UCLan film maker scoops first top national award

Winner: Lauren Clark .  Photo Richard Kendal/RTS
Winner: Lauren Clark . Photo Richard Kendal/RTS
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It may not be the BAFTAs but budding film- maker Lauren Clark is on top of the world after scooping a prestigious national prize.

The University of Central Lancashire graduate collected the Undergraduate Open Category prize at the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Student Television Awards.

I was really chuffed to make it to the national final so to come away with a lovely trophy is just fantastic

A former TV screenwriting scholar won the award with for her short film - LA Larry- about a man who brings his sunny Los Angeles disposition to the people and streets of Preston.

The 23-year-old pitched the idea, wrote the script and directed the action.

It was partly filmed in and around Preston city centre and on the terraced streets of Ashton, and in sunny California.

Lauren also won the RTS North West prize back in February.

She said: “I didn’t expect to win at all so I’m absolutely delighted and so very happy.

“I was really chuffed to make it to the national final so to come away with a lovely trophy is just fantastic.”

Lauren was among a small group of UCLan screenwriting students who visited America for a week as part of their studies.

She said: “It was my lecturers Bill McCoid and Sarah Evans that arranged the trip to LA where I made half of the film.

“It was all funded for by UCLan which was fantastic. I was lucky enough to go with an amazing bunch of people that worked really hard on all the films we made.”

Lauren, who was competing against two students, is no stranger to winning awards. Last year she won the UCLan Creative Focus Media Award for her work on LA Larry.

Judges said it was: “A wonderfully realised, well-executed submission.”