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DIT graduate nominated for Royal Television Society Student Award

Posted: 2 June, 2017

Ciarán McNamara, a 2016 graduate of the BA in Film & Broadcasting, has been nominated for a Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Award for a film he directed while studying at DIT.

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The film, nominated in the drama category, stars Joe Rooney and Cat Loughlin as one of history's most notorious couples and imagines their final moments together in an air-raid bunker as World War II draws to a close.

Commenting on the genesis of the film Ciarán says, “Adolf and Eva came out of a fascination I have with couples arguing and I thought it would be interesting to explore how even in the most extreme of circumstances, couples will continue to argue about the most mundane of subjects.” A film set in a bunker presented some practical challenges which Ciarán explains, “We had to build a real bunker in the basement of DIT Aungier Street that was big enough for the actors to sit in comfortably and all the production team worked really hard to make this happen.”

The film’s production team was comprised of fellow DIT Film & Broadcasting students - Ashley Turbett (Producer), Phil Davin (Director of Photography) and Pierce McDonagh (Editor) and the project supervisor was Denise Dunphy of the School of Media. Ciarán feels that the support he got from lecturers and student colleagues was instrumental in producing the film. “What really made DIT such a great place to study was how the environment fostered idea generation and that there was always the freedom and time to discuss new concepts and talk through ideas.”

Ciarán has already won the Irish stage of the RTS Student Awards but he believes that not only would winning the overall prize be recognition of the hard work that went into Adolf and Eva, it would provide many more possibilities in his career. “Writing is my passion and winning this award would be huge for me. It will open doors and lead to projects and writing opportunities that may not be possible otherwise.”

Denise Dunphy, DIT Drama lecturer agrees, “This film has made it into the top three films out of 39 submissions from third level institutions around Ireland and the UK, so it's a really big deal. The awards ceremony is a prestigious event, attended by a lot of influential people in the film industry. I'm thrilled that some of our DIT School of Media students are nominated."

The winner of the RTS student awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on Friday, 16 June 2017. More information about the awards can be found on the RTS website

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Ciarán McNamara receiving his award for best drama film at the Royal Television Society Student Awards for the Republic of Ireland held in the RTÉ Studios