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Queen’s student wins Royal Television Society Student Award


Sean Murray
Film Studies

Queen’s University Film Studies PhD student Séan Murray, from Belfast, has won a national award for his short film, Fractured City.

The film topped the Postgraduate Drama category of The Royal Television Society Student Awards 2016, which took place at the British Film Institute in London.

Fractured City charts the story of two friends growing up in Belfast during a period of political turmoil and has already premiered at the Dingle International Film Festival and the Belfast Film Festival.

Séan completed his undergraduate degree in Film Studies at Queen’s. He continued his studies with a Masters in Film and he is currently a PhD student at Queen’s Film Studies department.

Séan said: “This win is a real testament to the teaching staff and first class production facilities we have here at Queen’s. Recognition at this level certainly reflects the commitment we all have of ensuring our work is exhibited amongst the best in the world.”

Professor Cahal McLaughlin from Queen’s School of Creative Arts said: “We are delighted that Séan has won this award. He was the only non-National Film and Television School nominee, so it was very special for him to be the only university entrant at this Masters' level. Séan’s film, Fractured City, is a nuanced representation of life for young working class people in Belfast and I am sure it will win many more awards.

“Séan‘s success comes at the same time as our BA Film Studies and Production course has been declared Number One in the Guardian's University League Tables, which reflects well on the staff at Queen’s, who offer outstanding teaching and support to our students.”

Fractured City features music by David Holmes and the cast includes Belfast actor Martin McCann, Ryan McParland, Ciaran McCourt, Lalor Ruddy, Kevin Keenan and Chris Simpson.

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Media inquiries to Anne-Marie Clarke (Mon-Wed) or Michelle Cassidy (Thu-Fri) at Queen’s University Communications Office T: +44 (0)28 9097 5310 E:

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