Former student of Royal Holloway, Richard Turley, has been nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award for a BBC factual drama, which was filmed at our very own Students’ Union. BAFTA Children’s Awards are awarded annually to productions, which are aimed at children.
The dramatised documentary, that is nominated under the category for ‘Children’s Factual’ aired on BBC One, Two and CBBC, and very much captured the zeitgeist with its message on the dangers for children online. The film centres around the story of a young girl who meets a boy online, however the plot has a parallel cyber world, which is transformed into a metaphorical sub-reality where she is a lonely Princess and the boy a White Knight. The couple arrange to meet however reality very quickly catches up with her as she realises his ‘boy’ is actually three times her age. The film also shines a light upon other pressing issues such as cyber bullying and the issue of personal security online.
Richard Turley, who graduated from Royal Holloway in 2002 with a degree in History, used the facilities here at the Students’ Union to direct the film; seeing Tommy’s Bar spectacularly transformed into Baron’s Concert Hall for the majority of the filming.
The film has tough competition within the category with three other pieces being nominated, however Richard insists that he is simply honoured just to have been nominated; “It’s a real honour to have been shortlisted – a reflection of all the hard work the team put into the film. The last awards I went to were the Student Radio Awards when I was studying at Royal Holloway and we won! Let’s hope the same happens this time round.”