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Posted 02.12.14

Film grad Robbie Doran wins ‘Best Undergraduate Drama’

By Sarah Packer

Robbie Doran with his award

BA (Hons) Film graduate, Robbie Doran, has won ‘Best Undergraduate Drama’ at the Royal Television Society Devon and Cornwall 2014 Awards.

Here, Robbie talks to us about his winning film and his experience here at the college.

“'Knives' was entered into the award by my lecturer Lucy Leake, and I knew very little about it until she told me I'd been shortlisted.” says Robbie.

His film 'Knives' won the award due to the excellence of his storytelling, and technical expertise in both the shooting and editing of the film.

Robbie behind the scenes for his film 'Knives'

“The film was a collaboration between myself and my friend Luke, who not only starred in it on screen, but also did the voiceover and musical score.

"I wrote the script as an elaboration on a short by Cosmo Jarvis called 'Scissors', along with heavy influence from 'Dead Man's Shoes' and 'Trainspotting', both favourites of mine and Luke's.”

The film was also selected for screening by NAHEMI at Bristol’s annual Encounters Film Festival earlier this year.

Still for Plymouth College of Art alumni Robbie Doran's 'Knives'

“I attended the awards out of curiosity more than anything, and then to have won was a massive surprise! Walking down to collect the award, my heart was racing, but everyone there from the college were cheering – so it was nice to have them supporting me.”

Robbie tells us what he thinks of the course now hes graduated: I took a gap year after completing my foundation degree in 2010, and came back in 2013 to do the top up year with a new sense of inspiration. The class I went into was brilliant, I made some great new friends and the lecturers on the film course are awesome!”

Robbie’s film will now go through to the National Awards of the Royal Television Society. Watch it below:

Knives from Robert Doran on Vimeo.

Read about Robbie's screening at the Nahemi Film Festival

– Find out more about our BA (Hons) Film programme