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30th April 2012, 9:51am
University film scoops award
Lord Robert Winston A film made by University of Lincoln academics has won a Special Jury award at the Learning on Screen Awards at BFI South Bank.

The awards are organised by the British University Film and Video Association to recognise audio visual across all platforms designed for educational purposes.  

Professor Brian Winston received the award for A Boatload of Wild Irishmen on behalf of the University, the LMDOC (the Irish production company) and Brightspark Productions (Lincoln) from Lord Robert Winston and and former Chief Executive at ITN, Professor Stewart Purvis.

Boatload is about father of the documentary Robert Flaherty and the judges praised it for its “unique and fresh use of archive material, much of which has never been seen before.”

Boatload was produced by Irish film-maker Mac Dara O’Curraidhin with the University’s Professor Brian Winston as its associate producer and writer. The film draws heavily on Professor Winston’s academic research into the documentary.

Other staff from the University’s Media, Humanities and Performance Faculty also worked on Boatload. Senior lecturer and former BBC editor Chris Hainstock was the film editor and Kay Marriott was its production manager, retracing Flaherty’s steps around the world – from the Arctic to Samoa.

Boatload has now been seen on television in Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Poland and at international film festivals in Galway, Brisbane, Cambridge, Seville, Montreal and New Zealand.

It has also been screened at Salford, Sussex, Concordia, York (Toronto), UEL, University of the Arts (London), St Xavier (Nova Scotia) and the Visible Evidence Conference in New York.

The film is being distributed by Icarus Films, New York.

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