Posted on 10/11/2010
Richard chose Tommy’s Bar as the setting for his BAFTA-nominated drama
A BBC factual drama filmed in the Students' Union and directed by Richard Turley, an alumnus of Royal Holloway, University of London, has been nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award.
The British Academy Children's Awards are presented annually to reward excellence in filmed productions aimed at children. The dramatised documentary ‘Caught in the Web’ was aired on BBC One, BBC Two, CBBC and on the internet to highlight the dangers that exist online for children. It has been shortlisted in the best ‘Children’s Factual’ category.
Richard, who graduated from the College in 2002 with a degree in History, said: “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 was the Student Radio Awards when I was studying at Royal Holloway and we won! Let’s hope the same happens this time round."
Tommy’s Bar was transformed into Baron’s Concert Hall for one night last December when it became the focal point of filming for ‘Caught in the Web’. The film, which is up against three other programmes for the coveted BAFTA, centres around following the fictional story of a girl who becomes friends with a boy on the internet. In the online world she is a lonely princess living in a castle, and he is called White Knight.
It turns out the pair have a lot in common so they arrange to meet up at a gig for their favourite band - the Poison Apples - who are playing live at the Baron′s Concert Hall. But on arriving at the venue, the princess soon discovers her new friend is no knight in shining armour, but a man more than three times her age.
Interspersed between the main storyline are various reconstructions of real life experiences from children, ranging from examples of cyber bullying, gaming addition to issues on personal information security.