for giving me this opportunity.
Its My Shout, is a training scheme for young film-making talent. It was founded by former Porthcawl Comprehensive School drama teacher Roger Burnell whose ex-pupils include Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon. In an interview with The Times, Brydon said of Roger: I wasnt bothered when other teachers shouted at me, because I knew my future career would not depend on me having O-level geography, but with him it was crushing, as his respect meant the world to me.
Its My Shout is supported by BBC Wales, and all six films from 2012 will be broadcast during November and December, alongside a 30 minute behind-the-scenes documentary. Fetch can be seen on Thursday 13th Dec at 11.20pm, on BBC 2 Wales on BBC iPlayer. Previous award-winning films have been shown across the world on; ITV Wales, S4C, Channel 4, The Euro Channel, on BBC Big Screens (across all the major UK Cities), at Glastonbury Festival (as part of a specialist short film screening), and at Film Festivals around the globe.