Award for film about Southsea decline

WINNER Russell Oastler
WINNER Russell Oastler

College in running for top national awards

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THREE television and film production graduates from the University of Portsmouth have won first prize at a film festival.

Russell Oastler, 29, David Kinnaird, 22, and Lucas Way, 21, beat eight other entries to scoop the top award for ‘best local film’ at the Minghella International Short Film Competition for their film The Last Resort.

The 16-minute film explores the decline of Southsea as a traditional seaside resort, told from the perspective of an elderly sea-swimmers group, a seafront cafe manager and the owner of a model village.

The film’s triumph builds on last year’s success when it won the award for best film at The News’ Guide Awards and best documentary at the Inspire Film Festival.

Russell, pictured, who directed the film, said: ‘As a young film-maker living here it’s impossible not to be inspired by Anthony Minghella, the late film director of English Patient fame, and it’s a real honour to be recognised by the festival which was created in his name.

‘The success of the film has massively exceeded our expectations and its continued success will inspire us to persevere with new projects.’

Former course tutor Ben Thompson said: ‘The success of the film is a mark of their talent, vision and hard work to succeed.’

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