Last February James Fitzgerald’s excellent Irish short film Skunky Dog won the Irish Regional section of the Royal Television Society Award for student films. Now the film has just received a National Nomination for Best Drama, making a shortlist of three for the prestigous award.

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 film is produced by Stand Mantra Productions & OIC Media in association with The National Film School @ IADT.

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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 takes place at the British Film Institute in London on June 5th and will be attended by the nominees and key industry figures. In addition, this year the chair of the 20th RTS Student Television Awards Stuart Murphy, Director Entertainment Channels at Sky has agreed to look into scheduling all the nominated films for this year’s Awards on Pick TV ahead of the Ceremony. An edited highlights package of the Awards Ceremony may also be broadcast on Pick TV following the Awards Ceremony.

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