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Brilliant news from London, where James Fitzgerald’s excellent Irish short film Skunky Dog has won two awards at the Royal Television Society Award for student films. The film was awarded prizes for Best Undergraduate Drama, and Best Cinematography for Aidan Gault stunning work in capturing life and the environment of rural Galway.

The film was produced by Paddy Slattery’s Stand Mantra Productions & Fitzgerald and Gerard Walsh’s OIC Media, in association with The National Film School @ IADT. The NFS also received an award as the college behind the film-makers.

Skunky Dog tells the tragic story of Flick, a nineteen year old alcoholic boy who spends his time drinking and dreaming of a better life. Rising star, Ryan McParland (Good Vibrations, 6Degrees) plays Flick, starring alongside Lacy Moore (Emmerdale, Hollyoaks), who took on the role of a young widow who turns his world upside-down by showing him some much-needed affection. A local mechanic, played by Peter Ballance (Game of Thrones, Laws of Attraction) sees potential in Flick and offers him the odd bit of work, when he can. This position becomes a challenge for Flick as Mick’s sexual orientation is a topic of debate amongst the local community.

The RTS Student Awards recognise the best in undergraduate and postgraduate films from across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. The Awards Ceremony and film will be broadcast on Sky Arts on July 19th.

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