Stirling students scoop best factual film award

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Left to right: Jamie Sutherland, Katie Galbraith, Sean Hayman and Calum McIntosh. Photo: Paul Reich

A group of Stirling students has scooped a prestigious award at this year’s Royal Television Society Student Awards.

Jamie Sutherland, Katie Galbraith, Calum McIntosh and Sean Hayman won the Best Factual Award with their film The Cornerman.

The Cornerman follows the story of ringside coach Rab Bannan and his team at The Barn Boxing Club in Coatbridge.

Speaking after the awards, film and media student Jamie Sutherland said: “It’s a great feeling to have won the award for Best Factual after all the hard work that went into making The Cornerman. We knew that we’d be up against some tough competition, so we’re really pleased that the judges enjoyed our film, and bought into what we were trying to achieve with it. ”

The team also won the award for Best Broadcast at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards last May, the third consecutive year a group of Stirling students has one the category.

Jamie added: “I think what makes The Cornerman stand out is that it’s not quite what you’d expect from a boxing documentary. Given that Rab Bannan – the man at the centre of our documentary – is the most successful amateur boxing coach in Europe, we knew that there had to be an interesting story behind his success.

“What we didn’t realise before going to spend time at his gym was how much Rab means – not just to the boxers he trains, but to everyone in Coatbridge. That ended up becoming the focus of our documentary rather than the sport itself, so I don’t think you necessarily have to be a fan of boxing to find the story we wanted to tell interesting.”

Dario Sinforiani, the University of Stirling’s Head of Production Teaching, said: “We’re delighted that to see another group of Stirling production students win at The Royal Television Society Awards.

“The success they have enjoyed demonstrates their commitment and talent to The Cornerman. I’m very proud of the students and the staff who guided them through the process.”

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