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‘Proper lovely’ film by Anglia Ruskin University student wins Sir Lenny Henry Award



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Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) student Lidia Bieniarz won the top prize – the Sir Lenny Henry Award – at the Royal Television Society’s Midlands Student Television Awards, for A Film About My Dad, a piece the actor and comedian described as “proper lovely”.

A screenshot from A Film About My Dad
A screenshot from A Film About My Dad

Lidia, a second year BA (Hons) film production student at ARU, received the award from Sir Lenny, and also collected the best Short Form film prize during the online RTS awards ceremony, sponsored by BBC Birmingham.

ARU student Lidia Bieniarz with her RTS Awards
ARU student Lidia Bieniarz with her RTS Awards

The films entered in this year’s competition were made under a backdrop of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, making the final work even more impressive.

Lidia said: “At first, having to drop all the plans I had made and instead spend the summer with my parents at home in rural Poland was rather disappointing. But then I started seeing the beauty in simple things, observing everyday activities, and noticing something that has always been right there, my dad, and this became my film.”

A screenshot from A Film About My Dad
A screenshot from A Film About My Dad

In awarding the top prize, Sir Lenny also described Lidia’s film as “really moving” as it captures the complex role of being a father.

ARU students Lidia Bieniarz and Agata Kazmierczak with their RTS Awards
ARU students Lidia Bieniarz and Agata Kazmierczak with their RTS Awards

Fellow ARU second year BA (Hons) film production student, Agata Kazmierczak, was also the recipient of an RTS award, winning the prize for editing, as well as being nominated in the Camera and Short Form film categories.

A screenshot from Colourblind
A screenshot from Colourblind

Agata’s film Colourblind is a short documentary that explores colour sight issues, and it was also shaped by the lockdown. Agata took advantage of our new enthusiasm for connecting with each other virtually and tapped into an international community of people with colour sight variations.

She recorded audio interviews with contributors from all over the world and combined these with images captured close to home.

A screenshot from Colourblind
A screenshot from Colourblind

Sophie Jackson, course leader and senior lecturer in film production at ARU, said: “Rather than being defeated by the lockdown, our students found ways of making the most of our new circumstances. Both Lidia and Agata have created really special films, not in spite of Covid-19 restrictions, but because of them.”

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