Lincoln filmmakers celebrate award for social media satire

A team of talented filmmakers from the University of Lincoln are in contention for a national Royal Television Society (RTS) Award after winning a regional title for their satirical review of society’s obsession with social media.

Facebook Anonymous is a ‘mockumentary’ that reveals the real dangers of Facebook addiction, and it was named as the winner in the Comedy and Entertainment category at the RTS Midlands Student Awards.

Produced by Thomas Mckie, Ashley Wilks, Luke Winter and Alexander Whitcombe while students in Lincoln’s School of Film & Media, the film was celebrated by RTS judges as “an outstanding entry”.

The prize was presented by BAFTA award-winning actress Vicky McClure, who starred in This is England, as well as television series Line of Duty and Broadchurch. As winners at the regional awards, the Lincoln team will go on to compete at the national RTS Awards in spring 2015.

The filmmakers, who graduated from the University earlier this year, now work together as Wall Breaker– an independent corporate video production company which has already been commissioned by national clients.

Ashley Wilks said: “We’re absolutely thrilled about winning the award. We worked very hard on the film, spending over six months developing, shooting and editing it. We used professional actors and shot in numerous locations throughout the UK.”

The team also secured a nomination for their film, The Last Fisherman, in the Drama section, and a student from the University’s School of English & Journalism, Anna Paterson, was nominated in the Factual category for her documentary, Invincible.